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There’s nothing more relaxing than the sound of a wind chime – why not get creative and make your own?
Create a wind chime that reminds you of fabulous holidays to tropical destinations with seashells and bits of driftwood. You’ll need to be gentle when poking or drilling holes in the shells and wood, to prevent them from shattering, then you can string them up with a neutral-coloured cord, like Creativ Maize String, for a charmingly rustic result.
Not only is it lovely to look at and listen to, but an upcycled wind chime is also an eco-friendly way to get crafting. Gather up old tin cans, CDs and the like, and get the family involved decorating them with colourful paints and pens, such as Deco Art Americana Acrylics. It’s a fun event for everyone! Then, once you’re done, just string them up and you’re all set.
Turn old keys, padlocks, jewellery and even cutlery into a charmingly unique vintage wind chime. It’s a wonderful way to preserve memories while creating something new at the same time. A strong cord, like Korbond Round Cord Elastic, will ensure that all of the metal pieces are attached securely while still allowing some give in the breeze.
If you string up several rows of chains, you can create a striking industrial-looking wind chime. But by painting certain parts of each chain, you can create a clever art piece once all are aligned. One way to do so is to lay the chains flat on newspapers, cut out a shape from a piece of card, and lay that template on top of the chains. Then use a pretty spray paint like Montana Spray Paint to colour the shape on top of the chains.
You can create pretty coloured disks by carefully melting down plastic items, like old disposable drinking cups. Be sure to do your research, and take the project outside or to a well-ventilated room – a barbeque is particularly handy. Once done, drill small holes and string them up with bead chains, such as TotallyBeads 4mm Faceted Crystal Beads, for a lovely project that’s both a wind chime and sun catcher.