How to Build a Windmill for Mini Golf

    Sketch out a design of your windmill. Most feature a small base section decorated at the top with four windmill paddles.

    Build the base by nailing the two-by-fours together, making a square. Nail the plywood over the sides of the square.

    Cut out four "paddles" for the windmill. Use a marker to draw the shape of the paddle on the plywood, then cut out with a jigsaw. The paddles should be approximately 2 feet long by 5 inches wide.

    Screw the lag bolt into the top of the base structure. Drill a single hole at the base of each of the paddles, approximately 1 inch from the bottom.

    Put a washer over the lag bolt, then place each of the paddles over the lag bolt. Spread the paddles so they are equidistant from one another, creating a fan pattern. Put a second washer on top of the paddles, followed by a nut. Screw tightly so the paddles are in place but rotate freely.

    Spray paint the base structure and the paddles. Use bright colors. Consider freehand painting a couple of windows and a door. Set the structure over the miniature golf course hole.

Tips

  • Spend some time with your paint--the fancier the paint job, the more impressive the windmill.

Warnings

  • Always wear eye protection when using a saw.
  • Make sure you spray paint the windmill in a well-ventilated area to avoid dangerous fumes.

Things Needed

  • 4 two-by-fours, 4 feet long
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Pen and paper
  • Plywood
  • Spray paint
  • Lag bolt and nut
  • Washers
  • Jigsaw

About the Author

Dan Ames has been a professional writer for nearly 20 years and has won national and international awards for creativity. He received a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and has been published in a variety of magazines, journals and websites, including eHow and Pluck on Demand.