Monday, April 11, 2011

Sea Shell Wind Chime


Today I will be doing a post on something other than food. Just recently I made a sea shell wind chime out of some shells that I have collected over the years. Some of the shells I found at various beaches and I bought the more exotic ones at the store. Well i would always see sea shell wind chimes come in to the store I work at. I always thought they were nice, but I didn't want to pay a lot for something like that, especially if I could make it myself. And it turns out that is was actually very easy to make. The one thing that took a lot of time was drilling all the holes in each of the shells, but once you get past that step it takes no time at all to make it. After it is all put together you end up with a one of a kind custom made sea shell wind chime, which sounds very pretty when a breeze goes by. Now if my directions make no sense at all then I apologize. I tried to describe it the best way I could. If anyone ever has any questions on this or anything else I ever make feel free to ask away. Enjoy


Sea Shell Wind Chime


Various sea shells

Transparent plastic string/fishing line

Clear sea beads

1 wooden circle plaque

1 key ring


Drill holes in the tops of all the shells. Also drill a hole in the middle of the wooden plaque as well as three holes evenly around the edge. Cut a long piece of string and tie a knot at the end around a sea bead. String a shell on to the strand letting it rest on the bead. Leave about a 1-inch space from the shell and tie another knot on the string with a bead and the string down the next bead. Repeat until you have all four strands made. End each strand with a knotted sea bead to help support the wood plaque. String the strands through the wooden plaque and then tie all the strands around a key ring. Cut off excess stings and then hang it up some where nice.


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8 comments:

  1. Crazy! I had the idea to make one of these today, with a bag of shells that have literally been in a shopping bag under the seat of my car since last August (took this long to figure out the use lol!) and googling ideas turned up yours...from this morning! I'm tucking it away and will link back once I finish mine, yours is fantastic.

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  2. That's a brilliant idea, every time I go to a beach I normally pick up a few sea shells and now I've got quite a collection. I think I'll borrow your idea and make a wind chime out of them, I think it'll look really nice. Thanks for the idea!

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  3. what kind of drill did you use that didn't break the shells??

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  4. I used a regular hand drill with a 1/16 bit. A couple of shells broke in the process. I found if I went slow they didn't break.

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  5. Hi Brandy Where can ou get the wood piece plus the sea beads Thank-you deb

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  6. I bought the wood piece at Michaels. The sea beads I had in my craft closet but they can also be bought at Michaels or any craft store.

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  7. Thank you for sharing the post!! it is so easy to make this wind chime!! i will definitely make one for my room window!!!

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