Wind chimes, while relaxing, can be pricey if you buy them in a store. Using common household items that you might have just ended up throwing away anyway, create your own personalised and inexpensive wind chimes. Hang your homemade wind chime crafts outside to gain attention and compliments from anyone who comes by your home.
Clay Flower Pots
Old chipped or cracked clay pots can become personalised wind chimes to hang on your porch. Wrap wire around four or five large metal washers so it is strong enough to hold the weight of the pot. Paint the miniature clay pots with acrylic paint to reflect your personality. Thread the other end of each metal wire through the drainage hole and wrap it around a wooden dowel rod several times. Wrap duct tape around the metal coil to hold it in place. Create a loop on the wooden dowel rod using a metal coat hanger.
Plastic Milk Jugs
Use empty milk jugs to create unusual and personalised wind chimes. With a craft knife, cut shapes out of the plastic. Poke holes in either end of the plastic shapes and thread metal wire through the holes, using crimping beads to hold them in place. Add beads or shells to the wires for additional decoration. Attach small bells to the bottom of each wire that will make noise as they move in the breeze and collide with each other. Wrap the wires around a wooden dowel rod and create a ring from another piece of wire so you can hang your chime.
Lids of old aluminium soup cans will make environmentally friendly wind chimes. A lid from a large can serves as the main piece for the chimes. Drill small holes around the rim of the can and two additional holes in the centre of the lid. Gather six smaller lids and punch small holes into each rim. Thread metal wire through the hole in the small lid and pinch it in place. Thread the other end of the wire through the larger lid and use a crimping bead to hold the wire. Use another length of wire to form a loop to hang the chime. The breeze will cause the lids to collide.
You can use old or mismatched silverware to create homemade wind chimes as well. Bend the tines of a fork at 110-degree angles in the four cardinal directions. Drill holes with a diamond-tipped bit in the flat metal above the tines, the end of the fork's handle and the handles of four spoons. Thread metal wire through the holes in the spoons and carefully wind each one around a tine of the fork. Drill a hole in the handle of a knife and thread a wire from this hole to the hole in the flat metal of the fork. Create a loop with metal wire through the hole in the handle and hang up your chimes to listen to the melody.
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