Sunday, June 23, 2013

Spring Windsock (spring craft)

This is a fun project that can be created in a multitude of designs.

Parental supervision is recommended.

What you'll need:

  • White craft foam sheet
  • Green craft foam sheet
  • Craft foam sheets in multiple colors
  • 2 liter pop bottle
  • Clear plastic lanyard (Rexlace)
  • 4 pieces of Purple ribbon (1" wide x 18" long)
  • 4 pieces of Yellow ribbon (1" wide x 18" long)
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Hole Punch
  • Low temp hot glue gun or "the welder" glue
  • Fishing swivel hook

How to make it:

Note: You may need a friend to help you hold the craft foam in place while marking and punching holes in the bottle.

  1. Cut 2 liter bottle near the bottom where it begins to curve inward.
  2. Wash and dry 2 liter pop bottle.
  3. Hole punch down the short side of the craft foam, about 2" apart.
  4. Take a sheet of green craft foam and wrap around bottle, matching to cut end of bottle. (Note: Put punched edge on top)
  5. Mark holes with pen where holes are located.
  6. Remove from bottle and hole punch other short side that is marked.
  7. Cut a long string of Rexlace.
  8. Wrap green craft foam around bottle, matching hole punches.
  9. Tie a double knot in one end of the Rexlace.
  10. Thread the Rexlace starting at the bottom (near the neck of the bottle) through about 3 holes.
  11. Mark the remaining holes on to the bottle (under the craft foam).
  12. Remove the craft foam.
  13. Carefully using the scissors, punch holes where marked on the bottle.
  14. Slide craft foam back on to the bottle.
  15. Lace the Rexlace through the two layers of craft foam and the bottle. Double knot at the end. Cut off excess Rexlace.
  16. Cut out the fence out of white craft foam sheet. Glue on to the green sheet.
  17. Cut out bugs, flowers, and any shapes desired out of the different colors of craft foam.
  18. Glue the shapes together and then on to the windsock.
  19. Hole punch 8 holes, evenly spaced, around the bottom (neck end) of the windsock.
  20. Tie a knot on one end of a piece of ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the back of the windsock.
  21. Repeat for the rest of the ribbon, alternating colors around the windsock.
  22. Punch 4 holes in the top of the windsock. Note each pair of two should be across from each other.
  23. Cut 2 pieces of Rexlace about 2 feet long.
  24. Tie a double knot in one end of a piece of Rexlace. Thread the Rexlace from the inside to the outside.
  25. Then lace the Rexlace from the outside to the inside of the opposite hole. Tie in a double knot on the inside.
  26. Repeat for other piece of Rexlace in remaining two holes.
  27. Attach a swivel fishing hook to the loops.
  28. Hang and enjoy your windsock!

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