How to Make a Recycled Aluminum Can Wind Spinners: DIY Soda Can Whirligig Project




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Make a do it yourself recycled soda can whirligig wind spinner using an aluminum can, tea can, pop can, or beer can.

If you like kinetic art, this aluminum can art project is awesome and this video will show you how to make a beer can wind spinner or how to make soda can wind spinners.

Watch VLOG 23 for wind spinner instructions on how to build this found art object project.

Wind powered art is perfect for colorful garden art and garden decoration and is an easy to make recycled art project.

If you have a moment I sure would like to hear what you think of this beer can whirligig so please leave me a comment.

For this art project you will need:

An aluminum or pop can (Arizona ice tea cans are my favorite to use)

Scissors

Pliers (flower printed one are optional)

Gloves (highly recommended!)

A wire hanger

A wine cork

Furniture glides or a long skinny nail with a wide flat head

Screw and washer to secure base to wood fence or stake (optional)

The scissors are going to used to cut the top of the can and also to make and help shape the spinners blades. We are going to use this cork to secure the win spinner to its base. Pliers will be used to bend the coat hanger base. Please make a note here I do not own flowery pliers, these belong to my mom.

This pack of furniture glides will come in handy to attach the can to the cork. And lastly a coat hanger which is gonna serve as our base. The first step is to cut the top of the can. Use the scissors to carefully punch a hole the end. Once you have a hole, use that as a starting point to cut around the can.

You should really be wearing a pair gloves, because the edge of the can are pretty sharp, but since all I could find a flowery gloves I decided to just take my chances. Now lets make some blades by cutting slats vertically up the side of the can. Use any straight lines that you can find to act as guides.

Turning the scissors side ways and at an angle will help make longer cuts when you reach the other side of the can. Stop your cuts about half an inch from the bottom. Make another cut opposite the first one and then two more at 90 degree angles from the first two cuts.

Divide and cut those four blades in half to give you total 8 blades. As you cut those remaining blades, bend them outward horizontally.This will make them easier to cut those final slats.

Round the corners of the blades with your scissors on one side then flip the can over to easily do the same to the other side the blades. One last wee snip is made at the base of the blades which allows you to give it a slight bend so that he can catch the wind.

So now let’s get the base ready. With your pliers unwind the hook of the hangar and do your best to get the coat hanger as straight as possible. Make a right angle at the end of the hanger where the wire still has the twist in it from where it was wrapped around itself.

You can use the pliers to bend and break the curved part of the hanger just before the twists. On opposite side of the hanger, make another right angle. Depending on how tall you want your wind spinner to stand, you are gonna want to leave one to two feet between bends.

After you make that right angle, measure out three to four inches the go ahead and bend and break the hanger again. Fashion loop on that just bent side of the hanger so that you can use the washer and a screw to attach the base to something solid.

The pointy end of the furniture glides or a small nail can be used to put a hole in the end your cork. Now you can screw the cork onto the twisty end of the coat hanger. Poke a hole in the center of the can then use a discarded piece of the coat hanger to widen the hole just a little bit.

Using the furniture glide make a guide hole in the other in the cork, You will then be ready to attach the spinner to its base. Make sure you leave enough play for the can spin freely, then go ahead and fix any blades that may have gotten bent when you were putting the can on the cork.

Now go outside and find a nice breezy place to put your new wind spinner and let that thing do some spin in the wind So there, you go a wind spinner made easy peasy George and Weezy. Jefferson that is. Another simple project that you can make using items and tools that you probably have laying around your house.

Hey, if you got a project out there that you like to see me make why don’t leave me a comment down below. Send me an email or come find me on Facebook, Twitter or Google plus. You can also check my website out at Chonglio.com, Where I got all kinds of tips tricks and techniques to help release your inner artist.

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39 Comments

  1. teddyoggin
    January 29, 2013
    Reply

    Cool!

  2. cinderellalifestyle
    January 29, 2013
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    a fun share…:-) these would be good for keepin' pesky Nor Cal deer outa veggie gardens, too…!

  3. dovebar76
    March 19, 2013
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    Thanks!

  4. Janice MV
    January 12, 2014
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    need more great ideas for high school sculpture garden using recycled cans /bottles

  5. Willardj Jennings
    April 30, 2014
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    KOOL…..folk art from junk….nice build

  6. morgantough
    May 15, 2014
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    AWESOME THANK YOU

  7. Tara Marinara
    June 21, 2014
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    Repurposing a lamp into a bird bath would be awesome!! I'm doing one now, but would like seeing you make one as well!

  8. SoSickWidit
    August 26, 2014
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    Wonderful J.
    That is exactly what I was searching for and thanks a million for sharing this wonderful job and information. I am heading to make many right now.

