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Patriotic Tin Can Wind Chimes

One of the crafts I had the children make during my church's summer day-camp was tin can wind chimes. There where some primed cans left over that I couldn't bear to throw away. When I saw that my mother-in-law (aka Maca) had pinned this patriotic wind chime, the boys and I decided to surprise her. 

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Our supplies:

primed food cans (various size with whole drilled in bottom),
acrylic paint, brushes, mod podge, fishing line, washers,
foam star stickers, glitter pins, jingle bells 

*you can use unprimed cans and/or tempera paint but the colors will
be less  opaque and vibrant. 
Step 1: paint cans

it took a little encouraging to get the boys to cover
the whole can in paint
.

big buddy had the brilliant idea of using a pencil
eraser to make polka dots - "maca loves red and
polka dots, she going to be so happy"

Step 2: when paint is dry, decorate cans with glitter pins and foam stickers
Step 3: cover cans with a layer of mod-podge, let dry
Step 4: thread fishing line (18" to 24" long) through hole in cans and securely tie a washer on the end
Step 5: tie 3-4 cans (jingle bells optional) together & hang 


our finished chimes, we gave one to maca, kept one for ourselves, and mailed the
others off some other loved ones. 

Comments

  1. Wow, those really look great. We've been saving a variety of cans for awhile, and have a few different ideas on what to do with them... but these chimes look so great we may just have to go that route!

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  2. Those came out quite cute! I bet the loved ones you send the others too will be so excited, I know I would. Very festive!
    Carolyn http://sillyhappysweet.blogspot.com

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  3. Ooh these are very cool. Great idea! I love using recycled materials as much as possible. Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Showcase!

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  4. Those are cute and you can make different fun patterns and colors for all summer long....thanks for the idea and for sharing this on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land...hope to see you again soon :)

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