To make your chime, you’ll need scissors, along with:
- Chimes: Gather five to seven pieces of flatware — the more mismatched, the more personality your chime will have. Just be sure to have at least one longer, larger piece (think a spoon, small whisk or tongs) to act as a pendulum. Use utensils as-is for a natural feel, or dip them in paint them for a brighter look.
- Hanger: A colander’s existing holes make it easy to attach chimes, but other kitchen extras work just as well. Try a box grater, an old-fashioned eggbeater (with handle facing up) or a large whisk (facing down).
Tip: Even a fork (facing down) can be a hanger. Simply bend the prongs/tines in different directions with needle-nosed pliers.
- Cord: Fishing line is weatherproof and invisible from only a few feet away, but there’s something to be said about the rustic charm of garden twine, too. Thread on beads or charms to add a pop of color and catch the sunlight as your wind chime sways.
- Loop a piece of cord around each handle of the hanger and tie securely. Cut off excess with scissors
- Tie all the chimes to your hanger, starting with a spoon in the center to act as the pendulum, and spacing out evenly. For the best tinkling sound, flatware should hang vertically
- Knot another piece of cord to the top of your wind chime, in the center, then hang from a tree, porch or other garden spot
Do you have any interesting wind chimes? Share them in the comments section below!