So we have all bought something that had lots of Styrofoam packaging. Unfortunately it many times gets thrown away. One of the most popular forms of Styrofoam packaging are the corner braces inside of a box. After staring at a rainbow whirligig my mom got us in Santa Barbara, I had to figure out how to make a whirligig wind spinner out of the corner pieces of Styrofoam. I figured that it would be the perfect material because they were light and could easily catch the wind and spin.
Round up your supplies! What you need: glue stick, Corsage Pins, styrofoam corner pieces, ribbon, a plastic wheel, and scissors. For us, all of this project was an upcycle from things we already had, but even if you don’t have it all, it should be a very inexpensive project! NOTE – If you do not have styrofoam corner pieces you can make some even our of cardboard, or your own material of choice.
You will want to put the four pieces together to make a square where each side is open, allowing it to catch wind to spin once complete. Take the corsage pins and insert them at about a 20 degree angle so that it goes through two pieces of styrofoam, holding it into place. (I did this at three points for all four pieces. (This process picture to the left).
Next you’re going to add your ribbon. I cut 8 strips of ribbon that were 3x the size of the Styrofoam. This allowed me to wrap the top around the wheel and the bottom to flap and spin in the wind.
The first color of ribbon (red) I wrapped around the flat sides of the whirligig. I put some glue on the small edge to keep it in place and then added a pin to ensure it stayed (plus it’s kind of a decorative touch since they’re not ugly pins). After I did that, I pulled all of the ribbon up to the top, putting a slit in the sides so that it would lay flat.
Then I did the same thing with the second color of ribbon (blue) on the corners of the styrofoam. However, the one difference is that instead of notching and laying flat, they were pulled together, twisted, and wrapped around a light-weight plastic wheel. (Pull through and then wrap around, pulling through again). This ensured stability of the whirligig as well as gave us an anchor point to hang it on the house that would not get tangled in the wind.
I tied a small ribbon through the wheel to hang it from that allowed it to spin and then brought the bottom ribbon together at the bottom with a rubber band. The rubber band wasn’t necessary, but I preferred the look and it made it look more like a store-bought whirligig.
This project was a part of Project Recycle and Create, a year-long initiative to showcase how to re-purpose what would otherwise be trash. This project is brought to you by these fabulous bloggers:
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Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living on a farm in New England. She believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience and has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development. She is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!