How to Make a Fish Wind Sock

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How to Make a Fish Wind Sock
Paint your fish wind sock in your favourite colours. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Wind socks in the shape of fish are part of the Japanese holiday Kodomo-no-Chi, or Children's Day, on May 5. The wind socks are often attached to the end of a stick for carrying and holding up to catch a breeze. You can make your own fish wind sock with no sewing required. Look for photos of fish wind socks to help you create the shape; it's simple enough that you don't need a pattern or template.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Light nylon fabric
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Plastic coffee can lid (4-inch diameter)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • String
  • Dowel
  • Hot glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fold a 24-by-24-inch piece of nylon in half. Make a mark 4 1/2 inches up from the fold on one end; this will be the mouth. Draw the back of the fish from the mark to the opposite end.

  2. 2

    Draw a "V" shape for a tail on the side of the folded fabric opposite from the mouth. Leave the folded edge alone; it will become the fish's stomach.

  3. 3

    Cut the folded nylon along the lines. Glue the top edge with fabric glue and allow it to dry. Leave the tail open.

  4. 4

    Make a slit in the middle of the plastic coffee can lid. With scissors, cut out the middle of the lid so only the round edge is left.

  5. 5

    Slide the plastic ring over the mouth opening. Fold the fabric around the ring and glue it down. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  6. 6

    Pull the fish body through the hoop so the glued seam is on the inside.

  7. 7

    Paint the fish eyes and scales as desired with acrylic paints, and glue ribbons to the fish's tail.

  8. 8

    Punch a hole on each side of the fish mouth. Tie two 18-inch pieces of string through the holes. Tie the ends of the string to a dowel for hanging. Use hot glue to keep the knot in place on the dowel, if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Hang your fish wind sock from a tree or on your front porch, or use it as an indoor decoration.
  • Use different-sized plastic lids, such as margarine tub or yoghurt lids, to make different-sized fish.
  • The wind sock can become damaged by the weather if you leave it outdoors for a long period of time.

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