How to make a weathervane
A weathervane is easily made and makes a nice gift. Here are the instructions

You will need

  • Plastic milk bottle, preferably the 2 or 3 litres
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stencil
  • Small square block of wood from craft stores
  • Dowel stick
  • Paint
  • Varnish


  1. Drill a hole in the centre of the block of wood and insert the dowel stick. Alternatively, you can glue the stick to the wood.
  2. Paint the block, allow it to dry and then varnish.
  3. When it is dry, use a stencil to paint the letters, N, E, S, W on the base.
  4. Decide on an animal to place atop the weathervane. You can print one out from the Clipart programme on your computer, or draw one yourself.
  5. You will need the print-out duplicated to create the back and front.
  6. Measure the panels of the milk bottle and make sure the animal fits on one panel. You will use two adjoining panels of the milk bottle, so that the fold forms the top of the animal.
  7. Draw tabs approximately 5cm long at the bottom of the animal, as shown.
  8. Trace the template carefully and cut it out.
  9. Glue the animal together at the tabs.
  10. Stick a drawing pin upside down (pin-side-up) on the top of the dowel stick and balance your animal on it.

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