Monday, June 17, 2013

Canada Flag Windsocks

With Canada Day just around the corner it is a great excuse to get crafting with the kids.  These windsocks are perfect hung from a tree our even the deck.  Show off your Canadian pride with some windsocks hanging at home and at the cottage.

Materials Needed:

  • Tin Cans - cleaned
  • Spray Paint or Craft Paint - red and white
  • Cardboard or wax paper for template
  • Ribbon - red and white
  • Craft Glue or Glue Gun
  • Twine or other string
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • pencil (optional)
  • scissors


  1. Using the hammer and nail, poke two holes into the top of the can.
  2. Paint the can either red or white.  Let it dry.
  3. Using the opposite colour paint, paint a maple leaf in the centre of the can.  Let it dry.
  4. Meanwhile, cut lengths of red and white ribbon approximately 24 cm long each.
  5. Cut a length of twine approximately 2 feet long (or double the length you need it to be for hanging in your desired location).
  6. When the paint is dry, feed the twine through the two holes on the top of the can.  Pull them through the opening and tie them together in a knot.  It will be hidden in the can.
  7. Using glue, attach ribbons to the bottom of the can alternating between red and white.
  8. Hang your windsock proudly!
*You can see in the bottom row of the photo above that for step #3 we created a template for our maple leaf.  We used Elmer's adhesive to keep our template in place.  As long as you don't leave it too long, it can be removed and re-used.

Think the kids will have trouble painting a maple leaf?  Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Create a stencil that you can stick to the can and have them dab on the paint then remove the stencil.
  2. Pre-draw a maple leaf for them and have the kids fill it in with paint.
  3. Find a small maple leaf from a tree and use it like a stamp. 
  4. Hand them a bunch of maple leaf stickers and let them go to town.  They may not hold up as well in the long run but they'll look great on Canada Day!
Happy Canada Day!


  1. This is so neat! You always have the best craft ideas.

    And (early) Happy Canada Day!

  2. My kids would love this. And so affordable to make too.

    Happy early Canada Day! :)

  3. Wow - this looks fantastic! I would have never come up with that idea but it looks so easy and fun. Nothing like homemade decorations to make a holiday even more special.

  4. I love this - so easy and inexpensive!

  5. Love this craft idea. It's an inexpensive and fun way to show our Canadian pride! Happy early Canada Day!

  6. Thanks for sharing such an easy to implement idea. I've linked it to my article


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