Easy 4th of July Craft

HOW TO MAKE A NO-SEW PATRIOTIC BURLAP WINDSOCK

The 13 stripes and 50 stars on the United States flag will always unite us, so here is a craft that salutes our country with a fresh take on a vintage look. You can relax while crafting your windsock, because painted burlap doesn’t require perfection or a sewing machine.

 

Materials

  • 1 yard of burlap fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Red, white and blue acrylic paint
  • 3 paint brushes (one needs to be bristled)
  • Star-shaped foam stickers (optional)
  • 6-inch embroidery hoop
  • Hot glue gun
  • 18-inch piece of ribbon

 

Instructions

1. Cut burlap into two sections: One 12 x 21-inch section for the stars, and one 24 x 24-inch section for the stripes.

2. For the stripes: Cut the stripe section into two 12 x 24-inch sections. Paint one section red and let dry. Once that section is dry, turn it over and paint the other side a light coat of red. Once the red section is completely dry, cut it into four 2.5 x 24-inch red strips. Cut the remaining non-painted stripe section into four 2.5 x 24-inch strips as well.

 

3. For the stars: Take the remaining stars panel and place star-shaped foam stickers in a pattern. The stickers will work like a stencil. Work blue paint carefully around the star-shaped stickers and then continue painting the entire section of burlap. Once that section is dry, remove stickers and use a bristled paintbrush and white paint to fill in the stars. Alternatively, paint white stars onto a solid blue section once it’s dry.

4. Assembly: Once the white paint is dry, turn the panel over and place the 2.5-inch strips along the bottom edge, alternating between red and unpainted strips. For the red strips, be sure the more densely painted side is facing down. Use a hot glue gun to secure the strips to the star panel.

Next, apply hot glue to the outer perimeter of the embroidery hoop and stand the hoop on blue burlap, 1.5 inches from the top. Slowly add glue and roll until completely adhered to hoop. Glue the length of the overlapped blue edge down the side. Finally, apply hot glue to the inner perimeter of the hoop and wrap burlap edge inward, covering the hoop. Add a ribbon by gluing each end to the interior of the hoop, creating a handle.

No-Sew Patriotic Burlap Windsock

Keyword: burlap craft, craft, Independence Day craft, July 4th craft, windsock

Materials

Materials

  • 1 yard burlap fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Red, white and blue acrylic paint
  • 3 paint brushes (one needs to be bristled)
  • Star-shaped foam stickers (optional)
  • 6 -inch embroidery hoop
  • 18 -inch piece of ribbon

Instructions

Instructions

  • Cut burlap into two sections: One 12 x 21-inch section for the stars, and one 24 x 24-inch section for the stripes.
  • For the stripes: Cut the stripe section into two 12 x 24-inch sections. Paint one section red and let it dry. Once that section is dry, turn it over and paint the other side a light coat of red. Once the red section is completely dry, cut that into four 2.5 x 24-inch red strips. Cut the remaining non-painted stripe section into four 2.5 x 24-inch strips as well.
  • For the stars: Take the remaining stars panel and place star-shaped foam stickers in a pattern. The stickers will work like a stencil. Work blue paint carefully around the star-shaped stickers and then continue painting the entire section of burlap. Once that section is dry, remove stickers and use a bristled paintbrush and white paint to fill in the stars. Alternatively, paint white stars onto a solid blue section once it's dry.
  • Assembly: Once white paint is dry, turn the panel over and place the 2.5-inch strips along the bottom edge, alternating between red and unpainted strips. For the red strips, be sure the more densely painted side is facing down. Use a hot glue gun to secure the strips to the star panel. Next, apply hot glue to the outer perimeter of the embroidery hoop and stand the hoop on the blue burlap, 1.5 inches from the top. Slowly add glue and roll until completely adhered to hoop. Glue the length of the overlapped blue edge down the side. Finally, apply hot glue to the inner perimeter of the hoop and wrap burlap edge inward, covering the hoop. Add a ribbon by gluing each end to the interior of the hoop, creating a handle.

Need an even easier version for the little kids to make? Have them make their own windsocks using crepe paper streamers for the stripes and a trimmed and decorated paper lunch sack for the stars section. Use a glue stick to adhere the streamers inside the bag, and then punch holes up top to add a ribbon handle.

Hang your windsock and be proud of your accomplishment, and of our country! Happy Independence Day!

For a patriotic (and delicious!) recipe to enjoy this 4th of July, check out page 39 of the most recent issue of CharlottesvilleFamily’s Life & Home.

 


KRISSY MILLAR has come to peace with the fact that, although she tries, she will never have it all together, especially while mothering and homeschooling two girls, being a wife and running a business.


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