DIY FILE: Wind chime whimsy 0
Wind chimes - the dreamcatcher for adults - are whimsical accessories, perfectly suited for the individual wishing to delight in every one of summer's sweet warm breezes.
So scour the second-hand stores for people's cutlery castoffs and hand pick your favourite glass beads, because with this thrifty project from Winnipeg's Leigh-Ann Keffer of Freckled Nest Design, these are really all the materials you'll need.
What you need:
- silver spoons and forks ($1 to $10 at thrift stores)
- fishing line (from $4)
- glass beads (start at 10 cents per bead)
- drill (with tiny drill bit)
- nail file
1. Drill holes in the handle ends of assorted cutlery. Use a nail file to sand down holes so sharp edges don't cut the fishing line while it's hanging.
2. Thread fishing line through holes, knot and string on beads.
3. Repeat for dangling cutlery. Make sure to leave enough line to hang it from the fork.
4. Use pliers to twist the fork's tines out 90 degrees in each direction.
5. Carefully twist the ends of the tines into little curls (these will serve as hooks later). Drill a hole into the middle of the fork, just above the prongs so you can also hang a piece from the centre.
6. Hang finished beaded cutlery from fork by threading fishing line through twisted curls in the fork's prongs and the fork's base. Line up your danglers before you knot them and make sure the centre piece is the longest. This piece can also take extra decoration.
For knots built to last, check out Leigh-Ann Keffer's full tutorial here.
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