Whooooo, hoooooo Spring is in the air. My favorite season. While everyone in the North is busy carving pumpkins and making gorgeous wreaths, we’re doing the happy dance over here because the most beautiful season of all has finally arrived. That means it’s time to start making some magic in the garden. One of the first things we did was re-purpose an old jelly mold to make this wind chime.
Isn’t it cool? We hung weird, curly spoons and wire-wrapped glass beads under the repurposed jelly mold and they make the most delicious tinkling sound in the wind.
The jelly mold has been lying in our craft cupboard for a while now. Well, I think it’s a jelly mold or something like that. It gets used in a kitchen somehow 😀 Anyhows, since cooking isn’t something I do well, I definitely wasn’t going to use it for whatever purpose it was intended for.
Have a look in your craft cupboard (or kitchen 😉 ) and see what you can reuse. All righty, before I show you how we made this repurposed wind chime, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!
How to Make a Wind Chime from Odd Bits
To make a repurposed wind chime, all you need are some
clanking tinkling bits and a base to hang them from. In my case, I used spoons, buckets, and glass pebbles for the hanging tinkling bits and that jelly mold for the base. First up, I needed to figure out a way to hang the glass pebbles and spoons. Since I have a whole bunch of jewelry wire I figured I’d make a wire cage for the pebbles and do something similar for the spoons.
How to Make a Wire Bead or Pebble Cage
To make the wire cage, you need some jewelry wire, flat nose pliers, and wire cutters. Cut the wire into 25 cm pieces. Use the flat nose pliers to make a small loop at one end of the wire.
Put the loop inside the flat nose pliers and then coil the wire as you turn it.
You should end up with a tightly coiled circle that’s large enough to cover one end of the bead. Do the same on the other side making a coil in the opposite direction.
Take the two coils and bend them towards each other. Insert the bead and then squish the wire around the bead, straightening as you work until it covers the bead nicely.
Your wire cage should look something like the piccy below once done.
Hanging The Spoons
When it came to hanging the spoons, I considered drilling a small hole in the handle. Unfortunately, the drill bit just went all over the place, and since I already had my jewelry wire handy it was just easier to use that. To wrap the spoons and get them ready to be hung, cut a piece of wire and make a small loop on one end.
Place the loop on the back of the spoon handle facing upwards, and wind or wrap the wire around the handle.
Make sure to wrap the wire from the bottom up towards the top.
Once the wire has been wrapped around the handle a few times, cut any excess away and tuck the cut end into the wrapped wires as shown below.
Prepping the buckets for hanging
The little buckets were the easiest to get ready for the wind chime. All I needed to do was drill a small hole in the bottom center of each one.
Pro Tip: Use a little tape to stop the drill bit from slipping.
Hanging the spoons, glass pebbles and buckets on the wind chime
To hang the pebbles, spoons, and buckets I used fishing line. Drill small equally spaced holes around the rim of the jelly mold (or whatever you’re using as a base). Tie some fishing line around a pin before threading the fishing line through the hole.
The pin helps anchor the fishing line on top of the mold. Add the caged pebbles and spoons but tieing the fishing line onto the jewelry wire. When making a wind chime it’s always a good idea to stagger the tinkling bits so they can bump into each other when the wind blows.
I absolutely love how it turned out. Those weird little spoons add a touch of drama and whimsy.
And the slightest breeze makes the caged pebbles twirl and dance in the wind.
What do you think?
Would you use kitchen stuff to make a wind chime?
How do you celebrate the changing seasons?
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