Monday, June 27, 2011

We're Patriotic * 4th of July Windsocks

Today I am feeling very crafty!
And because of this, I decided to get my kids into the craze and make some
tin can windsocks!!! YAY!!!
First you'll need several sizes of clean, label-free tin cans.
The bigger the better I say, but any size will work.
  You'll also need:
some twine
Red and White Ribbon
Blue Spray paint
White star stickers
The little guy helped a lot with this project. He took it upon himself to punch the holes on the tops of the cans.
I marked where the two holes would go and he took a nail and hammer from his OWN toolbox and punched the holes.

Meanwhile, out at the paint station...
I took the cans that had the holes already and spray painted them blue. The key to the spray painting of anything is to give it several light coats so as not to have drips.

While the cans were drying I went inside to the nice cool dining room (it's frikin' 100 degrees today!!!) and cut out the ribbon. I just used what we had on hand. I bought nothing. So I cut 18 inch lengths of ribbon and set them aside. I wanted to do both of the big tin cans in the nice wider white ribbon but I ran out. So on the second big can, I just alternated between the small curling ribbon and the nice satin one. It still turned out cute.
While the cans were still drying, I went to my Cricut and programmed it to cut a full 12X12 page of white 1 inch stars on white vinyl. I set the pressure to medium so that the blade would not cut all the way through and we could just peel the stars off the page.

After the 3rd application of spray paint and they were dry, I brought in the cans. We set up on the dining table and me and the two guys got to work.
First we threaded the twine thru the two holes and tied them inside the can to form a loop so we could hang them easily.

Then we peeled off the stars and stuck them on the cans. We started with the big cans. Since I had a slight piece of vinyl left over, I decided to see how many 2 inch stars would fit to be cut. It cut 10. So I told the big guy we'd split them and he could put 5 on his big can and I'd use the other 5.

Using my Mighty MendIt glue we glued the ribbon to the inside edge of the cans. Since they'll be blowin' in the Texas wind, I decided to reinforce them with packing tape. After they were dry, I just took a strip of packing tape and cut it in half lengthwise. Then I taped the inside edge where the ribbons were glued. This way they won't fall off so easily.

The boys enjoyed making these windsocks and we hung the little ones in the trees and the two big ones on our front porch along with my wooden flag I made last year!!

I'm feeling so patriotic I could make some rockets!!
And I will......{wink}

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  1. Those look great! I wish I had an ounce of your creativity and craftiness. I'm glad that you are feeling better. I was so happy to see you at church on Sunday. I'm sorry that I didn't get a chance to say hello. My little girls have me runnin'.


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