Crepe Paper Windsock Craft For The 4th Of July

by Destri on June 29, 2011

Crepe Paper Windsock Craft

This is the perfect last minute craft for the Fourth of July.  You only need a couple of items, and the end result produces something you can hang up for the holiday weekend.  Crafts are much more fun when your kids can show them off :).  I saw the idea idea for making a crepe paper windsock years ago in a Better Homes And Gardens magazine and thought this was a fun way to use the idea, making it resemble the American Flag.

This would also be fun to use as a decoration for birthday parties, just use crepe paper in the colors from the party.  Lots of possibilities!

Catch me after the jump for all the details!

Crepe Paper Flag Craft

Supplies:

  • embroidery hoop
  • crepe paper – red, white and blue for a US flag
  • white card stock paper
  • safety scissors
  • glue
  • tape
  • star shape to trace if you have one
  • string or yarn to hang

Assembly:

I started by cutting the crepe paper, so it was ready to go before I got the kids involved.  Cut the red and white paper longer, to desired length.  Then cut the blue to be about 1/3 of that length.  I had cut eight streamers of each color, you may need more depending on the size of your hoop.

Now trace out some stars, and let the kids cut them out.  One thing I have always kept in the back of my mind is letting my preschooler learn to use scissors.  I went to my nephews Kindergarten orientation and the teacher stressed that kids should go into school knowing how to use a pair of scissors.  So let them have at it.

I let my two year old glue on the stars while the four year old cut them out.  I am always surprised at how well she can handle these things.  I like to think she is still a baby, but she’s not…dang it.  For the stars, we put three on half and two on the other half, staggering them so they looked good hanging up.

Then you just drape the red and white streamers over the inner hoop and tape to secure, alternating the colors.  Then lay the blue with the stars on over that, and secure with tape. Carefully put the outer hoop over the streamers and tighten the hoop.

Last take some string and tie in three places on the hoop to hang…

Then find your favorite place to hang it!  I was going to hang it outside our front door, but decided this little corner of our house was in need of some color.

My kids have went outside about ten times to see if it still looks good, they are pretty proud :).

For older kids, I bet you could just show them the picture, give them the supplies and let them at it.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Aubrey June 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Great idea Destri! I need some 4th of July decor for my apartment…

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monica June 29, 2011 at 11:15 pm

wowww great job!!

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Rachel June 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I love this! What a fun and eye-catching project! Thanks a bunch, I’ll be linking.

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Suzanne July 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

Super cute Destri!!

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Jenny in CG July 5, 2011 at 11:56 am

we made these for Easter one year… many moons ago.
Instead of the embroidery hoop, we cut wide rings from 2ltr. soda bottles. The kids put holiday stickers and foam decorations on the plastic part, punched holes to tie the hanging string and then glued crepe paper streamers around the bottom edge. We did this as a craft while camping and then hung the wind socks around the cabana and camp site. Many admirers stopped to comment and praise the kids over their creativity and how festive our site looked.
It was such a fun, easy and inexpensive craft with lots of “wow” factor afterward.

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Denice July 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Thanks for the 4th craft idea. I made this with my 88 year old Mother this past 4th holiday weekend. She was a major crafter in her day but now because of a stroke and severe arthritis she can’t do what she once did but she still gets a kick out of trying. I didn’t have the hoops so I thought that the streamers glued around the bottom side of blue paper plates *blue side down* would work. We topped the plate with another plate to hide the glued streamer strips and used white crochet yarn for the hangers. The project was a great hit in the neighborhood on the 4th. We even took some to a family picnic and hung them from the trees~ they were beautiful swaying in the breeze. When we were about to leave the picnic I asked a cousin if she would make sure that the “decorations” were trashed before everyone left. My Mother overheard me and complained that at her age she worked too hard for them to be trashed! We ended up taking them home and hung them around inside her house where she will not only enjoy looking at them for the rest of July but will also have good memories of the picnic and of crafting again. Thanks, again for the great post/idea~ ♥

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Erin July 13, 2011 at 4:39 am

I made this with my 3 year old son for Canada Day. Like a previous poster, we used a paper plate. We used just red and white streamers and used maple leaf stickers on the white ones (it’s way too much work to cut out maple leaves!). We took it to my sister-in-law’s house for the “big day” and she loved it.

Great idea, thanks!

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