So with the 4th of July approaching I wanted to do a fun patriotic themed craft with the kiddos. I’ve been saving vegetable cans for a while and thought that this would be a great time to use them. I remembered that a few weeks ago I saw a pin on Pinterest where old soup/vegetable cans were used to create a wind chime. What an awesome idea, unfortunately I didn’t repin it…ugh! So I decided to search Pinterest in hopes to find it and of course I found several. I swear Pinterest never disappoints. So after reading through several crafters post on DIY wind chimes I decided to pull out my fav tips and wing it. Check out what the kiddos and I came up with…
- Soup/vegetable cans (labels removed, cleaned and dried)
- Spray paint
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Stickers, glitter, etc. used to decorate the cans
- 2 wire hangers
- Hot glue gun
- Nuts and bolts (to add variation in the sound of each can)
- Hammer & nail (to poke holes in the top of the can)
I decided to use a two wire hangers to create the top portion of the wind chime. However, I did seen on Pinterest where someone used an old crochet loom and someone else used the top of an old lamp. I suggest that you get creative with this portion too…
After the kiddos decorated theirs cans, I sprayed them with a clear protective gloss in hopes to protect the wind chime from the outside elements. I also added ribbon and washers/bolts inside each can.
I simply tied each can to the top portion of the wind chime and hung it outside.
The boys love it and I do to! Now if the wind would just blow…lol!
What fun things are you doing for the 4th of July?