Everybody loves the playful sound of wind chimes. It’s a reminder to stop and soak in the moment. Here we illustrate how to make wind chimes that create an ocean-themed one. Instead of seashells wind chimes, play with elements like junk jewellery, odd toys, feathers, etc. Similarly replace the embroidery hoop base with objects like a tree branch or a CD.
- Seashells (more than required to account for ones lost in breakage)
- Glass beads (or trinkets that can be strung)
- Embroidery hoop
- Twine or elastic or wool
- Paint and paintbrush or Washi tape (optional)
- Hand drill
The biggest challenge is drilling the seashells without breaking them. TIP: Place the shells on an empty cardboard box. This will give you some buffer space to drill into, without worrying about hitting the work surface beneath.
The embroidery hoop is the base, so make sure it’s sturdy. Figure out how many danglers will fit along the circumference and drill holes accordingly. If you don’t like the raw wood look, clad the hoop in Washi tape or paint. Use a pencil to gently unblock the holes drilled earlier.
Prepare individual danglers by stringing the shells and trinkets, securing each one in place with a knot at either end of the object. Ensure there is additional string at the top end, to tie it all together.
Similarly, fasten the danglers to the embroidery hoop. Bring the top ends together (like a tented structure) and tie a neat knot, along with a ring for easy hanging.