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Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

There are some truly classic craft projects out there, the kind that never get old or go out of style. This wind spinner, made from a recycled plastic bottle is a perfect example. Kids have been making wind spinners for years, only now; we have pretty colored Duck Tape to decorate them!

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

This is one of those crafts that the kids can enjoy day after day. You hang it outside from a tree branch or on a shepherd’s hook, and watch it spin every time a breeze comes through.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

This is actually a rather useful project as well. If you have a vegetable garden, especially one with tomatoes or berries that birds like to get into, hang one or several wind spinners to keep the birds out. The movement of the wind spinner deters the birds from landing and feasting on your long awaited harvest!

You can see it in action with a light breeze by watching the short demonstration video below:

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

This is a great way to recycle plastic bottles into something fun to watch and the kids will love making them. Heck, you might too!

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

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.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Starting from the top of the tape and ending at the bottom of the tape, cut vertical slits in the bottle, about ¾” apart.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

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.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

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.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

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.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

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.

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

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner at CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner

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Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner

What you need:

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

What you do:

  1. Start by washing out your bottle and removing any labels. Cover the middle section of the bottle with tape. You can cut different colored tape into strips to create a stripe effect like we 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.
  6. Unfold and stretch the paper clip out and thread it through the looped end of the swivel. 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.

Notes from Amanda

A snap swivel is a piece of fishing tackle available at all discount department stores. 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.

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24 Responses to Recycled Plastic Bottle Wind Spinner

  1. 1
    Casse-bonbec says:

    fantastic, I just love that creation!

  2. 2
    Henri says:

    I had forgotten about this spinner. Thanks. Would you have the bird feeder that is made with a plastic bottle and wooden spoons. Also an “oldie but goodie” Hanger was the same as this spinner. Thanks for any help.

  3. 3
    jet says:

    awesome idea, briliant, I never had t hought of tape, i always paint my plastic bottles, and give it a clear varnish layer after all.
    i like this idea, i have some trees that likes to hang in a spinner. Thank you for the tute and the sharing.;-D

  4. 4

    This is awesome, Amanda! What a fabulous summer project to do with the kids.

  5. 5
    Yvette H says:

    I made this project with my 3-year-old grandson and 4-year-old granddaughter a couple of days ago and they turned out great! The kids have been enjoying watching them spin in the yard ever since. Thanks so much for this post!

  6. 6
    Asha says:

    soo cute idea..

  7. 7
    mary says:

    love this idea and so easy.

  8. 8
    Janet says:

    What a great idea! I made one a while back with paint and you cut pieces out of the bottle – kind of a pain! Will definitely try this one! Also made candlestick holders for my wedding out of 2 liter bottles they turned out awesome! Love working with recycled stuff!

  9. 9
    Julie says:

    At first I was intrigued with the Duck tape and then realized it’s known as duct tape here in Australia. Either way, I think this would be very colorful when spinning in the wind.

  10. 10
    marinalva says:

    Ola Amanda,moro no Brasil e você tem os traços de uma prima minha que mora em Chicago e há anos que não a vejo,aproximadamente uns 15 anos.Há alguma possibilidade de ser você?A proposito amo suas idéias.Quero fazer algumas com os adolescentes com os quais trabalho.Saudações.

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