How to make wind vane working model for a science exhibition

Creating a wind vane working model for a science exhibition using a paper cup, plastic spoons, chopsticks, and a pencil with a sharpener is a fantastic idea! Here’s a step-by-step guide to making it:

Materials Needed:

  1. Paper cup
  2. Plastic spoons (4-8)
  3. Chopsticks (2)
  4. Pencil with sharpener
  5. Glue or adhesive
  6. Scissors
  7. Marker or pen
  8. Ruler
  9. String (optional)
  10. Decorative materials (optional)

Step by Step Video Instructions on Wind vane:

1. Prepare the Base:

  • Start by placing the paper cup upside down on a flat surface. This will serve as the base of your wind vane.

2. Attach the Chopsticks:

  • Take one chopstick and insert it vertically into the center of the paper cup. This will be the axis around which the wind vane rotates.
  • Use glue or adhesive to secure the chopstick in place at the bottom of the cup.
  • Optionally, you can reinforce the attachment by wrapping string around the chopstick and the cup and applying glue.

3. Create the Wind Direction Indicator:

  • Take the second chopstick and attach it horizontally to the top of the vertical chopstick to form a cross shape.
  • Use glue to secure the horizontal chopstick in place at the center of the vertical chopstick.
  • Ensure that the horizontal chopstick can rotate freely around the vertical chopstick.

4. Make the Arrow:

  • Take the plastic spoons and cut off the handles, leaving only the bowl-shaped part.
  • Arrange the spoon bowls in a fan-like pattern around the horizontal chopstick to form an arrow shape.
  • Use glue to attach the spoon bowls to the chopstick securely.

5. Label the Directions:

  • Use a marker or pen to label each spoon with the corresponding wind direction (e.g., North, South, East, West).
  • You can also add additional labels for intermediate directions (e.g., Northeast, Southwest).

6. Attach the Pencil:

  • Insert the pencil into the top of the vertical chopstick. The sharp end of the pencil should face upwards.
  • Use glue to secure the pencil in place, ensuring that it is perpendicular to the chopstick axis.

7. Optional: Decorate:

  • Decorate the wind vane with colorful paper, stickers, or other decorative materials to make it visually appealing.


  • Place the wind vane outdoors in an open area where it can catch the wind.
  • Observe how the arrow aligns with the wind direction as the wind blows.
  • You can also use a compass to verify the accuracy of the wind vane’s readings.

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