Maggie's husband has been after us to make a wind chime for awhile now, but so many of the recycled ones looked a little too recycled. We were looking for something that was not only recycled but looked and sounded pretty, too. And as usual, we found inspiration in food. Having made a vat of pasta sauce, Maggie had a large collection of cans left over. We decided that their tops and bottoms would make the perfect wind chimes!
What you need:
- the top and bottom from 1 large can
- the tops and bottoms from 6 small cans
- permanent marker
- glue gun
Next, make 12 evenly spaced marks near the outer edge of one of the large circles, leaving a little space between them and the edge. These will be where you hang each of your finished chimes. Make four more marks on the big lid (in the space between the 12 marks and the edge) , one on the top, bottom, and each side. These will be used to hang your wind chime. On the second lid, make the same four marks you just made on the first circle. They must line up with the four marks on the first large circle! This second large circle will be used to cover the holes and knots that you'll have on the first circle (this will make more sense later, we promise). Once all your marks are made, hammer holes into all of them.
At this point , you can paint your circles any color you want. We chose white!
Now it's time to assemble your wind chime. Using your monofilament, tie a knot onto one of the small circles, and then attach it with another knot to the large circle with the 12 holes. Continue this until all your circles are attached. We made each circle hang a little lower than the one before it, creating a spiral.
Now fire up your glue gun! Add some hot glue to the top of the large circle and place your second large circle (the one with only 4 holes on it), being careful to line them up. Then thread more monofilament those four sets of holes to create a hanger for your wind chimes.
Now just hang up your chimes and enjoy the sweet sound of recycling!
Happy Earth Day! And stay tuned to see what we did with the other parts of the tin cans!