My boys and I made these cute windsocks this afternoon to make some easy decorations for the Fourth of July. They look great hanging out on our front porch. This craft is fun for any age.
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Red, white, blue construction paper or scrapbook paper
- Letter stencils
- Stickers (optional)
- Red, white, blue streamers
- Glue stick
- Hole punch
- Yarn or ribbon for hanging
This craft is very versatile in that if you don't have what you need you can just substitute something else. We used stencils to create our stars and lettering, but you could also print them out on your computer or use stickers instead.
First cover the toilet paper roll with white paper. I used a paper cutter to cut the paper to the right size and then glued it on the toilet paper roll with a glue stick. You could also paint the toilet paper roll white instead.
Next I cut the letters USA and some stars out with some scrapbooking stencils and red, white, and blue scrapbooking paper I had on hand. Stickers would also work great. I cut out the stencils and then let my kids glue everything on the toilet paper roll.
Cut lengths of red, white, and blue streamers to be approximately 24 inches long. The streamers are the only purchase I had to make for this project. I got big rolls of streamers at Walmart for about $1 each and there is a lot left for another project. After you cut the lengths of streamers, cut each streamer in half lengthwise. The streamers are too wide for these little tubes, so cutting them in half make them the perfect size.
Have your child use a glue stick to glue the streamers into the bottom of the toilet paper tube.
Lastly, use the hole punch to punch two holes into the top of the toilet paper roll. String approximately 24 inches of yarn or ribbon through the holes and tie. Your festive Fourth of July windsock is ready to hang!
This is a great summer project for kids. Thanks to the All Kids Network for the inspiration for this fun Fourth of July craft.
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