Today's activity is upcycled wind chimes.
The soft, gentle sound that comes from a wind chime can be very relaxing. Today we'll teach you how to make one with common household supplies.
Silver utensils (I used forks and knives)
A fork or branch (make sure it can hold a little weight) to hang utensils from
Pipe cleaners, wire or heavy string
Hot glue gun or glue (if hanging outside be sure the glue can withstand the elements)
If using a fork as the hanger for this, you'll want to bend the tines as shown in photo above.
Wrap pipe cleaner, wire or string around the top of the utensil that will hang from the fork or branch several times making sure it is tight. Put a small amount of glue on the utensil where the piper cleaner wraps around.
Add beads where you'd like. Wrap pipe cleaner around fork tine or branch, add a small amount of glue to keep it from slipping.
Repeat this process for each utensil until all tines have a utensil hanging from it or you have as many as you'd like hanging from the branch.
Is this something you would try with your kids? Have you ever made a wind chime?
by JoJoBean8June 27, 2013 at 8:31 AM
We made one of those last year. DD loved it.
by jsbuckJune 27, 2013 at 8:32 AM
Cute idea. We love windchimes, but have never made any.
by BrieshonJune 27, 2013 at 8:47 AMMaybe.. My husband loves wind chimes,but the metal ones grate on my nerves! I like the quieter wooden ones ok. :)
June 27, 2013 at 8:48 AMWe have never made wind chimes but we've made ice chimes in the winter lol! We put water in pie plates and swirl it with food coloring, place a sturdy piece of string in the water (form a loop for hanging) and then freeze. Once frozen, hang from porch.
by Jenn8604June 27, 2013 at 8:48 AMToo bad I don't have anywhere to put it. the awning over the front door is out the door would hit it and knock it down and we have no trees.
by sj3starzJune 27, 2013 at 9:36 AMI don't think I'd use silverware. Maybe the key idea that someone else posted though. :-)
by bmw29June 27, 2013 at 9:44 AMI'm not a huge fan of metal wind chimes so I probably won't be doing this one. We do have 2 on the porch though. One is bamboo and one is carved from a coconut.
by smileydawnJune 27, 2013 at 9:50 AMI'm with a pp I don't like metal wind chimes. I love wooden woods. Maybe we'll try to make a wooden one instead.