Friday, September 25, 2009

Wind chimes, wind chimes & more wind chimes

Lil' Mermaid's finished windchime

This was the summer of wind chime making! And these were some easy and musical projects.

First we started out with the wind chime that Hot Rod made for his Papa for Father's Day.

S working on his Father's Day gift

This one was definitely the easiest and Hot Rod put it together while my back was turned. It was that fast to make. Then he made one for Grandpa W. I think it's kinda cool and industrial working. AND it makes THE coolest sound when the washers dribble down. It sounds like a tinkly rain stick. I wish I could say this wind chime idea was totally ours - but we got it from our favorite family magazine - FamilyFun.

Washer chimes in slow motion

We were so excited with making wind chimes that when I saw this idea from the Lulu Bird, via Crafty Crow, I knew that we had another wind chime we had to put on our summer crafting list. As we got closer to our County Fair, Lil' Mermaid and I thought this would make a good project for the recycled art class.

She painted my old clothespins:

Peelu's painted clothespins..

Then she and her father came up with the idea of adding beads while she was stringing them up (cause lord knows we have a LOT of beads in this house!):

Stringing her clothespins and beads together

Putting the wind chime together

Her father helped her drill holes through the heads of the clothespins instead of just tying the fishing line around the head. Lil' Mermaid found an old sink drainer that Ross had in the garage and that became the "crux" of the wind chime that she tied the fishing line to....and voila....a very pretty, softly tinkling wind chime.

Cutie patootie with her wind chime

And then we have our final summer wind chime that we designed ourselves. Or I should say that it was Hot Rod's design because it was his project for the recycled art class at our County Fair this past summer. And he is nothing if not opinionated about any arts & craft project that he takes on...

Hot Rod's Finished Silverware Wind Chime

First we hit the local thrift store for some inexpensive silverware and also found this old wire candle sconce, sans glass holder, and then we raided Ross' tackle box for more fishing line.

The pieces of Hot Rods wind chime

Oops, I almost forgot - Hot Rod spent a while hammering his silverware flat. I am not sure that this was really necessary, but it was manly pounding that Hot Rod and Ross thought was cool and important to do first. :-)

Getting those forks flat
Hot Rod working on pounding his silverware

Ross also helped Hot Rod drill through the handles of the silverware with proper safety glasses and a special drill bit. Then he started tying the fishing line to each piece of silverware. Working with fishing line and small children is a bit of a tangle - literally and figuratively - go in with LOTS of patience and much assisting!

Stringing the silverware

Then, Hot Rod started attaching the silverware to the sconce and trimmed the long tails of fishing line left over. You could really use anything for the "crux" of this wind chime. It would be cool to make more with different, recycled "cruxes" each time.

Finishing up his wind chime

And here we have it: an inexpensive, clanging, metallic sounding wind chime that would make a great gift and a great addition to the backyard!

Hot Rod with his silverware wind chime

And here's a quick shot of both wind chimes at our County Fair:

S & R's Recycled WInd Chimes

Fun, easy and they all make beautiful music. WE LOVE WIND CHIMES!!!


  1. I love this blog, I am getting so many ideas that I can even do.


  2. oh, i am so happy to see the wonderful clothespin windchime you created based on my post! i love the addition of the beads, and she looks so proud of it! how great...
    -lizzie (the lulu bird)

  3. Oh wow, thanks so much Lizzie!

  4. Very cool ideas.

    Thinking outside of the box is the best way to take a long walk on a short pier.

    I am a metal teacher up in Northern Alberta and we are making wind chimes too.

    Thaks for the ideas.

  5. good day i love this ! so much impressive even kids can do wind chimes . well i guess they love the nature . i hope there's a post that its all about wind spinners i hope to hear from you ..