Lori Wyer’s WS320 Blog

Art Project

By far, one of my favorite things to do is to sit outside on my patio on a breezy day and listen to the various windchimes I have hanging all around.  I have numerous windchimes: some are store bought, others are made with love by my children.  I absolutely love to listen to the sweet melodies that play around me.  So, for this project, I decided to tap into my own creativity and make a beautiful windchime to add to my collection.  

One benefit to this project is that I don’t have to use any specialized tools to create this work of art.  I simply use my hands and my imagination!  I chose to make my windchime using materials I had readily available around my house.  But I had to think outside of the box to come up with some suitable materials.  I decided to make my windchime using old spoons!  Here is a complete supply list for this project:

  • 5 old spoons
  • fishing line
  • canning jar lid ring
  • small metal washers
  • beads to make it pretty
  • floral tape

Supplies.jpg

I began by cutting a piece of fishing line about 18 inches long and tied it to the handle of the spoon.  I then wrapped floral tape around the line and handle to secure the fishing line.  I then added various beads to the line.  When I had my desired effect, I tied the fishing line to the jar ring, as shown below.  (I wanted to be sure I liked the way it hung and looked before I went any further with the design.)

Single String.jpg

Satisfied with the preliminary results, I then performed the same procedure with the remaining 4 spoons. 

Next, I needed to make “spacer” lines to hang between each spoon line.  I again cut a piece of line about 18 inches long.  These spacer lines also had to have something on them that would ring against the spoons.  For this, I would use metal washers.  I then tied a metal washer to one end of the line.  Next, I strung 3 various beads, followed by a washer, and then repeated this pattern until I had the desired length of line.  I performed the same procedure four more times, as shown below.

Completed Strings.jpg

Once all the lines were assembled, I tied each line to the jar ring.  I then gathered the excess line above the jar ring and tied it to a metal washer.  This is how I will hang my windchime.  The final product is shown below.

Completed Chime.jpgLori Wyer, 2006, Beautiful Music, Wind Chimes

Lori Wyer, 2006, Beautiful Music, Wind ChimesActually, I really did enjoy myself as I was exploring this creative process.  My children were right in the middle of it wanting to help!  This is most definitely a project we can do as a family.  In fact, I had to promise them we’d make one while we are on Spring Break!  It felt really good to get my creative juices flowing.

The most important thing that came out of this project, however, was the reminder to take time out of my hectic schedule and create.  I think we often get so caught up in the “work” part of life that we forget to take time for the “fun” part.  Well, no more!

For some other great ideas for homemade windchimes, explore these sites:

HGTV has some terra cotta pot chimes, as well as sea shell chimes.

About.com has quite a variety of homemade chimes.

AllFreeCrafts.com used measuring cups for a chime.

DIY Network shows how to make a copper pipe windchime, like you’d buy in the stores.

ThriftyFun.com has a silverware chime kind of what I had in mind.  But my design is different.

MakingFriends.com has an adorable chime made out of wrenches.  What a great idea for Father’s Day!!!

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2 Comments »

  1. I adore this and can’t wait to try it! Thank you!

    Comment by Candace Jedrowicz — January 30, 2013 @ 9:24 am

  2. The best tutorial ever, nice and easy and clear to understand. We get a lot of wind here in Cape Town, South Africa. Can’t wait to make this. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Comment by Trish — September 18, 2015 @ 12:37 pm


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