DIY Wind Spinners

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Adding DIY craft projects to your backyard is one way to make your patio more inviting and give you a sense of accomplishment.

Often these projects can be made from items that you would normally discard, thus your costs are minimal at best.

Besides bird feeders, water fountains, fish ponds, bird houses and so on, wind spinners are another of those DIY projects that add beauty to any patio setting and they are often quite simple to do and take very few materials.

One simple one is to use plastic soda bottles. First paint the bottle in your favorite color or colors. Once it dries make vertical cuts using a sharp Exacto knife or a utility one. The cuts should run from right below the top curve of the bottle to where the curve starts at the bottom of the bottle.

Once this is done, squish the bottle so that the strips flare outward. Pinch the strips at the middle of each.

Next make a small hole in the middle of the bottle cap using a drill bit, punching a nail through it or screwing a screw in and out and insert the string or nylon fishing cord that will serve as the hanging source. Tie a knot in the piece of cord that goes to the bottom of the cap. Notice that the knot must be large enough to prevent the string from coming out through the hole in the bottle cap. You can also use any small screw and tie the cord to it.

Attach the cap and you are done. A fishing swivel that connects the end of the cord that comes from the top of the cap to the longer piece of cord that will be used to attach your finished spinner to a branch. They works great in allowing the cord to twist without creating tension or snags.

The same technique used to make the soda bottle spinner can also be applied to soda or beer aluminum cans. Wear gloves since the edges of the cans can cut and use care when squishing them since they are easy to squash and you would have to straiten them again if you overdo it.

You can leave the cans unpainted or paint them in your choice of colors. Just paint them ahead of time. If you scratch some paint off then you can always retouch the color afterwards. The reason to paint them before you start the work is so that you do not get any paint on their interior surface The interior aluminum color blends well with the outside design and provides a color contrast.

If you wish, you may place some small votive candles in the inside of the cans to make hanging lanterns Just be aware that unless you place the candles inside a small glass jar like a bay food jar, the slightness wind will blow the flame out. If you intend on adding the candles, then use a wire connector to attach the top of the can to the hanging cord; heat and nylon don't go well together.



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Don't forget the kids!

one for the kids....Yes I don't draw that well.....Oh well!
one for the kids....Yes I don't draw that well.....Oh well!

© 2012 Luis E Gonzalez

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theherbivorehippi 4 years ago from Holly, MI

Where was this idea in the spring??!!!! lol I know what I'm adding to my winter craft list this year. Brilliant idea....I love this!


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

theherbivorehippi: Thank you


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I do like the first photo of the soda bottle spinner. Very interesting and creative idea.


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

teaches12345: Thank you


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

What a wonderful article. Very innovative. I will certainly give some of them a try. Thanks for sharing.


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

d.william: Thank you

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