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For over 2000 years, weathervanes have helped people predict the weather. Today, miniature models are also used as a decorative accent.


  • Poster Board 22″ x 28″ (cut to 11″ x 14″)
  • Weather vane horse (Pattern)(Pattern)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Skewer
  • Tape
  • Tin foil (two 12″ x 18″ pieces)
  • White glue
  • Umber craft paint
  • Black craft paint
  • Rags
  • Sealer


  1. Butt the two horse patterns together and tape securely. Cut out the full pattern.
  2. On the 11″ x 15″ poster board, cut two horse shapes. Tape the skewer to the back side of one of the shapes, both in the body and in the base area. Glue the two horse shapes together, back to back.
  3. Lightly crumple one sheet of tinfoil, straighten it and smooth it out.
  4. Spread glue over one side of the weathervane and smooth the tinfoil (dull side to the outside) over it. Trim the tinfoil to about ¼” outside the horse and the cut out areas. Snip where needed and fold the tinfoil to the opposite side of the horse. Glue the overlap down, smoothing it as you go.
  5. Crumple the second sheet of tinfoil, crumple it, etc as the first sheet. Spread glue over the second side of the weathervane and smooth the second sheet of tinfoil over it. Run your finger over all the edges of the tinfoil so you know where to cut it to fit. Spread extra glue on the edges to make sure that all the edges stay down.
  6. Coat the weathervane with umber paint, brushing some on an area and then wiping it off with a rag. Complete both sides.
  7. When dry, paint over the umber with black pain dabbing it off as you go to get the patina that you want.
  8. When the paint is dry, spray it with a coat or two of sealer. I used gloss, but I think it would look better with a satin finish.

Note: Other colors than umber could also be used as an under coat., for instance a deep olive green or a barn red.

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1 Response to Weathervane

  1. Clara says:

    Loraine; beautiful job,,,, looks so real. Keep up this great work and enjoy youself as I know you are. You have always wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember Can’t wait until we sisters are all together. Love ya

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