DIY Windchimes

Several weeks ago, my parents came to visit. They helped me set up some plants on my patio. I tried this last summer without much success. Both of my parents are great at cultivating a garden! I was excited to have their. Being the crafty person I am, I knew I could contribute something to the project. I decided my patio needed a little more color and movement, so I made some wind chimes. Honestly, I don’t get even of a breeze to make them chime, but they still make me smile. And this was a pretty simple project. 

Here’s what you will need:
5 pieces of twine about 40in long. You may end up with some extra, but that will be better coming up short in the end.
5 shell pieces
assortment of beads
stick or dowel about 20in long
strong liquid glue like Glossy Accents or E6000
Optional- Drill and small drill bit (mine was 3/32 size)

Here’s how to make it:

1) On each of the five strands: String 2-3 small beads, then a shell bead, then string with additional beads until you have about 16in in length of beading. Tie a knot at the end. You can make each strand vary in length like I did or make them all the same length. It’s really up to you.

2) Using a drill, drill five small holes equal distance apart long your stick. If you are not using a drill, tie your strands around the stick at an equal distance. 

3) Bring all five strands to the center and tie together. Twist them a little and make a loop to hang it with. Bring the strands back to the first knot and knot again. Apply some glue to secure it in place. Allow it some time to dry based on the directions for the glue. Cut away any extra pieces of twine.

4) Hang and ENJOY! 

This is a great project to use up those random beads leftover from other projects!

I hope you give this a try! If you do, please tell us about it in the comments!