Test the Wind with a Ladybug Windsock

Ladybug windsock

Here’s an easy-to-make windsock you can hang out to play on an extra-breezy day!

What You Need

  • Empty round oatmeal container
  • Black and red craft foam
  • Glue
  • 2 extra large googly eyes
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbons – around 8, each a few feet long
  • Scissors
  • String or elastic cord

What You Do

  1. Prepare an oatmeal container
    Remove the lid and bottom from the oatmeal container.
    Cut a piece of black craft foam large enough to cover the outside of the container. Wrap it around the container and glue it in place.
  2. Make the ladybug wings
    Cut a 9″ circle from the red craft foam. Cut the circle in half and glue each piece to the container, as shown. Cut small black craft-foam circles and glue on to make spots.
  3. Make the ladybug head
    Cut a half-circle from black craft foam about 4″ wide and glue it to the top of the container, as shown. Glue on the wiggle eyes.
  4. Decorate with ribbons
    Cut the ribbon into strips about 24″ long and glue them inside the bottom end of the container.
  5. Hang up your windsock
    Punch four evenly spaced holes around the top of the container. At each hole, thread and knot a piece of string or elastic cord. Then tie the loose ends together in a knot at the top.

    Craft by Michele Reyzer. Originally appeared in the May 2007 issue of Ranger Rick magazine.

    Ladybug windsock