Patriotic Can Clunkers

The 4th of July is just a month away...so we are loving all things red, white and blue.
After seeing some way cool recycled can wind socks and wind chimes on Pinterest (here and here), we were inspired to make some patriotic chimes (clunkers) to hang in our backyard.  Here is how we made ours: 

First, gather these materials:
Cans (different sizes)
White primer (gesso is my go to)
Red, white and blue acrylic paint
Blue Sharpie
White string
Hammer & nail

Step One
Prime your cans white and set aside to dry.

Step Two
Paint cans as desired. We added stars, stripes and added a portion of the Star Spangled Banner to one using a blue sharpie.

Step Three
When the cans are dry, seal them with mod podge or whatever sealer you have.

Step Four
Using your hammer and nail, poke holes through cans and string them together. Sorry, I don't have pictures of this step - my little guy kept trying to steal my hammer (multi-tasking was not an option).

There is something silly about the sound of the cans hitting each other. Kinda get the mixed vibe of a “just married” couple driving off with cans attached to their car and a windy scene in the movie, Twister. Clunk-it-y, clunk, clunk.

So there you have it.  Save your cans and make some wind clunkers. :)

I am sharing this project and getting super inspired over at:

30 Handmade Days
Tatertots & Jello
Six Sisters' Stuff
Itsy Bitsy Paper


  1. What a fun idea! My kids have been wanting to craft for the 4th of July. This would be just perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you...go for it! :) THANK YOU for stopping by! :)

      Krista @ mk inspired

  2. What a great project idea! I hope you will link up to my Patriotic Project Parade.


    1. Thanks, Lindy! I linked up! :)

      Krista @ mk inspired

  3. Adorable! I love it! Thanks for sharing your awesome idea!

    1. Hi! Thanks so much and thank you for stopping by! :)

      Krista @ mk inspired

  4. Would be great for a wedding too! Done in "their" colors or hearts, XOX, kiss kiss,
    all kinds of fun stuff!