Ribbon Windsock

By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog Geek with Glasses.

This ribbon windsock is a pretty decoration for the summer. The project takes no time and teaches children a basic square knot to tie the ribbons tight. Make one this afternoon and enjoy a glass of lemonade as you watch it blowing in the breeze.

Supplies:

First cut ribbon strips to 24″ each. We used a lot because our hoop was large. You will want enough ribbons to go around the hoop without too much of the hoop showing. Next take the ribbon fold it in half over the hoop and tie a square knot, right over left – left over right and pull tight. Continue until you have used all you ribbons and made it around the hoop.

Then using the fishing line or beading string cut 4 lengths to tie to the hoop at the quarter marks, tie those to a lobster clasp that has a swivel on it. That will be used to hang the windsock.

When it spins in the wind the swivel will let it twist without tangling up on its self. So easy, enjoy.

 

Craft Bloopers Drawing

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This is a safe space. A space where it’s okay to admit that you sewed the waistband of a slip incorrectly, and it came loose and fell off while standing in a crowded elevator (it really is, Sherrill L.). This is a space where we won’t laugh at you, but with you because we’ve all been through it. Here, when you share your craft disasters, you won’t be met with ridicule, but with understanding head nods from people who have had their fair share of bloopers. At CreateForLess, we’ll actually reward you for admitting your mistakes. You could win a $100 Gift Certificate to CreateForLess by telling us your biggest craft mishap at the 2013 Craft Bloopers Drawing!

I’ll go first:

I was attempting to sew my first pattern. It was a little bit out of my skill level. It had buttons, interfacing, and even a collar. But that’s not where I started to struggle. I could not figure out what I was supposed to do with the sleeves. I ended up misreading the directions and sewing them in backward. Once I realized my mistake, I was so frustrated with the whole ordeal that I went a little too crazy with my seam ripper taking them out. I ended up ripping my sleeve right in half, along the grain of the fabric, not even along a seam! I was out of fabric to make a new sleeve, so I just added a little hem to the armholes and decided to make it sleeveless!

Here are a few brave souls from last year’s Craft Bloopers Drawing:

I was using my lo-temp glue gun attaching artificial flowers to a straw hat for AG dolls– I used one of my “That Purple Thang” tools to hold and press down the flowers so as not to burn/mess up my fingers. I dropped a flower and leaned over to retrieve it and when I sat up, I couldn’t find my Purple Thang. I bet I looked for an hour – everywhere- even down the front of my dress. After that, I gave up on the project and hours later as I was in the bathroom, there I saw it (in the mirror), stuck to my very fluffy curly hair and held securely with glue. I use a foil pie dish to rest my glue gun and Purple Thang while using it. I see now how my hair brushed it all when i leaned over to get the dropped flower. The rest explains itself.

– Linda N.

I was heading out to a New Year’s Eve party in 2005 and had carefully glued on fake fingernails using a small tube of craft glue as I thought they’d stay on better. I took the glue with me just in case I needed to re-glue a nail. As I was driving, one of the nails came loose. I took the glue out of my purse and used my teeth to help open the lid. To my horror, glue squirted onto my lips and tongue. Suddenly my lips were glued into an Elvis-like sneer and my tongue had an uncomfortable smudge of glue on the tip. I tried my best to get it off, but for the entire evening my lips had a strange little sneer and I spoke with a lisp. My friends thought it was hysterical and it was funny but I had very few dances that evening.

-Eileen T.

Judi B- Craft Bloopers Drawing

While scrapbooking our Gatlinburg vacation, on our last day, I set up my camera delay and propped the camera to the view of my intended subjects (well, except myself). When I made the mad dash to get in the picture, I didn’t allow extra room for my height and the photo printing lab chopped off my head. Well, it was too late for another photo and being at a scrapbook event, I couldn’t reprint this photo from home, so I just had to be creative and draw the rest of my head onto the scrapbook page!

– Judi B.

I was knitting a triangular wrap that could be used a shawl or a wraparound skirt for a dancer. Because it needed to be wide so that it could tie around the shoulders or waist, I used a circular needle, Face it, there is no such thing as a pair of 42″ straight needles.

I took my knitting with me everywhere, including when I took family members for appointments. I’d sit in the lobby or waiting room and knit. One time, a fellow knitter struck up a conversation with me, and we found we had much in common. I just kept knitting away. When that knitter was called in for her appointment I took a look at the shawl. I had totally forgotten that I was making a flat object, and had knit over half-a-dozen rows that were completely circular. The shawl looked rather like a windsock with a triangular tail!

– Celeste C.

I keep a spray bottle with bleach for fabric when I want to remove color. One morning while getting ready for work I was just wanting to mist my curly hair to liven it up. I reached and grabbed my bleach/water combo and sprayed away. After getting my hair pretty wet I was wondering why I smelled something but could not pinpoint what it was at the moment. When it dripped onto my shirt, it dawned on me!!! OOPS!
Too late, Hope it sets a trend!

– Judy T.

If they can do it, you can do it! Send us your craft blooper today and you could win a $100 CreateForLess Gift Certificate!

Kids Crafts: Ribbon

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

DIY windsock made from ribbon

Ribbon Windsock

Ribbons can add a colorful accent to your kid’s craft project. They come in so many different materials, you can use a ribbon for any project! Kids will have fun choosing patterns and textures. There are so many ways to use ribbon that are beautiful and fun! Here are some of our favorites…

Ribbon Wand - Prudent Baby

DIY Ribbon WandsPrudent Baby

Kids will have hours of outdoor and active fun watching the ribbons dance with them. These are beautiful and inexpensive toys that will bring hours of joy. Children can help by choosing the ribbon to include. Let them choose their favorite color!

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