Monday, 5 August 2013

Lulu's Art Corner: DIY Wind Chimes

I love doing arty things and I think I would like to be a designer like M&D when I grow up. I love it so much that my first ever sentence was "I draw"! Yesterday I was in Edinburgh with M&D. We love going to the Fringe and we went to a show at the Royal Botanic Gardens yesterday. After the show we had a quick look round the shop and we found some wind chimes which made really pretty noises. It made me think that I would like to have one in our garden so I decided to put my arty skills to good use and find out how to make one...


Mummy and I going for a walk round the Botanics in Edinburgh

I found this wonderful idea on the internet to make your very own wind chimes out of old tin cans. Click here to visit their website and find all sorts of wonderful crafty things to make and do. Here's how to make your very own DIY Wind Chimes. Remember you must ask a grown-up to help.
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    DIY wind chimes in pretty colours

  • Remove the lid and label from four or five empty cans, then wash and dry them. Choose cans that will nest together as a set, as shown. (1)
  • Use a hammer and nail to poke a hole in the bottom of each. 
  • Paint the outsides with white primer and let it dry, then cover with one or two coats of colored acrylic paint. (2)
  • Beginning with the largest, stack the cans. Measure a length of heavyweight string equal to the height of the cans, plus about 1 metre.
  • Knot a wooden ring onto one end of the string. Thread the other end up through the hole in the smallest can. 
  • Decide how low you want the can to hang, slide it up the string, tie a big knot, and slide the can down again until it rests on the knot. 
  • Add the other cans in the same way, making sure they overlap slightly so they'll chime.
  •  From the excess string, form a hanging loop (about 25cm long) above the largest can.

I love the idea of recycling things to make lovely new things to enjoy. It's very clever and good for the planet too. M&D have made lots of wonderful things out of old pallets. Click here to read a blog they have written about things you can make out of recycled pallets (3.) My absolute favourite is my sand pit!

I LOVE my sand pit made from recycled pallets


Have fun with your recycling of things for the garden. I would love to see your own projects - email me pictures of your own creations and I will share them on my blog.

Hugs and kisses,

Lulu xx

1. This means you have to eat yummy food before you can make this, bonus!

2. I recommend pink paint ;)

3. Bless them, they try, but M&D's blogs are nowhere as interesting as mine, are they?! You have to encourage them though...