And what says outdoor relaxing more than the sounds of a wind chime?!
In parts of Asia, wind chimes are thought to be good luck and are used in Feng Shui. Wind chimes "were considered religious objects that were believed to attract kind spirits and drive away evil ones. The Buddhists especially revered wind bells and hung them by the hundreds from the eaves of shrines, pagodas, temples, and in caves." Wind chimes are generally made from metal or wooden tubes, seashells, bamboo, or pieces of pottery, that hang from a central support and create "music" when the wind blows past.
We are going to make a recycled wind chime from items you can find any where.
Here is what you will need:
1/16 drill bit for metal
fishing line (we used 30lb)
hot glue gun
nail (not pictured)
pliers (not pictured)
8 Spoons, washers, or other misc metal objects
CD or DVD
First cut 12 pieces of fishing line just over 12 inches in length, and set them aside for a moment.
We are going to use the spoon part of the spoon for this project. (We also used some misc washers, and you can easily use the handle of the spoon too.)
Now break all 8 spoons where the handle meets the spoon. This worked best by holding the spoon part with a pair of pliers and bending the handle back and fourth until it snaps off.
Now with the drill, drill a small hole at the top of the spoon. (A little side note. The 1/16 drill bit is really thin, take your time drilling the holes. To much pressure and the drill bit will snap in half. We learned this quickly.)
Tie a knot a the end. As you add each spoon you can vary the length or keep the spoons all the same length. (In the last pictures you will see we staggered each spoon, and the chime with the washers we keep them all at the same length.)
Once you have the fishing line tied in a knot, (and it is the length you want) hot glue the knot to the CD, just to give it some added strength. Repeat with the rest of the spoons.