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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)
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.
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