Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Patriotic Wind Sock!

Hello!  Good Morning!

Well, it's almost the 4th of July, and our town makes a pretty big deal about it.  We have a parade in the morning with different bands, lots of picnics, fun booths... and then the University of Redlands opens the stadium gates and people flood in to claim a seat on the grass and spend the day having fun till the sparkly fireworks display that night!  We live less than 1 mile from the University, so we have a pretty good view of the fireworks from the open park area right next to our house...

And since it's such a big and fun deal around here, Adam and I made a fun craft to show our patriotism!  And the best part, we used all items that I had in the house and reused tin cans!

{Tin Can Patriotic Wind Sock)

So, here's what we did.

I grabbed a few CLEAN and EMPTY cans - grabbed them from the recycle...

And then I spray painted them with Krylon Indoor/Outdoor red paint in gloss.  It took 2 coats to cover.  We let them dry over night.

I then grabbed my Crop-a-Dile and punched 3 holes into the top, open end of the can.

We then cut streamers from crepe paper and taped them to the bottom rims of the cans.  We alternated between blue and white streamers.

We then punched stars with an EK punch and used glue dots to glue them where the streamers were taped to the can.  We used the scraps from our USA Banner...  Don't forget to tie twine, string, yarn or ribbon to your can, using the holes that you punched with the crop-a-dile. 

Hang them from your porch, patio, light fixtures - anywhere - to show your American Pride!

Hope you all have a very bright (and safe!) 4th of July!

Oh!  And we're updating the design of the blog so please excuse the mess!  At the end, the blog will be more user friendly!

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