4th of July Tin Can Windsock Kids Craft

My kids and I made patriotic tin can windsocks which are hanging in our front tree. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to show our patriotism! 
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Empty cans (from soups, etc.)
A drill
Ribbons (red, white, blue)
Foam star shaped stickers OR red, white acrylic. paint
Blue acrylic paint
Hot glue gun
Take an empty tin can and clean it really good (you do not want ants).  
Then drill 2 holes in the bottom of the can (which will now be the top) space the holes about an 1/2 apart.
Have the kids paint the cans blue and allow to fully dry.
Once dried paint red and white stars on the blue can or you can use foam star stickers and hot glue onto the can. We used red, white and blue star foam stickers that we already had on hand.
Next thread through the 2 top holes a ribbon and tie a knot.
Finally the hot glue the ribbon on the inside of the can, alternating colors. The ribbon will hang long ways outside of the can.
Allow all the fully dry and then hang from your favorite tree!
4th of July windsocks
When you have a slight breeze the ribbon will sway and make a nice Fourth of July decoration to your yard! This is a fun way to not only show patriotism but it’s a great way to upcycle too! 

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  1. My kids are so crafty! This is a great up cycling project. We will put it on our list to try!

  2. These are so cute- I have the perfect tree for these! I keep doing all the projects you post (like the cookie cutter paint craft) and my toddler is enthralled! Thank you!

  3. Fun, cheap, easy!! Who could ask for more. Great way to decorate for all kinds of celebrations!

  4. lisalisa says:

    Awesome, this is such a great idea. I think I will give this project a try with my kids I do think they would really enjoy creating these. Thanks!!

  5. What a neat idea! Easy enough to do, I am going to make them with my niece!

  6. Those are so pretty! What an awesome way to upcycle and decorate at the same time.

  7. What a fun project for the kids to do to get ready for the 4th. I love it!!

  8. Awesome activity. I think Brody and I can do this. Yours looks very pretty in your yard.

  9. Fun patriotic craft for the kids!

  10. That is excellent! I’ll have to make a Canadian version πŸ˜‰

  11. What a cute craft! I love that it finds a new use for an old tin can!

  12. Oh for fun! These are adorable! I think I know what project we’ll be working on this week!

  13. These are so cute and look pretty hanging outside! We will have to try this!

  14. Love this project! Super cute idea.

  15. These are so adorable! I might try these, only with a Canadian flag version πŸ˜‰

  16. I am helping staff a summer leadership camp and have been looking for fun, easy-to-make crafts. This one is awesome. Thanks for the simple tutorial – Katy

  17. They turned out really cute! I will have to make these with my kids soon. Thanks for sharing the idea!

  18. this seems like such a cool craft, just wish we had a tree to hang this great craft.

  19. Those turned out SUPER adorable and very vibrant! I have no doubt not one person passing by your house will miss those patriotic decorations πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for sharing this craft with everyone!

  20. What a great idea! Such cute 4th of July decorations!

  21. I’m a big fan of upcycling, and I love that most of the materials needed for this are already floating around my house. I really like the homestyle, crafty look as well.

  22. that is such an adorable craft! And so easy to make and very festive! I miss having trees in the front yard that i can hang things like this on.

  23. This is such a cute idea! You could makes ones for all occasions, love it!

  24. These turned out so nice and I think it would be a neat little 4th of July project for my daughter! She loves to paint but of course I would do the grown-up steps like the drilling.

  25. Such a fun idea! My kids would love to make these!

  26. Such a fun patriotic craft for the whole family! I want to try making these with my son – he would love watching them blow in the wind.

  27. What a sweet idea! Your windsock looks great, very festive!

  28. Those are really cute! I think one would look great on our willow tree this 4th of July!

  29. I just love decorating for the Fourth of July. Your entry walkway looks amazing. This is a project that my kids and I can do together. I am always on the lookout for things like that. Good job.

  30. I love how that is made from recycled items! What a cute and festive decoration!

  31. These are really cool and look easy to make. I wonder if there is a way you could attach something to the inside to make a wind chime idea too. When I have some empty cans we are going to try this.

  32. My kids would have a blast making these! so cute to hang outside!

  33. Fun idea!! We love up cycle crafts!

  34. Those look really cute! It looks easy and fun to do. My kids love anything that requires any painting. Thanks for the idea!

  35. What a great craft to do with the kids. You are so creative. Thank you for sharing!

  36. Those are adorable. Perfect for the 4th of July, we’ll I would probably leave them up all summer long.

  37. This is very pretty, and seems simple to make. Perfect project for the kiddos!

  38. Oh my goodness this is just awesome. I love, love, love it… and know that my kids would love to do it. Thanks so much

  39. OMG, these are beautiful. They’d be perfect for BBQ decorations.

  40. I love to decorate for any holiday! We recently had a flood in our basement and lost many of our holiday decorations. This would be something I could make quickly and enjoy for the 4th of July!

  41. These look so fun! I’m looking for a few crafty things to do with our little one this July 4th and this might be on our to do list!

  42. Those are adorable and look fairly vintage! Love it!

  43. Perfect! I’ve been looking for a craft like this to do with the kids for the 4th! TY

  44. Maria Oller says:

    Love the idea We have couple we made some sorta candle holders with stars I think I’ll make the kids paint them blue and and ribbons.

  45. SO CUTE! I wish we had a tree out front that I could hang one on. Maybe I’ll make one and put it in our neighbor’s tree πŸ˜‰

  46. Fun, festive and the kids would love doing it! Thanks for sharing.

  47. What a cute idea, I am going to use this. I love this and my boys and I would have so much fun doing this

  48. these are so fun and creative, love that you used old cans.

  49. Those are really neat! I kinda like how you hung up several of them together too. So festive!

  50. Fantastic fun idea. Simple and easy for kids.

  51. I love these. What a great way to teach kids the value of upcycling

  52. I love this idea! I think we’ll make some for our 4th of July celebration!

  53. Oooh! These look fun! Really cool idea!

  54. katrina g says:

    So cute and looks so easy to make. i will be saving this. thanks πŸ™‚

  55. Oh my gosh, this windsock is too cute! I love how easy it is to make!

  56. Oh I love these! I have them on our schedule for my mommy group to do with the kids next week, I think they will love them! I would love it if you linked up with us this week!

  57. oh my gosh how cute are these?!! I want to make some with my girls!

  58. Janet W. says:

    What a great idea! This would be great to hang from our trees when we have guests over on the 4th. So festive!

  59. How cute. Will have to make these with my daughter.

  60. This will be a nice addition to our Tin Can Communicators that we made last week. I think I will have the girls make some today so we can have them hanging by the Fourth.

  61. These windsocks are so cute! I love seeing ways to repurpose items that would otherwise be thrown away. We’re featuring it our Independence Day Round Up at Reviews, Chews & How-Tos: http://rchreviews.blogspot.com/2014/06/independence-day-diy-round-up.html Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Lynda – Thank you SO much for featuring this craft. What a nice post with lots of fun 4th of July goodies! HAve a Happy 4th!

  62. What a great idea! I’m putting this on my list for my summer school kids next year. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  63. These are so cute. I bet your house was decorated quite well for the 4th. Next year I will be on this.!!! I bet this could be done for other holidays just a little different. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Sarah Oswald says:

    I have 3 coffee cans that would be perfect for this I cant wait to get the time to start making this with the kids they are going to love it since I know I do. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project.

  65. I LOVE this project. I am homeschooling my preschooler and I think we will make these for Patriotic Day!

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