My girls love flying kites; we also love family crafting and just about every holiday. So I felt the need to combine all these to celebrate our nation! This fun and simple craft can be done with things around your house. I chose to purchase some red and white striped ribbon to be patriotic, but really this windsock can be easily transformed into a project for any season by switching the colors or patterns. I can easily see a bright neon-pink can flying high with some floral ribbon streamers flowing from the bottom on our house this summer!
Here’s what you need:
- A tin can – This can be anything from an old paint can (washed out thoroughly of course) to a coffee can, even a baby formula container would work.
- Spray paint for the outside of your can
- Ribbon streamers – I felt a yard per streamer worked nicely, depending on the width of your ribbon and spacing on your can. I used 24 ribbons.
- Hot glue to secure the ribbons
- Wire or twine to hang your windsock
- Screwdriver or drill to poke holes for hanging your finished project
Here’s what you do:
- Now, the process is simple and takes all of about 15 minutes, not counting the time for your paint to dry.
- Remove anything remaining in or on your can; this includes the paper that might be glued to the outside. My girls had a great time with this!
- Next, clean out the empty can with some soap and water and then dry thoroughly.
- Take a can opener and remove the bottom of the can so it has no top or bottom, just a cylinder shape.
- Now for the fun part: grab your favorite color of spray paint and coat the outside of your tin can. After the can has dried, simply hot glue the ribbons to the inside edge. I used pinking shears and cross-grain ribbon to minimize fraying.
- Make two holes on either side of the top of your can (the side opposite the attached ribbons) and poke your rope through the holes, tying a knot on the inside so that it stays securely.
- Now hang your flag and fly it with pride!