Like lots of people, I assume, I have a love/hate relationship with wind chimes. Until recently, I didn’t have any in my yard so whenever I would hear them, I would relax and think, “ahhhhhh, wind chimes…”
Isn’t that what everyone thinks when they first come across wind chimes??
Then, after a little while, I’d think, “…it’s really not that breezy, I wonder why the wind chimes are making so much noise?”
Fast forward to a few minutes later and I’m starting to get mad. “I KNOW it’s windy…I don’t need your little chimes to tell me so!”
I find myself bracing myself as soon as I feel the breeze start to blow. Let the ringing, dinging noise fest begin! It would be at this point that I would swear that I would never own a set of wind chimes of my own.
That is, until my daughter brought home a set of wind chimes that she’d made at Girl Scout camp. Using only an empty can, fishing wire, a few spoons, a key, and some beads, she and her Girl Scout friends were able to make adorable wind chimes that WON’T drive you insane. They’re much quieter than traditional wind chimes, and because of the way hers are spaced out, it takes more than a gentle breeze to get them going.
Then, she added a bit of Washi tape around the top to give it a little more interest. Had she not run out, she probably would have done the same to the bottom of the can, too.
A grown up will be needed to drill holes in the ends of the spoons and also in the bottom of the can, but other than that, this project is completely kid friendly.
The holes need to be evenly spaced around the bottom of the can that you’re using.
So, there you go! A simple craft that your kids will enjoy making. This is perfect for a summer day when everyone’s bored, or even for a craft at a birthday party…it’s so inexpensive, you can make a lot of them for very little money.