You Won't Believe the Story Behind This Design. First You'll Be Shocked, Then You'll Be Inspired

Behold the power of the windmill.

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Step 1: The Base

Construct a base using PVC pipes.

Step 2: Secure the Base

Your base has been constructed, but you need to protect it from forces that may undermine its integrity. Using duct tape, secure each joint of the base. Make sure the base is secure, and that it is balanced on each side so that when you add the top of the windmill, it won't tip over.

Step 3: Spray Paint!

Choose your favorite inspiring color of spray paint, gather your base, and go somewhere that you can spray paint without worrying about collateral damage. We chose a vibrant shade of purple mountain majesty to highlight our piece. You can choose any color you so desire.

Step 4: The Wheel

Go to your local construction material store and go inside, avoiding spending copious amounts of time perusing the garden section. Go straight to the electrical section, and seek out a spool (one that would normally be used for electrical wire). On your way out, purchase an American flag.

Step 5: Celebration

Take some time to celebrate your accomplishments thus far. Listen to the national anthem and proudly display your newly-acquired American flag on the drive back from the construction store.

Step 6: Back to Work

You're not done yet, though you will get another chance to celebrate soon.

Using a power drill, take apart your spool so that it resembles a wheel that will fit easily on your PVC pipe. At this point, check to make sure the spool fits on your pipe.

Step 7: Hot Glue

Take your spool off the PVC pipe base. Gather a hot glue gun and extra glue, as well as some cups. Using the hot glue, strategically glue the cups onto the spool so that it may catch wind when finished.

Wait for the glue to dry, and, as always, use precaution around the hot glue.

Step 8: Finishing Touches

Once your hot glue has dried and the cups are secure, place the spool back on the base. At this time, if you feel the spool has a tendency to move around, you may secure it with cable ties.

Step 9: The First Test Run

Now you are ready to go into the world with your windmill. Take your windmill outside, and once you find a particularly windy part of your neighborhood, test it to see it twirl.

We hope you have enjoyed this Instructable! Congratulations on constructing your windmill!

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    3 years ago

    Unbelievably shocking yet quite inspiring!

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    3 years ago

    No vote from me. You promise a story and don't deliver.

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    I think the story is there - you just have to read carefully. Step #4 has a lot of interesting story that probably happened to the author. But the best part of any project is the story that you create for yourself when you make one of these.


    Reply 3 years ago

    hahaha I was thinking the same xD


    3 years ago

    damn you mr bait and switch, where did the story go!?


    Fun windmill design. Could you elaborate on the story behind thisI project.