How to make a wind chime with Lindsay Perry
There’s nothing better than trying to revamp your favorite old beach pants and severely butchering them.. This not being my first time, I decided to get crafty with my remnants. Now that spring/summer is upon us here in Florida, I’ve been doing some redecorating to the outside of my little beach house to enjoy my time outdoors while I’m home. Here’s a DIY guide to making a mixed medium wind chime with all those mismatch pieces you’ve got layin’ around ;) Enjoy!
What You'll Need (see above):
This can literally be anything you want. From seashells, to sea-glass, old charms, necklaces, etc. I chose to use some super vintage Newfoundland sea-glass I found on my last trip, my favorite Billabong beach pants and some old jewelry. I acquired the wood from a burn pile at my neighbors.. (you can find this anywhere outdoors.. just make sure there are no bugs in it!!) You’ll need a drill or screw driver, pliers, scissors (to cut your fabric and hanging chord with).. hemp or any sort of rope you can find, 2 screws and some small nails or tacks (you can get little picture frame hanging kits at any DIY store. This will have all the hardware you need). Also, jewelry eyelets (this is optional but I recommend them for securely hanging your charm pieces)
Anything looks good with sea glass.
Grab some old necklaces!
Don't forget the twine.
First thing I did was drill two small holes into the wood, fed my doubled-up hemp through the hole and drove a screw through it to make sure it was secure and would hold weight.
Now for the fun part! I gathered up a few charms from my jewelry box & with my needle-nose pliers, I looped the eyelets through and attached them to some thin necklace chain I found. With the small tacks, I attached the chain and pushed them through the wood, in various places. I chose to create a bit of depth by placing some of the pieces up front and some in the back, all while keeping symmetry on both sides.
Wrapping sea-glass can get a bit tricky, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Everything sea-glass looks so beautiful — After you wrap them, be sure and attach an eyelet to the wire so you can hang them off of your chain or wherever you decide.
Next, I took my fabric and cut strips about an inch and a half wide, by a foot or so long. I like the tattered look they already had from wear and tear. With the same method as the beaded chains, I attached them to the tacks and pushed them through the wood, once again.
As I mentioned before, you can be creative in any shape or form with this. There is no wrong way to do it! You could do an ombre dye to your fabric pieces, attach feathers, even a dream catcher! The options are endless. These make for great gifts or just decoration for those summer evenings on the porch!
Pretty simple addition.
Happy crafting!! xoLindsay