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Monday, July 8, 2013

4th of July Wind Socks

Did you have a nice Independence Day?  I really enjoy all the fun and family time that surrounds this summer holiday, but it always sneaks up on me.  This year I didn't put up any decorations until July 3rd!  The afternoon of the 3rd wasn't the nicest in terms of weather, so we finally got around to making a project I had in mind.  I found the instructions for a Wind Sock made from an aluminum can on a blog I follow, Echos of Laughter, but as usual I didn't have all the "proper" materials on hand so it has my own twist.  I should also point out that the blog is Canadian, so I switched up the theme from Canada Day to Independence Day.

First I emptied out and cleaned out three aluminum cans, and then punched two holes in one end to thread the hanger (yarn) through.  The kids decorated strips of white paper with red and blue crayons.
 Then we glued the white strips around the outside of the cans, and "sqweezded hawd" until the glue dried a bit.
 Next we cut long thin strips of red and blue construction paper to use as streamers.  Ribbon or tissue paper might have been a better choice, but I didn't have any on hand.
Last, we took the strips and glued them inside the bottom edge of the can (watch out for sharp edges).
The weather was too damp to try them  outside right way, so Ian created his own wind and was pleased with the results.
Then they were hung up in the kitchen window until the weather dried out,
 which it did on Independence Day.

I hope you all had as much fun at parades and fireworks as we did this year.
Happy Independence from Britain!

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Anonymous said...

My favorite part of independence day was scolding barbarous candy-fiend boys who ignored gentler exhortations from female members of my family to stop clobbering our (much smaller) children and taking their candy, scolding barbarous boys who were ostensibly visiting our neighbors but invaded our yard (of itself no problem at all) and proceeded to abuse our childrens' toys regardless of how many times my wife or I asked them not to, and finally watching the fireworks through a clump of socially graceless adults who showed up on the beach 10 minutes before the fireworks started, stood right iin front of us, blocked our view and refused to sit down for the duration. So yeah, Independence Day.

Sigh, when did I turn into a cranky old man?

- Aaron

Jessica said...

Cute project. I got cranky at the length of the world's most boring parade.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. There should be a cap on the number of businesses in the parade. I could've culled about 30 of the 90 "floats" and the parade would not have suffered...

- Aaron

jmommymom said...

That's a fun 4th of July project. I see you're in England. We're in Germany and I find it really difficult to celebrate Independence overseas. It's one holiday I wish we were home for.

Dana said...

Oops - sorry for the confusion. "Independence from Britain" is something my husband yells during the fireworks. We actually do live in the states. I suppose patriotic holidays are a bit more complicated when you live out of the country!