A wind spinner is really easy to make from soda bottles, and they look great hanging from a branch of a tree in your yard. They easily catch the wind and they can get spinning pretty fast. Make several in different colors and create a mobile of them hanging from one tree. They are a delight to watch!
Step 1: Materials
An empty plastic two-liter pop bottle
Colored electrical tape, or labeling tape
Flexible tape measure
Pen or pencil
Ball bearing swivel (used for fishing, and can be found by the fishing accessories in any discount store)
String for hanging
Step 2: Step 1
Begin your pop bottle wind spinner by rinsing it out well, and removing all the labels, as best as you can.
Step 3: Step 2
Run lengths of colored electrical tape around the middle of the pop bottle, as shown. This will also help cover any of the label that still might be stuck on.
Step 4: Step 3
Measure along the top tape strip with a flexible measuring tape. Use a pen or pencil to measure off 3/4 inch sections.
Step 5: Step 4
Using an exacto knife, cut a vertical strip down the length of the pop bottle at each 3/4 inch mark. Begin at the top of the tape strip, or about at the point where the pop bottle is straight and not curved from the top. Extend the cut all the way to about 2 inches above the bottom. You may find it is hard to keep the cut lines straight. Take your time and do the best you can. If some are curved cuts, you will hardly notice in the final result.
Step 6: Step 5
Next, squish down the pop bottle. This will make the strips flare out. When they do, pinch each strip in the middle to create a fold.
Step 7: Step 6
The next step is to angle the strips by making folds at the top and bottom, so the wind can catch them. To do this, begin at the top. Make a 45 degree fold to the right at the very top of each strip.