Water Bottle Craft ~ Whirligigs |Kids Activities Blog

This water bottle whirligig craft is easy to make and a great way to use recycled bottles. Kids of all ages will love this craft. It requires minimal craft supplies and will make your front yard, or back yard, look amazing!

How TO Make The Best Water Bottle WhirliGig Craft

This water bottle whirligig craft is so much fun to make. It’s particularly a great craft for older children.

Recycle your water bottles, use bells, gems, and twine to create beautiful decor for your yard.

Perfect craft for spring and summer. That way you can spend time outside and enjoy the tinkling sound of bells and watch your whirligig move and twist in the wind.

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Supplies Needed To Make Water Bottle Whirligig Craft:

Craft supplies you need to make a water bottle whirligig

Directions To Make Water Bottle Whirligig Craft

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Step 1

Give your water bottles a rinse with some hot water to remove any residue from the inside of the bottle.

Step 2

With your scissors, cut into the side of the water bottle, very near to the bottom and cut that flat bottom of the bottle right off.

Step 3

Now, starting at the bottom, simply start cutting a strip about the width of one of your fingers. No need to be too particular here. Just cut ’round and ’round your bottle until you’re about an inch or so away from the top.

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See the gorgeous spiral you’ve created? Isn’t that pretty? Time to make it even prettier!

The Baubles:

Chandelier baubles are great to use when crafting. Not only are the gorgeous, you can usually come by heaps of them at yard sales and thrift shops. And let’s face it – there’s a good chance that your parents, or a friend has a gaudy, outdated chandelier stashed in an attic or storage room, and they’d be more than happy to part with the baubles in the name of a good, old-fashioned whirligig craft!

Step 4

To attach your baubles to your whirligigs, just punch a hole very close to the bottom of your plastic spiral. Attached to your bauble, should be a fine wire. Simply slip the wire through the hole, and twist to secure.

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Hanging Your Water Bottle Whirligig Craft:

Step 5

Attach a length of fishing line up through the top of the water bottle craft and head on out to the yard!

I hung our water bottle whirligigs low enough for the hooligans to swat and swing at them.

They love to jump up and grab one, and stretch it down, down, down to the ground, and then BOING, they let go, and the spiral goes dancing and bouncing all over the place. When the wind blows, the water bottle crafts come to life on their own.

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Water Bottle Whirligig Craft Alternative

Make your whirligig extra special! Add some decoration to the plastic whirligig using paint pens.

Make hearts, stars, flowers, anything you want.

Add decorations to your whirligig

Why We Love This Water Bottle Whirligig Craft

Water bottle whirligigs are a fun summer-time water bottle craft! They’re super-easy to make, and they look beautiful hanging in the backyard, spinning in the breeze.

Wind-spinners, garden-spinners, or whirligigs? I’m not sure what these whimsical outdoor decorations should be called.

What I do know is that they’re a great way to upcycle a few water bottles into a gorgeous (and fun!) garden ornament!

This water bottle craft is free, and I always have a bin full of them in my garage. It’s important to me to teach my daycare children the value (and joy) of recycling and upcycling materials we have on hand.

Decorated water bottle whirligig craft

Materials

  • plastic drink bottles (a heavier weight like a Gatorade bottle works)

  • glass baubles (from a thrift shop chandelier)

  • hole punch

  • scissors

  • fishing line

Instructions

  1. Give your water bottles a rinse with some hot water to remove any residue from the inside of the bottle.
  2. With your scissors, cut into the side of the water bottle, very near to the bottom and cut that flat bottom of the bottle right off.
  3. Now, starting at the bottom, simply start cutting a strip about the width of one of your fingers. No need to be too particular here. Just cut ’round and ’round your bottle until you’re about an inch or so away from the top.
  4. To attach your baubles to your whirligigs, just punch a hole very close to the bottom of your plastic spiral. Attached to your bauble, should be a fine wire. Simply slip the wire through the hole, and twist to secure.
  5. Attach a length of fishing line up through the top of the water bottle craft and head on out to the yard!

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How did your water bottle whirligig turned out? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.

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