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Windchime: An Easy Do It Yourself Guide

Make Your Own Windchime

It is a fact universally acknowledged that young children like, no LOVE, sticks. If you, like me, have a stick collection meaning your living room resembles a forest you might want to start thinking about a solution. Lets face it, each and every stick is catalogued in your toddlers brain for future reference and tantrums regarding their whereabouts are inevitable, should you attempt to remove them! I reckon, ranking somewhere in the top 10 list of things toddlers love almost as much as sticks, Art/ Crafts/ DIY is pretty high up there. Along with jumping in puddles, spilling blackcurrant and screaming in supermarkets. So, here is my solution: A WINDCHIME!

 

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Tools Required:

  • Saw,
  • Twine,
  • Scissors,
  • Screw Driver,
  • Screws,
  • Eyes,
  • Sticks,

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Method

Firstly, you need to select your sticks, do this any which way you would like, a variety of sizes is desirable. Once you have selected your sticks, saw either end of each one to create straight edges. Remove any unsightly bumps or twigs too!

Next, take your largest/ longest stick and mark up where you’d like to place the eyes. This stick will be used horizontally (we’ll call it the supporting stick) and is where the other sticks will be hanging from, so ensure sufficient spacing! It may be useful at this point to lay all the sticks out to get an idea of layout. Once you are happy, screw the eyes in.

Now decide on a top and bottom of each stick and screw an eye into the top of each stick. (We’ll call these the chimes).

Here you can decide how you would like the windchime to look. Which order you would like the sticks in, how low / high you would like them to hang, whether they should be symmetrical etc. Cut lengths of twine accordingly and tie one end of the twine to an eye in the supporting stick and the other to the eye on one of the chimes.

Repeat until all chimes are attached.

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Well done!

You now have completed the main body of the windchime!

In order to hang, we used a V shaped stick which we screwed to the supporting stick. It is then possible to screw directly through to hang on a fence. (Alternatively, you could create a loop with the twine to hang from a nail / cup hook etc)

If you do not have a V shaped stick and have no desire to seek one out, you could use twine to fashion a hanger. Cut some twine (at least twice the supporting sticks length) and tie to each end of the supporting stick. You can now hang this from a nail / cup hook etc.

Finally, add decorations as desired.

You’re Finished! If you still have an abundance of sticks, might I suggest a bonfire?

Good luck & Happy Crafting!

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15 Comments

  1. ruth cartwright

    Great idea, they have some of these in our local woods and the boys love them #blogstravangaza
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  2. The Tale of Mummyhood

    I love windchimes, this would be a great activity to do with the littles too! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

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  3. Aleena Brown

    This is such a great, and relatively simple idea! We are moving soon to our first home with an ACTUAL garden, so this is definitely on my list of things to make with the kids when we get there! #RV&HT

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  4. Cee Arr

    I guess you could also strip the bark to get different tones from some of the sticks 🙂

    Cute idea!

    #RVHT
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  5. pam lorimer

    This i brilliant and dedinitely something I could make as we have a 3yo boy obsessed with sticks! Great post thanks #TriumphantTales

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  6. Sam - StressyMama

    Oooh I love this idea. I will definitely be giving it a go #TriumphantTales

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  7. chickenruby

    lovely idea, love your attitude to spare sticks #triumphanttales

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  8. Pen

    Excellent. I love the idea. I have too many sticks in my flat. I have started taking them outside each evening once Cygnet goes to bed but he only brings them back in again. Pen x #RV&HT
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  9. Fiona

    We have a big one of these as a musical instrument. Made much the same way though #BloggerclubUK

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  10. Susie/So Happy In Town

    What a wonderful idea. My kids will love trying this in half term. #stayclassymama

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  11. Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum)

    This is incredibly amazing! I love craft stuff but I’m not very handy with tools. This seems like something I could probably do without ruining it! Absolutely love it!

    #RVHT

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  12. Jaki

    This is a great idea. I wish I was more crafty -it’s something I’ve never been particularly brilliant at! Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales – hope to see you again on Tuesday!

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  13. Pat - white camellias

    This isn’t lovely and I love it that it’s made with sticks (we have plenty around as my kids like to collect them) Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

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  14. Hannah Jane

    What a wonderful DIY, must give this a go with my girls, my eldest especially would love this! Thank you for sharing with the #bigpinklink x

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