September 21, 2019

Celebrate Israel With a Festive Windsock

In the spirit of this weekend’s Celebrate Israel Festival, here’s a project that will keep you commemorating Israel’s independence throughout the spring and summer. This windsock made from an empty oatmeal container adds a colorful touch to your outdoor décor as it dances in the breezes. And it’s a great excuse to eat more oatmeal.

What you’ll need:
Empty oatmeal container
Decorative paper


1. Cut out the bottom of an empty oatmeal container with scissors. It’s easiest to punch a hole in the center first, and then cut around in a spiral until you get to the edges.


2. Cover the outside of the container with decorative paper, securing it with tape. I used wrapping paper I found at the Container Store, but you can use any paper that is primarily blue.


3. Cut various lengths of ribbon and glue them to the bottom of the container. Position them on the inside of the windsock so the ends remain hidden. They act like the tails of a kite. 


4. Poke two holes opposite each other at the top of the windsock. Thread a piece of string through the holes to make a hanging loop.

Jonathan Fong is the author of “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at