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Summer camp-inspired crafts for kids: Tin can wind chime

You can have summer camp-inspired fun right in your own back yard! Keep kids entertained this summer with this easy outdoor wind chime craft!

Tin can wind chime

What you’ll need:

  • empty tin cans
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • hammer
  • large nail
  • string
  • scissors

What you’ll do:

  1. Remove any labels from the cans and thoroughly wash and dry them.
  2. Paint each can a different color. Once the first coat of paint dries, apply a second coat.
  3. Carefully hammer a large nail into the bottom of the cans to make a hole for hanging.
  4. Cut a 2-foot length of string for each tin can.
  5. Feed the string through the hole in the bottom of the can and tie a knot in the inside to keep it in place. Repeat for all of the cans.
  6. Gather all of the strings so that the tin cans hang in a bundle. Vary the height of the cans, but make sure they all touch so that they will make noise in the wind.
  7. Tie the strings around the branch of a tree outside.
Image credit: Amy Vowles

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Dream catcher necklace
DIY God’s eye
Beaded friendship bracelets

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