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Making Something From Nothing

Updated on October 12, 2015

It's a really good feeling inside when you turn something old that has been thrown away into something new and useful. That's exactly what has been done here to an old beer can. It's easier than it actually looks, and all of the materials for this home project can be gathered up for nothing. This old beer can turned windmill has been spinning and providing an interesting show to watch for some time now, and way beyond it's usefulness as a beverage container.

The materials you need for this project include -

1. One empty aluminum pint beer can with cap.

Basic materials that you will need.
Basic materials that you will need.

2. One standard gauge metal coat hanger.

3. One utility knife.

4. A dab of grease (Optional)

To start your windmill project, get one empty pint beer can with the cap still on it. You don't have to drink beer to make a one of these windmills. You can pick up an empty can from the side of the road, and soda pop companies are also beginning to use these same shape beverage containers for cola drinks.

Caution: Be very careful not to cut yourself with the utility knife or on the sharp edges of the windmill that you are creating.

Using your extra sharp utility knife slightly poke one hole through the center of the cap, and another hole through the dead center of the bottom of the aluminum can. This is where the coat hanger will slide through later on. Next using all the photographs in this hub as guides make all of the necessary cuts and bends to your aluminum pint can. Don't worry if you mess up and make a mistake, because you can always grab another discarded empty beer can, and start all over fresh.

For the final step of your windmill straighten out your metal coat hanger. Once straightened slide the coat hanger through the holes in the cap and bottom of the can that you made earlier on. Bend your coat hanger as it appears in the below photograph, and add your optional grease, if you desire, to the areas of the coat hanger that are in contact with the two holes in your aluminum pint can. Now your windmill is ready for some serious non-stop action.

You can hang your little windmill anywhere where there is a good wind source. Originally this windmill was attached and hanging in front of an industrial sized fan in my work place. It hung in that same spot for well over a year, and it had many admirers as well as a movie or two taken from some onlookers cell phones while the little windmill was in action spinning around.

However after all of the wonderful history, and popularity that surrounded this little windmill at work, someone who had nothing better to do in management decided that it shouldn't be in front of the fan and that it had to go. It didn't make any difference that the little windmill was high up in the air, wasn't hurting anything or anybody, and that everybody else at work enjoyed very much having it around. So to make a long story short I brought it home, and the little windmill is now enjoying a life in retirement spinning around outside in the fresh breezes of the great outdoors.

This little windmill is just a cool idea that I wanted to take a moment and share with all of you good people, and this is solid proof that anyone can make something from nothing.

Quick instructions on how to make an Easter bunny rabbit -

Smash an empty standard 12oz aluminum can with your foot, and spray paint it white. Glue a white cotton ball on for it's tail, and draw a happy face on it with a sharpie marker. Make two little long bunny ears out of hard cardboard, and insert behind the head as shown in the photo. You can also add two paper teeth and another little cotton ball for it's nose if desired. Now you have one Easter bunny rabbit ready for action!

Stay tuned for my next upcoming hub - On how to build Budweiser helicopters & Miller Lite airplanes


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    • SagDiva profile image

      Kay Adams 

      4 years ago from Maryland

      That's really cool. Thank you for sharing that.

    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      That really is a cool use for a can that otherwise would have been discarded!

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      Andy James 

      5 years ago from London

      Very nice. I'm getting a master at this kind of thing, with paper usually though - since our daughter came along. Liked and shared.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 

      5 years ago from Pakistan

      Interesting hub! Thumbs up!

    • Traci Ruffner profile image

      Traci Ruffner 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, North Carolina

      I love upcycling ideas. :-)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a simple, fun little piece! Very inspiring.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      Cool way of going green.

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      5 years ago from Denver Colorado

      Kind of cool, you should post a YouTube video of your pinwheel in action!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Interesting project, photos and I love the title "Making Something from Nothing".

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      Mike Robbers 

      5 years ago from London

      A creative hub and an easy to do case study. I think the only limit in using everyday, used objects is our imagination. Many thanks for this great idea!

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool thanks for sharing that.


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