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Summer Windsock Craft for Kids

This fun and festive summer windsock craft is a great way for the little ones to channel their inner artists while learning the ins and outs of crafting and re-purposing.

Kids will have a great time creating a colorful windsock to hang in the backyard this summer. It makes a great decoration for a party or barbecue, and you can hang one by your front door to welcome guests to your summer celebration. With just a little gentle breeze, the brightly-hued streamers will blow, and the color and movement of the ribbons will make you smile!

By using an empty plastic container you’d otherwise throw out, this project is also a great opportunity to teach children about reusing items and creating a new life for them. The kids can choose their own color schemes, or make windsocks for the 4th of July using red, white and blue. Let them get creative!

If you're hosting a Kids’ Spring party, you can even set up a windsock making station for the guests. It’s a great activity that will help them channel their inner artist AND they’ll get a cool decoration to bring home and show off!

  • Empty plastic container (I used a frosting container)
  • Washi tape
  • Strong 2-sided tape
  • Ribbon



Step 1: Remove the label from your empty plastic container. The frosting container I used was completely white after I removed the label, so it was ready to decorate, but if you have a printed container, you can easily cover the outside with paper or fabric.



Step 2: Let the children choose some colored or patterned washi tape and apply it the outside of the container. The tape is easy for children to work with and can be repositioned if need be.



Step 3: Help the child run a strip of 2-sided tape to the inside lip of the container, as shown above.



Step 4: The kids love this next step. They can cut lengths of ribbon and press them onto the 2-sided tape, going all the way around the can.


Step 5: Make a small hole in the top of the container and slip a piece of ribbon through. Tie a knot in the end to keep it secure.


Step 6: Hang your windsock and enjoy its dance!

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