A windspinner makes a fun addition to any yard and discourages unwanted, movement-sensitive animals from visiting your garden. Building and using a windspinner also teaches children about wind power and useful recycling. Windspinners begin as 2 litre plastic drink bottles that you decorate to create colourful, whirling fun in your yard. Hang your windspinner from a tree, your porch or from a tall stake in your garden. Either way, the wind soon will have your windspinner twirling.
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Things you need
- 2 litre plastic drink bottle
- Coloured electrical tape
- Seamstress tape measure
- Razor knife
- Paper clip
Soak a 2 litre drink bottle in hot soapy water for several minutes to clean the bottle and remove the label. Rinse and dry the bottle and lid.
Wrap seven rows of electrical tape, using a different colour for each row, around the middle of the bottle to make decorative stripes.
Measure around the top stripe with a seamstress tape measure and mark every 3/4 inch using a marker. If you don't have a flexible tape measure, mark a piece of string every 3/4 inch using a tape measure or ruler. Tie the string around the bottle and mark the top stripe every 3/4 inch.
Use a ruler as a guide you while you make a vertical cut at each 3/4 inch mark from the top of the first electrical tape stripe to the bottom of the stripe.
Push the bottle down from the bottle neck to make the cuts in the bottle fan out. Pinch the middle of each fanned strip to make a horizontal crease. Repeat this on each strip all the way around the bottle. Fold the top of each strip on a 45 degree angle to the right. Fold the bottom of each strip on a 45 degree angle to the left. This will angle the strips just enough so the wind will catch them easily.
Make a hole in the bottle cap by pounding a nail through it. Open a small paper clip and fold the middle over your finger to form a loop. Pinch the ends together and feed the ends through the hole in the cap until the loop is 1 inch high in the top of the cap. Hold the ends on the inside of the cap and twist the loop three times. Bend the ends 45 degrees inside the cap. Make sure the paper clip turns freely in the cap. If it doesn't, remove the paper clip and make the hole a little larger. Tie a string through the loop on the cap for hanging the windspinner.
Tips and warnings
- Another method of installing this windspinner involves drilling a small hole in the bottom of the bottle with a power drill and screwing it upside down to a tall garden stake. Drill the screw down halfway so the bottle will spin easily.
- When cutting the bottle with a razor knife use extra care and go slowly to avoid cutting yourself. The cutting should be done by an adult.
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