Introduction: Soda Can Wind Spinners
This project is a basic wind spinner to go out into the yard for free and great for the environment.
Step 1: Preparing the Cans
Start by drinking or draining two aluminum soda cans and popping off the tab on top.Then rinse them out with running water so they're not sticky on the inside. Don't worry about any water still on the sides of the can but try and get most the water out of it.
Step 2: Poking a Hole
Next pop a hole in the bottom of both cans using some sharp scissors or a hammer and nail.
Step 3: Cutting Off the Top
Next using scissors cut a hole near the top of the can and continue cutting until the entire top is off, making sure to not cut anywhere below where the can begins to narrow. It doesn't matter if the cut is pretty or not.
Step 4: Cutting the Can Into Strips
Using a piece of paper, divide it into 5/8" segments using a ruler and just making a mark every 5/8"
Then using that template, wrap it around the can, using a piece of tape to keep it in place.
Then make a mark onto the can using a easily washed off marker.
Finally using scissors cut where the marks are all the way to the bottom of the can and bend the strips downward, taking care not to let the metal crimp.
Step 5: Cutting and Folding the Strips
Cut off the excess metal from the top of the strips where it originally narrowed and try to get them as straight as possible.
Then using pliers or your hands fold the top of the strip back onto itself about 1/4"
Step 6: Folding the Strips (more)
Taking two strips right next to the other overlap one onto the other so it's underneath the flap and it creates a right angle.
Step 7: Folding the Strips (even More)
Now taking the edge where the two strips meet fold the edge back onto itself using pliers or your fingers so they don't fall apart.
Step 8: Continue Folding
Keep connecting and folding each strip in the same direction until every strip is married to another.
Step 9: Finishing Up
Pull a piece of wire through the two holes of the cans bottoms and wrap a button or beads around it so it doesn't slip off .