Encourage kids’ art and imagination while they make this recycled creative windsock. This project also reinforces reusing and recycling otherwise discarded materials.
Here are some suggested supplies:
- Plastic bottle*—any size will work
- Ribbon or fabric scraps
- Markers or acrylic paints
- Craft knife
- Liquid glue
- String or fishline for hanging
- Hole punch (optional)
- Double-sided tape (optional)
How to put the windsock together:
- Use a craft knife to cut the bottle in half. (Side note here: My granddaughter fashioned her own windsock using a 4-ounce condiment cup.)
- Cut ribbons or fabric scraps to 10″ to 12″.
- With the tip of the craft knife, pierce two small holes in the bottom of the bottle for the fishline or string. You can also pierce these holes with a nail held with pliers and heated in a flame.
- Pierce a row of holes around the open end of the bottle to thread the ribbons through. The easiest way is a hole punch, but the hot nail trick from Step 3 works. Or, make small slits with the craft knife.
- An alternative to the holes is to place a band of double-sided tape around the open end of the bottle. But, do any painting or surface decoration before applying the tape.
- Paint the inside of the bottle. Decorate the outside with markers. Go wild!!
- When the paint is dry, add the ribbon streamers to your windsock. Thread each streamer through one of the holes and secure it in place with a dot of glue.
- Proudly display your recycled creative windsock.
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