DIY: Wind Chime

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So with the 4th of July approaching I wanted to do a fun patriotic themed craft with the kiddos. I’ve been saving vegetable cans for a while and thought that this would be a great time to use them. I remembered that a few weeks ago I saw a pin on Pinterest where old soup/vegetable cans were used to create a wind chime. What an awesome idea, unfortunately I didn’t repin it…ugh! So I decided to search Pinterest in hopes to find it and of course I found several. I swear Pinterest never disappoints. So after reading through several crafters post on DIY wind chimes I decided to pull out my fav tips and wing it. Check out what the kiddos and I came up with…

Materials used:

  • Soup/vegetable cans (labels removed, cleaned and dried)
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Stickers, glitter, etc. used to decorate the cans
  • Ribbon
  • 2 wire hangers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Nuts and bolts (to add variation in the sound of each can)
  • Hammer & nail (to poke holes in the top of the can)
Spray painting the cans red, white and blue.

Spray painting the cans red, white and blue.

Hammering a hole in the top of each can.

Hammering a hole in the top of each can.

Close up of the hole.

Close up of the hole.

The oldest getting creative.

The oldest getting creative.

My youngest decided that he wanted to paint his blue can with blue paint...lol

My youngest decided that he wanted to paint his blue can with blue paint…lol

The middle son adding on the details.

The middle son adding on the details.

I decided to use a two wire hangers to create the top portion of the wind chime. However, I did seen on Pinterest where someone used an old crochet loom and someone else used the top of an old lamp. I suggest that you get creative with this portion too…

The first hanger was fashioned into a circle.

The first hanger was fashioned into a circle.

Close up of the closure.

Close up of the closure.

I decided to wrap the hanger with ribbon.

I decided to wrap the hanger with ribbon.

The top portion of the wind chime completely wrapped.

The top portion of the wind chime completely wrapped.

After the kiddos decorated theirs cans, I sprayed them with a clear protective gloss in hopes to protect the wind chime from the outside elements. I also added ribbon and washers/bolts inside each can.

I used a "washer" at the end of the ribbon inside the can.

I used a “washer” at the end of the ribbon inside the can.

The finished cans.

The finished cans.

I simply tied each can to the top portion of the wind chime and hung it outside.

Our Patriotic Wind Chime.

Our Patriotic Wind Chime.

The boys love it and I do to! Now if the wind would just blow…lol!

What fun things are you doing for the 4th of July?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Home Seasons
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 17:18:59

    Love this idea for 4th of July! Love that the kids can have fun decorating it too :) Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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