  9. Murray Cameron
    February 16, 2015
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    nice and simple even a one handed jack can do this 

  10. daniellm2001
    July 9, 2015
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    GRACIAS…

  11. Universe
    November 3, 2015
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    Loved the pliers!! lol Thanks for sharing

  12. verrrr1
    December 26, 2015
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    flowery pliers lol

  13. marie-pier landry
    January 2, 2016
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    chongolio monkeyboy, you rock!

  14. Blane M
    February 5, 2016
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    Haha you had to borrow pliers from your mom. J/K

  15. JDee Perriman
    May 7, 2016
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    An easy bird house

  16. J-Boy MacG
    May 12, 2016
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    Monkeyboy this spinner is freaky fab dude! It looks so easy that I may even get around 2 doin it…good intentions and all that ya no?! Wanted 2 do a copper spinner which is work intensive what w/the welding, grinding, filing, etc. So am gonna do yours with a longer angle and use 2 cans with a spacer bead between and a thin nail, tilt the blades in oppposite directions and have a double can spinner. Whatcha think of that idea? Gonna go buy some pretty tea in the morning and get started! Will try to post a pic. THANX 4 the idea, inspiration and motivation!

  17. Patricia Teeters
    May 16, 2016
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    You're so cool! I like your videos. You could make more simple wind spinners with cans. 😉

  18. Anthony Bryant
    June 2, 2016
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    Make a giant pinwheel

  19. mrshammerhankus
    June 13, 2016
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    I was sitting on porch at parents next to box of alcoholic recyclables nobody returns. I found seagrams strawberry dacqauari tall can. cut a butterfly. bends body base to 3-d. took beer can tabs and sewed them into a chain with plastic covered wire. poked two sets of two close-set holes to attach Budlight cap to top of tab-chain. Curled antennae wire top. made plarn from plastic bag to attach body on top of wings. Tied to mom's trellis. Without even planning it, my butterfly is patriotic with the wire being white and seagram red and bud light blue…then i came across your video. my parents are going to have repurposed yard decor!

  20. wwarhop3
    June 24, 2016
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    That was much more fun to watch than I anticipated. Thanks, I'm going to try one of these for my garden!

  21. mae mars
    July 14, 2016
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    This is awesome! Thanks!

  22. DerMaschinen
    August 2, 2016
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    KEWL! I made mine out of beer cans!

  23. Michael Clark
    August 25, 2016
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    So simple its brilliant, and an excuse to open a bottle of wine ( For the Cork) hic

  24. Shantay Madison
    October 20, 2016
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    I made it by myself. Just go to Inplix webpage if you'd like do the same

  25. Mark McCluney
    October 21, 2016
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    hey mate that's a super wee job and a very enjoyable vid! (but you almost poked my eye out with that wire at one point!) be sure to thank your mum for me – incidentally, are all her tools covered in flowers? the pliers looked nice to me!

  26. IAMGiftbearer
    October 31, 2016
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    Could you make some Kanzashi metal flowers?

  27. Carmelina Rosinski
    November 19, 2016
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    I made it. I used inplix scripts for that. It was pretty easy to make it

  28. Avy Edits
    December 16, 2016
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    i made it but i can't get it to spin in the wind??

  29. Barbara Richardson
    January 16, 2017
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    Hey dude… don't be hatin on your Mom's flowered garden gloves. REAL men… 😉

  30. Geoffrey Voeth
    January 30, 2017
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    How About A Wind Turbine Where you leave the two ends of the can in tact. It will be vertical and spinning instead of horizontal.

  31. Julie Tan
    April 5, 2017
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    thanks

  32. Tom Moore
    April 20, 2017
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    So which is better, the 8 blades like you had mentioned,or the seven like on your can? Just wondering. Helping with a school dedication project and wanted to know which would spin easier…TY

  33. bernie10315
    May 6, 2017
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    Fun. Hay, do you know, most standard pliers have a wire cutter? I'm gonna try this.

  34. Sam Marshall
    May 7, 2017
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    Nice & easy recycling project. Thanks…

  35. Rollmeover Intheclover
    May 13, 2017
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    I never laughed so hard in my life. I sent this to my tightwad sister. I wonder how that color holds up on these after sun exposure as even the expensive ones fade. For what they're asking for the better built ones they should be using clear coat or something that resists fade for years.

  36. Angel Dolan
    June 30, 2017
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    cool my kido is going to love this

  37. Hygge Musings
    August 7, 2017
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    I love this video, and I am going to have a go!

  38. snowgoat2
    September 27, 2017
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    I hope those weren't your mom's fabric scissors! 😊 Cool project, thanks!!

  39. 321scully
    November 13, 2017
    Reply

    Looks good!

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