How to Make a Windsock for Kids: 13 Steps

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How to Make a Windsock for Kids: 13 Steps
How to Make a Windsock for Kids: 13 Steps
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Windsocks are a popular decoration to have on your porch. You can even grab them by the handle and run to let them flutter in the wind. They come in all sorts of shapes and colors, making them the perfect craft project for kids of all ages.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Making a Paper Windsock

Step 1. Decorate a sheet of paper with markers, crayons, paint or stickers

Take a sheet of cardboard, paper or cardboard. Place it on a flat surface and decorate it however you like. If you want to use paint, wait for it to dry.

  • For something simple, make balls or ribbons.
  • Draw a pattern such as hearts, stars or fish.
  • Decorate the windsock to make it look like an animal, like a fish or an owl.

Step 2. Roll the paper crosswise into a tube shape and use glue, tape or a stapler to secure it

Join the narrow edges together to form a tube, overlapping them 2 to 3 centimeters. Secure it in position with the help of glue, tape or staples.

  • The side to be decorated must be on the outside of the tube.
  • You can use a liquid glue or stick glue. In the case of liquid, use clips or clips to hold the paper until it is dry.

Step 3. Cut tissue paper or crepe paper into ribbons

Streamers should be approximately 40 centimeters long. The crepe paper will already be cut into thin ribbons, which can be left as is or thinned even further. If using tissues, cut them 3 to 5 centimeters wide and 40 centimeters long.

  • Cut enough tape to be glued around the entire inside edge of the windsock. Five to ten are likely to be needed.
  • Streamers do not need to be the same color. Make each one a different shade for a rainbow windsock!

Step 4. Use glue or tape to secure the streamers to the inside edge of the windsock

Place one end 3 centimeters inward, applying glue or tape to hold it in place - then move on to the next. Continue until you have covered the entire interior with the streamers.

Liquid glue or stick glue will work best for this step, but you can also use a stapler if there is no other alternative

Step 5. Drill two holes in the top of the windsock, directly opposite each other

Rotate it so that the streamers are facing you and use an awl to punch two holes in its top. They must be on opposite sides of each other.

Step 6. Thread a thread through both holes and tie the ends together

Cut a piece of thread three to four times the length of the windsock. Pass it through both holes, bring them together and tie them into a knot. Rotate the handle so that this knot is inside the windsock.

  • String is great at this step, but you can use any type of thread you like as long as it's thin enough to fit through the holes.
  • Alternatively, you can run the tip of a cigar cleaner through each hole and bend the ends to hold them in place.

Step 7. Hang the windsock on a hook

If you really want to see it in action, hang it outside or in front of a fan. Be careful not to leave it outside during rainy season. It is important to always bring it inside at night, or the dew could spoil it.

Method 2 of 2: Making a windsock from plastic

Step 1. Cut a 2-3cm ring from a plastic bottle

Find a plastic bottle of water or soda and cut it in half using scissors or a knife. Next, cut a ring 2-3 centimeters wide from one of the halves. Set it aside for use and recycle the rest.

  • Young children will need assistance with this step.
  • If the bottle had a dirty interior, wash the ring with warm soapy water. Then dry it with a towel.

Step 2. Drill two holes in the plastic ring

Use an awl or an awl to make them - it's important that both are on opposite sides, or the windsock won't keep the balance.

Step 3. Thread a thread through the holes to assemble a handle

Cut a piece of thread three to four times the length of the ring. Pass it through both holes and tie the ends together to make a loop.

Step 4. Cut 2 to 3 cm ribbons from a bag

Open a plastic bag on the table. Use a marker and ruler to draw ribbons 2-3 centimeters wide lengthwise from top to bottom. Cut them with scissors, taking care to reach both layers of plastic.

  • The amount of tapes will depend on how many you want to use in your windsock - it may take five to seven.
  • Use different colors to make a rainbow windsock!
  • You can also use party streamers, made of lace or even cellophane.

Step 5. Tie the ribbons to the plastic ring with a knot

Fold a plastic tape in half and place the bent end on the ring so that it protrudes from the base by a few centimeters. Tie the ends over the top and cross them down the inside of the loop. Pull them to tighten the knot.

Repeat this procedure on all ribbons until the ring is covered. It may be necessary to cut more plastic tape, depending on the size of the bottle

Step 6. Hang the windsock on a hook

You can place it wherever you like, but for best results, it's ideal outside on a windy day. If there is no wind present, put it in front of a fan. Since the windsock is made of plastic, you won't have to worry about getting it wet or damp.

Tips

  • Acrylic paint works well for this purpose, but you can also use poster or temper paints.
  • Watercolor and markers look great on white paper, but will eventually disappear on colored paper.
  • Hang the windsock somewhere with a breeze.

Notices

  • Don't leave paper windsocks outside on a rainy day.
  • It is important that an adult is present at all steps involving cutting plastic.

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