If you live in a place where the wind blows constantly, you may want to consider putting wind accessories like wind chimes or wind spinners to add a bit of color and excitement to the open air areas of your home.
Making wind spinners for your patios and verandas is quite easy. They add a bit of bohemian charm to your home and are a great conversation piece! Creating wind spinners also helps you stretch your creative muscles as well as your designing ones. Making wind spinners is so easy; you can do it with your kids.
You’ll need the following items:
- 2 empty 2-liter plastic soda bottles
- Hole punchers
- Plastic beads
- 8 inch cord or ribbon
- 12-inch heavy wire
- Needle nose pliers
Note: This can be done using clear or colored soda bottles. Regardless of which ones you decide to use, how beautiful they turn out depends on how creative you can get decorating them.
- Step 1: Cut out 12 to 14 strips off the plastic bottles. These strips need to be measured at ½ inch wide and 10 inches long.
- Step 2: Take your hole puncher and make holes at the center of each strip a quarter inch from the end. Do this for all the strips you’ve cut from the bottle.
- Step 3: Use the needle nose pliers to make one loop towards the end of the heavy wire.
- Step 4: Thread a single bead from the other end of the wire.
- Step 5: Put your first plastic strip over the heavy wire. Then thread it through the hole and put in another bead. Alternate threading the plastic strips and beads until you use up all of the strips you’ve cut from the plastic bottle.
- Step 6: Get a ruler and measure the length from the bottom loop to the tip of your bead stack and plastic strips. Next, measure it also going down from the top the same distance plus an extra 1 ½ inch for the top loop. Mark that spot along the heavy wire using a marker. Fill the remainder of the wire with beads up until the mark you’ve made.
- Step 7: Take the end of the first strip you threaded on the heavy wire. It should be the strip at the bottom of the stack and bring it up and thread the wire through the hole at the other end. Doing so will make the strip bend a bit. Put in a bead then bring the other end of the next strip from the bottom onto the wire. Alternate putting in beads and strips until you stack up the wire full. Always draw from the bottom of the strip stack. Make sure you don’t thread too tight or it won’t spin.
- Step 8: After you thread the last of the strips, put in a last bead on the wire. Take your pliers and make another loop at the end. This is what you’ll use to hang the wind spinner from.
- Step 9: Finally, loop the piece of cord or ribbon to the top loop you made in Step 8 and fasten it to allow the spinner to be hung. You can arrange the strips into a spiral formation along the wire.