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'Natural Summer Solutions, Tips & Fun' - Upcycled Wind Chimes

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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.

  

Materials needed:

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

Beads (optional)

Hot glue gun or glue (if hanging outside be sure the glue can withstand the elements)

Directions: 

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 on Jun. 27, 2013 at 8:19 AM
Replies (21-30):
mamavalor
by on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

We never made one either.  Looks fun but knowing my kids they wouldn't want to mess up any of their untesils to make one.

pinkcsmtlgy
by Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I love wind chimes but I never made one. Maybe this year I will.

la_bella_vita
by Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

 No, I've never made a wind chime but I bet my daughter would love too!

rachelrothchild
by Silver Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM

That looks cool, but I doubt I have time to make that.  We already have a wind chime too.

cabrandy03
by Brandy on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

I've never made windchimes but I'm sure dd would love this idea.

lovinmyboys...
by Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM
Nah, looks junky.
Rosamaria101
by on Jun. 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM
Im so gonna do this!!!
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jaylyndenae
by Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I'm not really a fan of the pipe cleaners...but we have a bunch of sea glass that we collected and started drilling holes in. I'm going to make some type of chimey thing out of them.

jellyphish
by Platinum Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM
Fun! I just might try that!
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youngmom16
by on Jun. 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM
Never made one, this is a neat idea but I agree with a pp, not with silverware.
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