Wind chimes and wind spinners offer two great ways of livening up your garden while making use of a natural resource: the wind. They are both easy-to-make crafts that children will enjoy.
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Things you need
- For the Wind Chime:
- 1/2-inch thick steel pipe (60 inches long)
- 1/4-inch thick piece of plywood
- Fishing wire
- Orbital saw
- Strong glue
- One "S" hook
- For the Wind Spinner:
- Two litre plastic bottle
- 3 rolls of coloured electrical tape
- Utility knife
- Tape measure
- Marker pen
- Fishing wire
Clamp the steel pipe into a vice. Cut the pipe into six pieces using an orbital saw. Make the pieces 3, 5, 8, 11, 14 and 15 inches long. The different lengths will create different tones.
Drill a hole half an inch from the end of each metal piece. The hole must go through both sides of the tube.
Clamp the plywood in a vice. Use a jigsaw to cut two circles, one 4 inches in diameter and one 7 inches in diameter, out of plywood.
Measure and mark the centre of the 7-inch circle. Drill two holes, 1/2 inch apart, on either side of the centre point. Use a protractor to mark 20-degree increments around the circle. Drill a hole 1/4 inch from the side of each mark (there should be 12 holes total).
Measure and mark the centre point of the 4-inch circle. Drill two holes, 1/2 inch apart, on both sides of the centre point. Cut an 8-inch piece of fishing wire and thread it through the centre holes in the plywood circles to create a loop. Tie the ends of the loop together at the top of the big circle.
Cut three 5-inch and three 8-inch pieces of fishing wire. Thread a piece of wire through the hole in the top of one of the steel pipes and then through one of the pairs of holes in the large circle. Tie it at the top to create a loop. Repeat for all six steel pieces.
Hang the wind chime by screwing an "S" hook in the centre of the larger circle.
Clean out the bottle and remove the label.
Cut nine 10-inch long pieces of electrical tape (three of each colour). Measure 8 inches down the bottle, from the bottle lid. Mark with a line. At the marked point, wrap a piece of tape around the bottle, making sure the tape ends meet. Wrap a second piece of tape underneath the first. Continue until all the tape pieces are stuck on the bottle. For best results, alternate the colours of tape.
Starting with the top strip of tape, measure and mark off 3/4 inch sections. Draw a straight line vertically down the bottle from each 3/4 inch mark until you reach the end of the taped area. Use a utility knife and cut down each line. For best results, cut only the inner four pieces of tape (leave the top and bottom ones untouched).
Use a pair of pliers to pinch each section of the middle piece of tape into an outward fold. This will make the strips flare out. Take the top strip of tape and fold each segment 45 degrees to the right. Pinch using the pliers. On the bottom strip fold each segment 45 degrees to the left and pinch with the pliers. These angles allow the wind to catch the strips.
Drill two holes in the bottle lid. For best results, make these as far apart from each other as possible. Thread a 6-inch piece of fishing wire through each hole. Tie the ends together to create a loop. This will allow you to hang the wind spinner.
Tips and warnings
- Other materials, such as copper pipe, bamboo and PVC tubing can be used for the wind chime instead of steel pipes.
- When drilling holes for the wind chime use a 3mm drill bit for all of the holes.
- For best results, follow the edge of a ruler when cutting out the strips for the wind spinner.
- Decorate the wind spinner by sticking small circles and triangles of tape on the rest of the bottle.
- The pliers can pinch your fingers; take care when using them.
- Protect your eyes with safety goggles when using the drill and saw.
- Children should be supervised by an adult.
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