DIY Kitchenware Wind Chime

Who hasn’t seen a wind chime made from “junk”?  You can make a wind chime out of anything under the sun.  If it makes noise when banged against something else, string that sucker up!

It didn’t take me long to gather things for this project.  Any of the following list can be purchased at a local thrift store, flea market or a good ole fashioned yard sale.  Here’s what I used:

  • Strainer type thing (I think the one I used is actually part of a pot.)
  • Eating utensils

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Here’s what you need to purchase or borrow, if you don’t already have it at home:

  • Fishing Line
  • Twine
  • 2 wire hangers
  • Beads (I took apart an old necklace.)
  • Knife or sharp scissors
  • Drill with 1/8 drill bit
  • Table Vise
  • Wire cutters

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Once you’ve gathered all of your items, start by drilling all of the holes you’ll need.  I chose to hang my strainer thing so I could put a plant in it.  You can hang it however you’d like.  You may not need the extra holes drilled if you choose to hang it by the handle.  There is no way that two will be just alike.  You just do what you like…pretty much like most crafting:)

1.   Using a hand drill or drill press, drill extra holes in strainer thing in order to attach wire hangers.

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2.  Drill 1/8″ holes in all utensils.

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3.  Here’s the part where you can decide to do it the way I did it or your own way.  I think twine is ADORABLE!!  That being said, twine will also rot if left outside over a length of time AND beads are super hard to put through it.  Here’s what I did:

  • Cut even amounts of fishing line and twine.
  • Starting on the bottom of the strainer, put the twine and fishing line up one hole and back down a different hole.
  • Cut twine and line
  • You now can attach two utensils

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  • Feed beads onto fishing line
  • Feed twine through 1/8″ hole
  • Feet fishing line through 1/8″ hole
  • Tie in several knots until secure

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  • I attached my utensils in a “roller coaster” fashion, using shorter and shorter lengths of twine/fishing line.  You can attach yours however you’d like.
  • Repeat process until desired amount of clanger/tinklers are attached
  • Cut hangers and attach them to the strainer for hanging

Finish up by adding a favorite plant to the top or nothing at all.  I used my Grandma’s Mammie Moss…also called Gold Sedum.  This project takes only take a couple of hours to complete.  It’s so cute!!

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TADA!!! *Twirls and Throws Glitter*

Get on out there and gather up some junk for your new treasure!

-That Book Mama-

 

 

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Bargains Galore On 64

Bargains Galore!  Wahoo!  The greatest yard sale event that I know about. Every year we head out without a real plan and only vague ideas of what we are looking for and every year we make it home with treasures to treasure and stories to tell. 

Bargains Galore On 64 has been going on for 16 years. It starts in Fort Smith, AR and ends in Beebe, AR. 160 miles of pure junk heaven.  

People watching is my favorite thing. I’ve come up with my observation list this year. Oh y’all, this isn’t even the half of it:)

  

Bargains Galore on 64 Observations

1. Nowhere else can you swerve all over the road and people not think you’re intoxicated. Driving 20 miles under the speed limit is expected. Once farmland hits, it’s back to green flag racin’:)

2. Any other time, truck bed combinations would be questioned. Some of my favorites today include:

A gigantic tool box and a kayak

Old beds and a screen door

A baker’s rack and a weed whacker

3.  With all of the horse trailers, you’d think the rodeo was in town. Except that no one is hauling horses around. 

4. Free puppies should be placed up front so bypassing that particular yard sale is an easy decision. 

5. You got a flat tire? Have no fear, there are true gentlemen still in this world. (I didn’t but I witnessed chivalry at its finest.) 

6. People really do come from all over. Tennessee was well represented but we also saw Wisconsin and New Jersey plates. Witnesses to the greatest redneck outing this side of the Mississippi. 

7. Most people drive sensible vehicles for yard saling (saling isn’t a word…pfffttt yes it is!) Anywho, some folks take this opportunity to break out the ole’ muscle car or flashy pickup to cruise and be seen. Oh we see you:). I’m thinking where in the world are you going to put your treasures?  Oh well. 

8. Parking on the side of the road with your tire over the white line is totally cool with everyone…no it’s not so don’t do that.  

9. Selling snow shovels in the middle of Arkansas is not a very bright idea. I understand that they could double as muck shovels but they were advertised as snow shovels. Maybe that’s what those Wisconsin folks went back with?

  

We had a great day. Came back with a pile of clothes for our little Moonpie,  minus a clown costume that our Farm Girl was convinced the baby needed. No, thank you.  Bangle bracelets and fish rocks and alarm clocks, Oh My!   Did I buy any books that I don’t need? Yes. A rather old copy of Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. It has an orange cover and I’ve never seen one like it, okay?!


 Until next year:)

That Book Mama