Homemade Windsock with a 2-Liter Bottle

Written by deborah h. schreiben
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Homemade Windsock with a 2-Liter Bottle
Turn a plain 2-liter bottle into a wind sock. (bouteille d"eau image by philippe Devanne from Fotolia.com)

You can recycle a 2-liter bottle to make a colourful windsock. This craft is suitable for people of a wide range of ages and abilities. I f you have artistic abilities, you could paint a detailed seasonal scene on the bottle. For a simpler project, paint a simple one-color base, splatter on an assortment of colours, paint on stripes or swirl on a freehand design. If desired, leave the bottle plain, particularly if it is a green bottle. This windsock is water-repellent, so it can be out in the rain.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Utility knife
  • Hole puncher
  • Ruler
  • Craft paint
  • Acrylic spray
  • 2-inch wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Glue gun
  • String

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a utility knife to cut around the top and bottom of the bottle, leaving a 10-inch-high tube shape.

  2. 2

    Punch two holes directly across from each other 1/2 inch from the top edge. These will be the holes for hanging the windsock. Punch seven evenly spaced holes around the bottom of the bottle, 1 inch from the bottom edge.

  3. 3

    Paint the outside of the bottle as desired with craft paint. When dry, spray with an acrylic sealer to protect the paint from rain. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Cut seven 2-foot lengths of ribbon. Tie a knot at the end of each ribbon.

  5. 5

    Roll the unknotted end of the ribbon tightly and push it through one of the bottom holes, so the knot is on the inside of the bottle. Apply a dab of hot glue between the knot and the rim of the hole. Pull the ribbon so the knot is secure against the inside of the bottle. Continue to hold in place until the glue cools. Cut the bottom of the ribbon diagonally to prevent fraying. Repeat for the remaining ribbons.

  6. 6

    Cut an 18-inch length of string. Put one end through each of the top holes. Tie and knot securely.

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