DIY 4th of July Windsock

5 Materials
30 Minutes

Bring some Independence Day fun to your yard or garden with this DIY 4th of July windsock made from recycled materials!
First, gather your supplies. Here's what you'll need:
Paper canister (an empty oatmeal or grits canister works well)
Blue felt
White ribbon
Red and white paper streamers
Scrap cardboard
Aluminum foil
Clear tape

Take blue felt and place it around paper canister. Mark any overhang/extra with a pen and cut it off. Using the glue gun, stick the blue felt to the outside of the canister. Then cut one length of white ribbon and glue it to the top edge The white ribbon gives a more finished look to your windsock. 
Cut long lengths (whatever length you like) of red and white streamer paper. Tape the ends of the streamers inside the canister, creating an alternating white and red pattern. Try to keep the streamers close together, like the stripes of the flag. Little hands love to help with this step.
Assemble your stars by drawing or stenciling stars onto a piece of cardboard. (Determine the size stars you need based on the size of your container.) If you’re brave, let your kids do this step. (We ended up with a “triangle” star.) Cut out stars and lay each one on a piece of aluminum foil twice as large as the star (this gives you plenty of foil to work with). Wrap the foil around the stars and secure at the back using a dab of glue. Turn stars over and use a Q-tip to smooth the foil if there are any wrinkles or creases. Attach the stars to the windsock using your glue gun. 
Finally, you're ready to hang your windsock! Use a nail or awl to make three holes just under the white ribbon. Thread twine, yarn, or fishing line through the holes and bring them together at the top for an easy way to hang your windsock. Happy 4th of July!

Suggested materials:

  • Glue gun  (Wal Mart)
  • Glue sticks  (Wal Mart)
  • Crepe paper  (Dollar Tree)
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