DIY Tin Can Windsock

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Decorative windsocks make an eye-catching addition to an outdoor space, though they were originally designed as a method of determining wind speed and direction. Tin cans make a solid base for windsocks and can easily be personalized into unique pieces of art. Strips of fabric or ribbon attached to the bottom reveal which way the wind is blowing.

(Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Things You'll Need

  • Empty tin can
  • Nail, 13-gauge
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper, 60 or 80-grit
  • Spray paint
  • 1 1/2-inch ribbon, 23 feet (multiple colors if desired)
  • Glue gun
  • Thin hemp rope or twine, 2 feet
  • Newspapers (optional)
  • Burlap (optional)
  • Seashells (optional)
(Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Step 1: Create Two Holes for the Hemp Rope

Use the hammer and nail to puncture two holes in the bottom center of the empty tin can. These holes will be used to hang the windsock when it is complete.

(Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Step 2: Sand the Can

Gently sand the outside and bottom of the tin can until it is no longer glossy. This creates a rough surface to which the spray paint can adhere.

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Step 3: Paint the Can

In a well-ventilated room or outside, apply a thin coat of paint to the outside and bottom of the can. Allow the paint to dry completely and add another thin layer of paint. Painting in thin, light coats prevents paint drips.

(Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Tip

  • You can protect your work surface by covering it with newspaper.

Step 4: Cut the Ribbon

Cut the ribbon into eight strips of equal length. The strips of ribbon pictured are 34 inches long, but the length can be adjusted to be shorter or longer, depending on your personal preference.

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Step 5: Glue the Ribbon

Place a thin line of hot glue on the top of the can. Working quickly, before the glue dries, place one end of the ribbon on the glue and press down gently. Continue to glue the remaining strips of ribbon in alternating colors around the perimeter of the can.

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Tip

  • You can dab clear nail polish along the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying.

Warning

  • Use caution while using the hot glue gun. Do not allow your skin to come in direct contact with the hot glue. Use a pen to press the ribbon onto the hot glue.

Step 6: Thread and Knot the Rope

Thread the 2-foot piece of hemp rope through the two holes in the can and knot each end on the inside of the can. This will allow you to hang the windsock outside.

(Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Tip

  • The length of the hemp rope can be adjusted based on how low you want your windsock to hang.

Step 7: Decorate the Can

Add any finishing decorations to the outside of the can.

(Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Step 8: Display the Windsock

Choose a breezy area to proudly display your new tin can windsock, hanging it on a hook where desired.

(Image: Kenzie Mastroe)

Tip

  • The hot glue may be weakened during a heavy storm. Bring the windsock indoors during severe weather.

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