Check out the fun ‘windsock’ I made to decorate for Canada Day. If you can spray paint and use a glue gun then you too can make this! Really the hardest part will be finding a big can to use, I used a big warehouse pack sized coffee can. This craft could be ANY colour, pattern, celebration you want it to be. I would LOVE to see your windsock if y0u make one! INSERT CRAFTING INEPTITUDE RANT HERE – Ok before you think I am perfect and never make crafting mistakes you obviously don’t know me! I have taken all the error out of trial and error for you. You may thank me later by showering me with admiration or fully loaded Starbucks cards, I’ll let you choose. I had seen an example of this on my (best friend, worst enemy)Pintrest and they had lovingly tied all the hand woven ribbons through holes they punched with an eco-hammer and nail. I call bull-poop on that one. I punched all my holes with a hammer probably sourced with wood from an old-growth tree and guess what-UNLESS you are using really skinny ribbon (I was not) it will not feed through the little itty bitty holes. You can swear at it all you want but trust me unless you are wanting a frayed hot mess of ribbon go with a glue gun. You’ll still get to swear when you burn your finger so it is still a win win situation. RANT FINISHED.
- Large metal can
- White spray paint (outdoor, good for on metal)
- Ribbon, err on the side of too much 3-5 rolls
- Glue gun
STEPS TO CRAFTING AWESOMENESS
- Now that the fair warning is out of the way you may still punch holes along the bottom of your can if you A. bought skinny ribbon or B. like the look of the punches.
- Punch 2 holes in top of can to attach hanging wire
- Go outside or into a well ventilated area to spray a couple of coats of outdoor white spray paint. Follow instructions on the can.
- Once paint is dry you can glue on embellishments. You could also mask off and paint red stripes or a maple leaf if you are all arsty-fartsy. I found these cool wooden pieces at Walmart. My son was INSISTENT on the hockey piece which I hang to the back ‘so he can enjoy it when we are leaving the house’.
- Decide on ribbon pattern and pre-cut pieces. I did an alternating pattern and doubled the ribbon over and angle cut it on the ends. It is much easier to have it all at matching lengths now than trying to give the whole thing a ‘haircut’ after.
- Ok say goodbye to the skin on your finger tips as you are now about to burn it off. Start glueing ribbon strips onto the inside of the can.
- Loop wire through the holes in the top to create a hanging loop.
- Hang your masterpiece up and admire it.
We made this last year so it is going out for it’s second Canada Day week and we had it hanging hockey side out for a few weeks during the winter Olympics as well. We do have it semi-covered but it does get blown about and a bit wet during driving rains so I think it is lasting quite well. I hope you enjoyed this craft!