Patriotic Wind Catcher

4 Materials
30 Minutes
These patriotic wind catchers are a fun and easy craft that can be used as party decorations. It’s also a great summer project to do with the kids. These flag wind catchers look so fun when they’re blowing in the wind. And they would be perfect for July 4th celebrations.
Here are the materials you’ll need:
• cardboard toilet paper roll
• blue paper
• about 3 yards of each: red and white ribbon (I used 3/4″ wide ribbon)
• white or silver star stickers
• scissors
• glue or spray mount
• 1/8″ hole punch
• clear fishing line or ribbon for hanging
Cut the blue paper so that it wraps around the cardboard roll and glue it to the cardboard.
Cut 6 strips of each color of ribbon - red and white - to 18″ long. Set aside.
Using your hole punch, make 12 holes around the bottom edge of the roll trying to space them as evenly as you can.
Tie the ribbons through the holes, threading them through from the outside. Tie a knot in the end of the ribbons on the inside of the roll and let them hang down.
Continue to tie the ribbons, alternating red and white.
When done, attach the star stickers to the blue paper. I got these stickers at Staples in the teachers section – they have a silver shine to them and I think that makes them even better than plain white. My daughter put the stickers on and without realizing it she put 50 on – she thought it was so cool that this amount of stars was the same as on a real flag!
Punch two small holes opposite each other at the top of the wind catcher. Thread fishing line or ribbon through it for hanging and tie.
Hang in an area where they can blow nicely in the wind. I love grouping a few of them together – so fun! We put ours on a plant hook but they could work hanging on a fence post or tree branches.
Suggested materials:
  • Toilet paper rolls   (recycled)
  • Construction paper   (Staples)
  • Red and white ribbon   (Joann Fabrics)
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Lori Greco
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  • Patti Patti on Jun 15, 2017
    I think this is a great idea. But what happens when it rains?

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  • Char Char on Jun 11, 2021

    These are so adorable! A fun thing for the the kids and grown-ups! ❤🤍💙

  • Dale Dale on Dec 31, 2021

    i'm going to try this idea, maybe using blue plastic cups so that the rain would not be an issue

    • Tex62323687 Tex62323687 on Apr 28, 2022

      Yes what a good idea.cause it would take me forever to get 20 or so toilet rolls I recycle ha hahaha