Musical Stars and Stripes

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Musical Stars and Stripes
Total Time 1 to 2 hours Ages school-age

Let freedom ring with this easy-to-assemble patriotic wind chime fashioned out of a few basic craft supplies.

What you'll need

  • Regular and decorative scissors
  • Ruler
  • Red, white, and blue craft foam
  • Small hole punch
  • White paint
  • Small paintbrush or star stamp
  • 30 small paper clips (ours were red, white, and blue)
  • 12-inch wooden skewer with the sharp tips cut off
  • Ribbon or wire
  • 13 bells (ours were 3/4 inch in size)

How to make it

  1. Cut out a 4 1/2- by 4-inch blue craft foam rectangle. Punch 4 evenly spaced holes on one of the long sides of the rectangle and 7 on the other.

  2. Paint on the stars; we used a small star stamp.

  3. Using scissors with decorative blades, cut out 7 red craft foam strips: three 1/2 by 8 inches, four 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches. Cut out 6 white craft foam strips: three 1/2 by 8 inches and three 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.

  4. Punch holes in both ends of all of the strips and thread paper clips through all the holes.

  5. Attach the 7 short strips to the bottom of the blue square. Thread 4 paper clips through the holes at the top of the blue square.

  6. Slide all the pieces onto the wooden skewer to form the flag, then attach a piece of ribbon or wire to the ends of the skewer as shown. Attach a bell to the clip on each strip and let your colors fly.

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