Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics.

    How about something fun? I've been making these for a while but I've never made a tutorial before. These remind me of jelly fish for some reason.

Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; perfect for indoor or outdoor use, these streamers move with the wind or with fans. Bright colors are perfect for adding a bit of fun to the project.
Two of my wind streamers, my personal favorite is the all red one but it was hard getting my hands on pure red bags.

All you need;
a pair of scissors
a hole punch
a plastic bag or two depending on the size you're using, two grocery bags, one garbage bag if it's a larger project. it can be any color you want or multiple colors.
A tack, needle, pin or something thin and sharp to poke through the lid once later on.
fishing line or string that's thin. I use fishing line for the illusion of floating.
A lid of thin plastic. I used a frosting lid but if you wanted you could cut the rim off the container and make two totally different wind streamers.

Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; what you will need... read more for step-by-step instructions.

First take the lid and punch holes in it all the way around. I managed about thirty but it doesn't matter how many you use or the size of the lid, this craft is adjustable any way you want. as long as you can put holes through the lid with a hole punch or move up to a drill, you can use it.
Just go along the edge, make sure you don't cut through it, you want a full circle surrounded by plastic and the thicker the better or the plastic streamers could fall off.
Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; how to make a wind streamer out of plastic... read more for step-by-step instructions.


Once you're done with that lets use the tack to poke a hole through the center of the lid. In my experience there is always a bump or a dot of excess plastic, even a pit to tell you where it is.
Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; how to make a wind streamer out of plastic... read more for step-by-step instructions.
push tack through center of the lid.

After that you take the plastic bag and fold it so it stays the same length so meet it in the side and repeat until you have an inch to two and a half inches width. Don't fold it too much or it will be difficult to cut through. The plastic slides around a lot while you cut so go slow. it doesn't have to be perfect, mine never are, they're always at slight angles which makes it a little more interesting.
Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; how to make a wind streamer out of plastic... read more for step-by-step instructions.Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; how to make a wind streamer out of plastic... read more for step-by-step instructions.

Unroll streamers, they should create a loop if you folded it right, if not you may need more bags and get longer streamers. Next grab the streamer in the middle and push through the punched holes in lid, one hole per streamer. Take the short loop you just pushed through and pull the longer tail through forming the knot. Repeat for every streamer. Once you've finished attaching the streamers, the fun part comes. gather the ends in your hand and begin snipping the loops left hanging.
Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; how to make a wind streamer out of plastic... read more for step-by-step instructions.
loose streamers
Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; how to make a wind streamer out of plastic... read more for step-by-step instructions.
pull the streamer through the hole..
Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; how to make a wind streamer out of plastic... read more for step-by-step instructions.
pull it through
Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; how to make a wind streamer out of plastic... read more for step-by-step instructions.
form the knot
Wind streamer tutorial, recycling plastics; how to make a wind streamer out of plastic... read more for step-by-step instructions.
I have this sitting on a bottle with skewers inside to show you how it looks when you have all the streamers attached.
Now take a length of fishing line, just figure however low you want it to hang from and add a couple inches for the knots on each end. Push the fishing line through the hole, if you're using thread I suggest a needle or reusing that tack to push it through. afterward tie a knot on the end underneat, you can even use a bead to secure it. do not make two holes and tie the lid down, it won't spin freely and will twist the line up. Tie knot on top part where you wish to attach the hook or whatever you're using to attach it to the ceiling.

Finally the best part, hang and enjoy. I placed mine where the breeze from the heater vent on my floor will blow over and cause it to move. There isn't enough heat and it's far enough away from the vent that the thin plastic isn't effected. In the summer I hang it where the fan will reach it. You can hang them outside, if they get tattered you can reuse the lid and make new streamers.

Disclaimer; this idea is property of Maridan Valor and Night Sea. If it's similar to any other it's by coincidence. This tutorial is meant to be a free craft and not to be sold by anyone.

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