Introduction: Totoro Whirligig

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I made a Totoro Whirligig using basic tools!
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Step 1: Draw and Cut & Paint Your Totoro Characters

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You can Google search the characters or scene you wish to apply to your whirligig.
We choose the scene with the bus station and modified it a little bit :)

Step 2: Cut the Box Pieces

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Cut the pieces forming the box for the mechanics (bent wire) to go into, it will depend on the dimensions of your characters.

Step 3: Cut the Hub

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Using jigsaw cut the hub to receive propellers.
When cutting always go from clockwise or counterclockwise (never combine two directions)

Step 4: Cut and Insert the Propellers

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Use thin plywood to cut propellers.
Probably some flat PVC (or material from plastic bottles) would be better option as it is waterproof.

Glue the propellers into the hub using some CA glue (superglue).

Drill the center hole through the hub to accept your rod (mine was 1/8'' steel rod)

Step 5: Assemble the Box

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Use only screws, no glue!

Step 6: Bend the Wire

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Bend the wire using pliers, hammer, clamps....or better with the vise (I don't own one).

Step 7: Finishing Steps!

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Open each photo and look the info box by hovering the mouse over it!

Step 8: Put on Finish and Enjoy!

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Finish it and enjoy it on windy days, it will, for sure, put lots of smiles on people's and children's faces!

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jlepack (author)2015-11-21

Totally love whirligigs!

CFMinecrafter (author)2015-08-30

Aww... So cute... :)

JNewhook (author)2015-08-10

Very cool. My wife wants me to build her one. Thanks for sharing.

DIY Andrea (author)JNewhook2015-08-11

Please do, she'll be thrilled! Thanks!

Treasure Tabby (author)2015-08-10

Cool you even have the cat-bus. :D

Also did you know Disney is remaking a version of this?

As for me I have mixed feeling about that.

Also next time maybe you can some how incorperate some solar lights.

I didn't know that Disney was remaking one.
You can add a lot of stuff on it, this is the basic version, but you can go wild if you want to :)

jflake (author)2015-08-11

I HAVE to make this now! good little project! Simple and perfect!

DIY Andrea (author)jflake2015-08-11

Thank you jflake! Please share it when done!

giritberen (author)2015-08-10

Great work!! This is so cute!

DIY Andrea (author)giritberen2015-08-10

Thank you very much!

Two Paddles Design (author)2015-08-10

Whirlygigs and Totoro, two of my favorite things together!

Thank you for the nice comment!

Boygasmo (author)2015-08-10

OMG!!! *SQUEEE!* I love My Neighbor Totoro!

DIY Andrea (author)Boygasmo2015-08-10

Thanks!! I love it too!

ecsaul23 (author)2015-08-10


DIY Andrea (author)ecsaul232015-08-10

Thank you!

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