How to Make a Patriotic Windsock

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Show your pride with this patriotic windsock that's perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, or any time of year that you want to display the red, white, and blue. The stars and stripes wave in the breeze thanks to the "tails" of the windsock that catch gusts of air. They're so easy to make that you'll want to make several to display throughout your yard. This simple DIY craft is also a great way to inspire patriotism in youngsters, so ask the kids to help!

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Things You'll Need

  • Empty cylindrical oatmeal canister, 42 oz. or 18 oz.

  • Hobby knife

  • Fabric ribbon, various colors and widths

  • Scissors

  • Stapler

  • Red, white, and blue construction paper

  • Craft glue

  • String

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1. Cut the bottom off the oatmeal container

Using a hobby knife, remove and discard the bottom of a cylindrical oatmeal canister. The top will already be open, as that is where the lid was located.

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Tip

The most popular sizes of oatmeal containers are the 42-ounce and 18-ounce packages. Both are ideal for windsocks.

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2. Staple ribbon to the bottom

Cut pieces of ribbon to about 18 inches in length, selecting patriotic-colored ribbon in various styles and widths. Staple the ribbon to the bottom of the oatmeal container with the end of the ribbon on the inside. Continue stapling ribbons until the entire bottom rim is covered.

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3. Cut paper to size

Cut a piece of construction paper to fit completely around the oatmeal container, extending past the top and bottom by about 1/2 inch. As an optional decorative touch, cut scallops on the bottom edge of the paper.

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4. Glue paper to the container

Wrap the paper around the container to hide the printing on the package as well as the staples used to attach the ribbon. Use craft glue to attach the paper to the container.

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5. Add stripes

Cut out 1-inch to 2-inch stripes that are long enough to wrap around the cylinder. Glue the stripes to the cylinder, leaving room between them to add stars.

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6. Add stars

Draw stars freehand or trace them from a preprinted sheet and cut them out. Glue the stars to the windsock between the stripes.

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You can decorate the outside of the cylinder with more patriotic-themed ribbon. Also, look for scrapbook paper or wrapping paper with predesigned red, white, and blue elements.

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7. Tie a string at the top

Using a hobby knife, punch two holes on opposite ends at the top of the windsock. Thread string through the holes and secure with knots to create a hanging loop for the windsock.

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8. Hang the windsock

Hang the windsock outside on a tree branch or at the end of a flag pole. You may need another piece of string to tie the hanging loop to a branch. When hanging more than one windsock, experiment with several patterns of stars and stripes for a patriotic array that will inspire the neighborhood.

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To add more visual interest to your patriotic display, you can make windsocks in a variety of sizes by using toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, or bread crumb containers in place of the oatmeal containers.

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Looking for more patriotic decor ideas for your next holiday party or to dress up your yard? Check out our tutorial on painting an American flag pallet!

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