Garden twirlers harvest the wind, much like pinwheels.

How to Hang Garden Twirlers

by Kathy Adams

Garden twirlers, also known as wind spinners, garden spinners or kinetic spinners, spin when wind hits them. They run the gamut from inexpensive twists of plastic to elaborate metal shapes within shapes that spin at various speeds in the breeze. All twirlers need to be able to move freely and, ideally, have a means to spin without straining or over-twisting any attached string or line. You can hang them from a plant hook, shepherd's hook or a tree branch.

1 Open the fishing swivel by squeezing the looped end, similar to opening a safety pin.

2 Slide the open end of the swivel through the top hanging hole in the twirler or the ring attached to it, if there is one. Close the swivel.

3 Cut a piece of fishing line at least 5 inches longer than the desired hanging length with a pair of scissors. Use 5-pound test, UV protected fishing line.

4 Tie one end of the string to the small loop end of the fishing swivel. Tie the other end to a hook, such as a ceiling hook on a porch designed for hanging plants, or to a shepherd's hook in the garden.

Items you will need

  • 5-pound test UV protected fishing line
  • Medium sized fishing swivel hooks

Tips

  • While a lighter weight fishing line will hold most garden twirlers or spinners, a test weight in the 5-pound range holds up better over time, especially if the line snags or rubs against abrasive surfaces, such as tree bark.
  • Replace the fishing line once a year because it may become brittle or frayed due to constant exposure to the elements.
  • You may also tie a swivel onto the other end of the fishing line, which will result in less twisting of the line, but it's not necessary. If you're using an extra swivel, hook it through a large loop, such as a keyring, to hang it on a ceiling hook.
  • Use a larger piece of fishing line to tie a loop around a tree branch to hang the garden twirler or spinner.
  • If your twirler doesn't seem like it will hold up to strong sun or wind, hang it in a more protected area, such as a screened porch or covered patio.

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