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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!
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Step 1: Materials

An empty plastic two-liter pop bottle

Colored electrical tape, or labeling tape


Flexible tape measure

Pen or pencil

Exacto knife

Paper clip

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.
tracyalgar3 months ago

Thanks for the great instructable, this is very useful to me!

What a great and clever project! If you spiral the colored tape down the bottle before slitting, when it spins, the colors should "spiral" like an old barber pole.
kellyndiy4 years ago
I love this, am going to work on a few for the yard this weekend. My dad would love one for his camper awning!
Wonder if there is a way to put some random LED lights on the fins so when its spinning at night you can see it? Anyone have any idea?
OlivePie4 years ago
This is such a wonderful idea! I'm getting started right away on making these for my niece and nephew. :]
bauble6 years ago
This is a green 2 litre lemonade bottle with slits cut nearly all the way to the lid.
bauble6 years ago
Hi there Ninya

What a fun and creative way to use old bottles. I made one of your wind spinners, but I made the angles on the fins a bit different to catch more of the wind. My diagram shows your method on the left and mine on the right. I also pinched all the creases with pliers rather than my fingers. I guess that's why it's got a squashed look like a UFO. I have just put a few marks on it with fluro highlighters, but when I get some pretty colored markers like in Crystal Stranger's Plastic Bottle "Stained Glass" Candleholder Instructable I will go for that effect.

There is no wind at the moment, but if the spinner gets pushed around by the wind instead of spinning, I could put a weight in the bottom or put the whole thing on a vertical axle.

Thanks very much for this Instructable. My yard is going to be a prettier place.

bauble bauble6 years ago
Don't know if I did anything wrong but Instructables is only showing my pix small. You can see them bigger if you left click on them or middle click to see them in a new tab.
avaistheone6 years ago
What a fun project using a recycled object. The colors make me happy.
DebH576 years ago
Now that is really clever! I would like to see it in action.
Love it! The colored tape is a real simple and not messy way to make it look cool, and I like the idea of applying it before cutting- I'll have to make one of these!
nate1216 years ago
great idea good recycling uses
ChrysN6 years ago
Adding the coloured tape, makes it look extra nice. Well done!
CaseyCase6 years ago
Clever reuse!
=SMART=6 years ago
Very Nice !