Wind chimes are a great sensory addition to a garden or outdoor space – we wanted to make one with as little cutting, hole-drilling and sticking as possible… here is how we got on!
We collected up lids from shower gel, bubble bath and shampoo bottles – anything with a ready-made hole in it! We even kept the hook from a shower gel bottle to use as our wind chime hanger.
I asked my daughter to sort the lids into size order. Lined up they start to take shape as the fish’s body. We chose one with a rounded top to put aside to use as the fishes nose!
I then cut all the lids off (apart from the one we were using for the head) and popped them back in the right order.
Next we threaded a piece of wool through a straw. I had to help a little towards the end to twist the wool a bit tighter and push it through.
We tied one end of the string to a lollipop stick – you could use another straw or a stick from the garden!
Next we started threading the lids onto the straw, working our way from the largest to the smallest. Saving the lid we had chosen as the fishes head until last.
We gave our fish a smiley face using a permanent marker and then threaded the string through, closing the lid to keep it all in place.
My daughter wanted to add some beads to the string before we tied the hook to the end.
The plastic lids make a good click-clack noise but we wanted to find out what noises other materials made. We tore some tin foil into strips and twisted the ends round the lollipop stick. They make a lovely ‘tinkly’ sound in the wind!
We hung our finished wind chime on a branch in the garden and listened! We are now on the hunt for more materials to make new sounds. We might try adding paperclip chains, old keys or toy bells to the bottom next.
If you try making one at home we would love to hear how you get on!