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Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner

A fantastic upcycling project! A recycled plastic bottle wind spinner is a creative way to breathe new life into discarded plastic bottles. You can collect various sizes of plastic bottles, clean and cut them into strips or shapes, and then attach them to a central axis or a metal rod. Add some decorative elements like beads, feathers, or other embellishments to create a visually appealing design. Hang your wind spinner in a breezy spot, and watch as the plastic strips spin and twirl in the wind, creating a mesmerizing display. This project not only reduces waste but also provides a beautiful and eco-friendly decoration for your yard or patio.

What you’ll need to make a Plastic bottle Wind Spinner

  • 1-liter plastic bottle
  • Colored duct tape or electrical tape
  • Box cutter or craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Snap swivel
  • Coated paper clip
  • Fishing line

How to make the Wind Spinner

  1. Start by washing out your bottle and removing any labels. Cover the middle section of the bottle with white tape. You can cut different colored tape into strips to create a stripe effect like I have.
  2. Starting from the top of the tape and ending at the bottom of the tape, cut vertical slits in the bottle, about ¾” apart.

3. Push the top of the bottle toward the bottom of the bottle. This will cause the slits to collapse. Hold it in place and fold each slit in the center, creating a crease.

4. Next angle the slits by making folds at the top and bottom of each slit. This allows the wind to catch them and make it spin. At the top of each slit make a 45-degree fold to the right. At the bottom of each slit make a 45-degree fold to the left.

5. Cut a small hole in the top of the bottle cap. Unfold and stretch the paper clip out and thread it through the looped end of the swivel.

NOTE: A snap swivel is a piece of fishing tackle available anywhere that sells tackle, such as Walmart. Look for them in packages in the fishing aisle of the sporting goods section. They are inexpensive, a couple dollars for a package. The swivel is used so that the fishing line that your wind spinner is hanging from does not tangle around itself.

6. Twist the paper clip together then insert it into the hole in the top of the bottle cap. Bend the ends of the paper clip so that it can’t come back out the hole.

7. Twist the cap onto the bottom and hang from the open end of the swivel using fishing line.

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