How to Make a Windmill From Plastic Bottles

Written by jonita davis
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What child had not been fascinated by the simple, spinning wind toys? Now, you can offer a child the opportunity to create a windmill--an exciting summer project that will keep them buzzing around with sheer delight. Each child will be excited about the toys they have created using vibrant colours and their own two hands. Today you can give them the opportunity to create a windmill all their own. Nothing could be easier then these windmills, made with recyclables and other inexpensive materials. Read on to learn how to make a windmill from plastic bottles.

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Things you need

  • 2 litre plastic bottle
  • Lid from the bottle
  • Drill
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • 16 inches of 2mm craft wire
  • Wooden dowel or garden stake
  • Duct tape or masking tape
  • Pliers
  • Three beads
  • Assorted stickers
  • Permanent makers
  • Newspaper

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    Prepare more difficult tasks prior to working with children. Cut the bottom off of the two litre bottle using the knife. Use the drill with a 1/8-inch drill bit to make a hole in the centre of the bottom from the bottle. Next, drill a 1/8-inch hole into the centre of the cap from the bottle. Finally drill a 1/8-inch hole centred 1-inch from the top of the wooden dowel.

  2. 2

    Let the child help with the remaining steps. Use a permanent marker to draw even lines around the bottle from the bottom cut edge up to 2/3 top of the bottle. Take the scissors and cut along the marked lines.

  3. 3

    Bend each cut piece back toward the top of the bottle. It should now resemble an octopus. The octopus' legs with be the blades or sails of the windmill.

  4. 4

    Place newspaper on the table below the bottle for your tables protection during the decorating process. Using the permanent markers, decorate the bottle as desired. Use your imagination to make each sail unique. You may also use the stickers to decorate the bottle, but not the sails as the weight may hinder spinning.

  5. 5

    Place a bead at the end of the wire. Using the pliers, curl a tight loop around the bead. Slide the other end of the wire through to more beads then the base of the bottle, making sure the curved side is facing the beads.

  6. 6

    Continue assembly by running the wire through the decorated bottle with the curved side facing the beads once again. Now the wire will continue through the bottle cap, then another bottle cap. Next run the wire through the dowel. Pull the wire tightly, twisting it down and around the dowel. Using a piece of masking tape or duct tape, wrap the bottom edge of the wire to secure it. The tape also protect little hands from the sharp edge of the wire.

  7. 7

    Decorate the wooden handle of the windmill of desired. Then, blow it and watch it spin.

Tips and warnings

  • Stick the windmill in the yard for added decoration to any garden or flower pot.
  • These windmills contain small parts that young children may choke on, such as the beads and other small parts. Therefore do not leave young children unattended with them.
  • The wire may have sharp edges if the tape is removed.

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