red, white, and blue arts and craft supplies

When winter ends and the snow starts melting away, spring ushers in better weather for spending time outdoors. It can also be a great time for some craft projects you can display outdoors to bring some patriotic pride to your home! Here are 3 American flag crafts for spring that are easy, fun, and look pretty on any porch or doorway.

1. Tin Can Windsock

For this craft, you will need a medium to large size empty tin can, paint and brushes, and either thick ribbons or some cut up strips of fabric. Make sure the paint is red, white, and blue, as well as the fabric or ribbons so you stay with the theme throughout the windsock! Once the cans are clean and free from any sharp edges, you can paint them. The easiest way to paint them is to start with one color and let it dry so the paint colors don't run or bleed into one another. You can paint the can in a few different ways such as an accurate depiction of the flag with red and white stripes and a blue field of stars, or you can mix it up by painting the can blue all over and adding stars throughout and using red and white ribbons or fabric to create the American flag look. The first step is to paint the can in whatever pattern you choose and set it aside to dry. While it dries, you can start cutting the fabric or ribbons for the bottom of the windsock. Once the can is dry, you will want to place twine at the top so you can hang it. To do this, simply make two holes in the top of the can rim and run the twine through it and tie it at the top. Then go around the bottom edge of the can rim and make holes with a screwdriver and hammer to run the ribbon through. Make sure you either bend back, clip off, or sand down any parts of the metal where it's jagged to avoid cut fingers.

2. Pom Pom Flag

This can be a fun craft to do with little ones and you can hang it up inside for a nice rainy-day craft on a spring day. To create a pom pom flag, you will need poms of red, white, and blue, glue, and a poster board for the backing. While you can use regular glue, a glue gun will offer a better hold if you have one on hand. With the poster board on a flat surface, line up the pom poms for where you want them to create the American flag stripes and blue field. Then start gluing them in place according to your layout. You can even add some craft store stars to the blue field for an added touch of creativity to your final creation!

3. American Flag Wreath

When the weather is nice outside, a wreath can be a great way to welcome spring. Why not do a wreath with patriotic flair? For this craft, you will need a wreath base, a glue gun, and red, white, and blue floral arrangement flowers from the craft store. Using the wreath as the base, play around with flower placement and configuration to get the right mix of red, white, and blue. You can use several different flower types as well from tulips to daisies when creating your wreath. Once you have a layout you like, simply glue the flowers in place to the base of the wreath. Once it's dry, hang it on your front door for a pretty and patriotic spring craft!

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