Coke can spinning crafts

Updated April 17, 2017

Recycling is all the rage. But instead of throwing all of those empty coke cans into a recycle bin, save a few to make spinning crafts for your home and garden. Commonly known as whirligigs, spinning crafts are powered by air currents. Making whirligigs out of coke cans can be done in one afternoon and will add a touch of whimsy to your decor.

Flower Whirligig

Add some colour to your garden with flower whirligigs. Just cut off the top of your coke can, and cut the body into strips leaving them still attached to the bottom of the can. Flatten out the strips, twist each strip slightly and paint them with brightly coloured spray paint. Let dry. Attach the centre of the flower to a post that will act as the stem.

Airplane with Spinning Propeller

You can make a cool aeroplane with a spinner propeller out of just three coke cans. One soda can serves as the body. The other cans form the tail, wings, wheels and the spinning propeller. Find detailed instructions at Hang the aeroplane from a wire where the wind blows freely and enjoy your creation.

Soda Can Spinner

Create an impressive soda can spinner craft by hooking two or more of these spinners together with wire to make a long spinning sculpture. First fill the empty coke can with water (but not to the top) and freeze it. Use an exacto knife to cut the sides of the can into diagonal strips. When the ice melts, squeeze from the top toward the bottom to open up the cuts, then slightly twist each spoke. Add some bling by adding beads to the wire that strings the cans together.

Tips for Working with Aluminum Cans

Wear thick gloves when cutting your coke cans. It is easy to cut skin with an exacto knife or the sharp edges of the can itself.

Sharp scissors also work well to cut through aluminium cans. You don't need special cutters if you don't have them.

Use long cuts for smooth straight lines and short, smaller cuts for curves.

Always dispose of scrap aluminium carefully. Bend the scrap pieces together so that no sharp edges can cut you. Then place the scraps in the recycle bin.

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Larraine Stacey started her career as a reporter and editor in 1966, when she wrote daily columns, features and editorials for "Grand Prairie Daily News." A University of North Texas journalism major, Stacey writes for Let's Go Travel Guides and other websites. She is also the author of a bestselling young-adult fantasy series.