Build a weather vane

DIY Weather Vane Project: Recycled Box

Have you ever looked to the roof of a building to see an object spinning with the wind? Usually an arrow points in different directions as the wind blows it around. The object way up there in the sky is called a weather vane. A weather vane shows us which direction the wind is blowing by spinning the arrow towards a letter on a stationary compass.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own weather vane:

diy weather vane

  • 1 Empty Green Kid Crafts Box (or shoebox)
  • Construction Paper
  • Pointed object such as a pencil or paint brush
  • Glue
  • Scissors


diy weather vane
Close your empty Green Kid Crafts box and poke a hole through the lid that will securely hold the pencil upright.

diy weather vane
Cut a piece of paper to fit the top of the box and attach it with glue.
Push the pencil or paint brush through the paper and hole in the box. Make sure it stands upright without tipping over.

diy weather vane
Cut a narrow strip of paper and fold it in half. Glue the ends of the folded paper closed. Let dry.

diy weather vane
Cut two triangle shapes and two rectangle shapes from a piece of paper and glue them to the long folded paper to make an arrow.

diy weather vane
Label the paper on the box with north, east, south and west. Take the box outside and align the labels with the correct directions.

DIY weather vane
Balance the arrow on the pencil and watch the wind move the arrow to point which way the wind is blowing. If your arrow falls over you can make the gap on either side of the pencil smaller by adding more glue to the folded paper. And there you have it, your very own DIY wind vane at your own backyard!

Which way is the wind blowing at your house today?

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