Begin your pop bottle wind spinner by rinsing it out well,
and removing all the labels, as best as you can.
Run lengths of colored electrical tape around the middle of
the pop bottle, as shown. This will also help cover any of
the label that still might be stuck on.
3. Measure along the top tape strip with a flexible measuring
tape. Use a pen or pencil to measure off 3/4 inch sections.
Using an exacto knife, cut a vertical strip down the length
of the pop bottle at each 3/4 inch mark. Begin at the top of
the tape strip, or about at the point where the pop bottle is straight
and not curved from the top. Extend the cut all the way to
about 2 inches above the bottom. You may find it is hard to keep the
cut lines straight. Take your time and do the best you can.
If some are curved cuts, you will hardly notice in the final
Next, squish down the pop bottle. This will make
the strips flare out. When they do, pinch each strip in the
middle to create a fold.
6. The next step is to angle the strips by making folds at
the top and bottom, so the wind can catch them. To do this,
begin at the top. Make a 45 degree fold to the right at the
very top of each strip. See the photos below for help.
7. Now, at the bottom of each strip, make a 45 degree fold to
You can also add other details to the wind spinner.
Here I cut little triangles out of the tape and decorated the
top and bottom of the pop bottle.
Now you are ready to make the top for your pop bottle wind
spinner. Make a hole in the top of the pop bottle cap.
The easiest way to do this is by heating the end of an
untwisted paper clip, then melting quickly through the plastic (be
careful, plastic fumes are not good for you). Or, you can use
a drill to make the hole. Another method is to pound
a nail into the top of the cap to form the hole.
10. Unfold a paper clip (I used a white paper clip).
Thread the wire of the paper clip through the end of the ball
bearing swivel. Then, twist the wire together once or twice
to form a loop.
Push the wire ends of the paper clip through the top hole of
the bottle cap. Fan out the wire ends inside the cap to anchor into
12. Screw on the pop bottle cap, add a string for hanging,
and you are ready to hang your wind spinner!