More Whimsy: Create Wind Chimes from Recycled Utensils

A recycled cookie cutter and flatware, combined with beads and a colander, make an inexpensive, charming wind chime.

A recycled cookie cutter and flatware, combined with beads and a colander, make an inexpensive, charming wind chime.

Add the soft tinkling of wind chimes to your garden by fashioning a chime from recycled cookie cutters and flatware.

For the top of mine, I used a mini colander.  But you can also use graters, teapots, metal soap dishes, metal lamp shades or other dome-like pieces.  Then use fishing line to string beads and tie hanging pieces to the colander.

The trickiest part is drilling holes in the ends of the flatware.  First, make a scratch on the back of the spoon or fork handle with a scribe tool.  This scratch will show you where to drill and help the drill bit get a grip on the metal instead of skating around.  Then, place the spoon or fork into a vise to hold it steady.  Next, drill a hole where you made the scratch.

Be sure to buy a drill bit that’s labeled for heavy metal and stainless steel.  I used a 1/16″ bit.

If you live in the Denver area, you can sign up for my free wind chime workshop July 11 at Denver Public Library’s Bear Valley branch.  To register, just call 720-865-0975 or email fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Update: Workshop participants at the July 11 wind chime workshop display their finished products.

Update: Workshop participants at the July 11 wind chime workshop display their finished products.

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