Art Project #20: Tin Can Windsock

We made some tin can windsocks yesterday and they were so simple and fun!  I just love how this 100 Days of Art Challenge is pushing us to try new ideas each week!

To make tin can windsocks you will need:

  • clean, empty tin cans with one end completely opened
  • spray paint
  • hot glue
  • ribbon (we used all different colors and sizes)
  • Popsicle stick (for pushing ribbon into hot glue without burning fingers)
  • Hammer & nail for making holes to hang them up
  • String/ twine 

We cleaned out some large tin cans and made sure they were dry before the boys settled down to spray paint them.  

They love using spray paint and this time they experimented with using more than one color each.  I stood back and while I gave a few pointers so that they didn't end up with huge drips of paint I let them work on their own. 

We set the cans aside to dry in the sun and I had them pick out some ribbon.  We figured the circumference of our cans was around 10 inches so I had them decide on a pattern of ribbon and we cut the lengths that they wanted. 

Once the cans were dry we went around the inside rim of the can with some hot glue and using a Popsicle stick the boys pressed their ribbon edges into the glue to hold it in place.  They turned them right side up every now and them to check on them and how they would look hanging up. 

Once we had all the ribbons on we used a hammer and nail to poke holes at the top for hanging.  The first can we just made two holes in the top and threaded twine through; but it was rather difficult to get the string through both holes so we changed our technique with the second can and it worked much better.  We used the nails to make two holes on the top near the edge of the can and then made a second hole on the sides of the can near the top and directly underneath the previous hole so that the string went right through both holes and we tied a knot on each side of the can like this:

Then they were all ready to hang in our garden!

Our other art projects:
Project 1: Painting with Hexbugs
Project 2: Tissue paper flowers
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 4: Watercolor compass circles
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 7: Scratch art jellyfish


  1. Nice...but what are windsocks for😯? Just wondering

    1. I think in sea faring communities they are used to determine the direction of the wind; we just use them for a pretty garden decoration.

  2. What a cool craft project for the boys! Aww they get to see their artwork hanging in the garden ... I'm sure it makes them happy! Thanks for sharing at #SimplifyWednesdays pinned and tweeted

    Carla a.k.a Mrs. R

  3. So many times when I toss things into our recycle bin I'm thinking that if I were just a little bit more creative I could find a way to re-purpose this... Thanks for the idea :)

    1. I often throw things away and then a week or two later stumble upon a craft I want to try and then spend the next few weeks trying to get supplies for them! But I have learned that I can't save all the trash just in case.

  4. So many times when I toss things into our recycle bin I'm thinking that if I were just a little bit more creative I could find a way to re-purpose this... Thanks for the idea :)

  5. These look fab! We love crafting. I will have to check out the 100 days of art challenge. Always looking for new ideas. #FamilyFunLinky

  6. Great idea... and a fun project for kids. :)

    1. Thanks. I was surprised at how well they have held up to the weather too; we have two of these still hanging around our yard a year later!

  7. Oh the joy of spray paint!! What a lovely idea. I've seen it down with plastic bottles instead, might be safer than a tin can and hole making... ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

    1. There is something about spray paint; that's for sure!


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