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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Easy Spring Wind Chimes

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Spring is definitely here (at least by us!) and the days are warm & breezy.
The perfect weather to fly kites, make wind socks and of course...

Wind Chimes 


This is by no means a novel idea,
I remember making wind chimes in elementary school myself.
Yet, like everything else, it was new to the Lil Divas
and they immensely enjoyed making their own wind chimes.

If you haven't made wind chimes with your preschooler 
or elementary aged child - Go for it!

The beading is especially beneficial for preschoolers, 
who are working on their fine motor skills.
You can even incorporate math by having older children string in patterns.

What You Need:
Paper Cups 
paint - we used outdoor acrylic paints
brushes
beads (various sizes, shapes & colors)
colored plastic straws
string
small jingle bells
hole puncher
pipe cleaner
button
pencil

What To Do:
1. Paint cup as desired.


2. Allow to dry. 


3. Cut  5 pieces of string, 1 longer than the others. 
4. Cut plastic straws. The Lil Divas cut various sizes.
5. String beads & pieces of straws together, adding bells sporadically. 
6. Repeat until you have completed 5 strings - this took awhile.


Once you have strung 5 strings (& your paint is dry), 
you are ready to assemble your wind chime.

This is where you will need your hole puncher, pencil, pipe cleaner & button.


7. Punch 4 holes around the cup.


8. Make holder as shown below.
Make loop at the top.
String button through.
Attach longest beaded string & loop up through other button hole.
Secure at top under your loop.


9. Punch hole through top of cup with pencil point.
10. String loop through so that top is secure with button underneath.
11. Attach the 4 other strings.


12. Hang your wind chimes outside & enjoy!


Each time the wind blows or the door opens, 
we hear the soft jingles of the wind chimes.

It is lovely.

Have you made wind chimes, wind socks or kites to celebrate spring?

Bern

13 comments:

  1. What a great idea...love the colours and concentration...just wish my twins were old enough to give it a go! Shall file away the idea though!!!

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    1. thanks Melissa! The color is great - we used lots of it!

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  3. It turned out so great!!! We'll be doing one this week...we'll see how my little one does :)

    ~MiaB

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    1. let me know how it goes! The beading took us a good long while, it was definitely the kind of craft we did, took a break & came back to.

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  4. This is lovely! And fun! Can't wait to try it with my son and have him put it in our yard! I hope it is OK for my to pin it here: http://pinterest.com/lnmontessori/for-kids-to-do/ (*Let me know if this is not OK. Google "Permission to Pin".)

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  5. Adorable and so pretty!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

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  6. Those are so pretty! What a great way to make wind chimes. That's something I haven't done with my kids so I'll have to try it out soon! Thanks for linking up to the Afterschool Blog Hop!

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  7. Very pretty. I really like the bead work. Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Kids' Co-op

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  8. great project! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  9. How fun!! We will definitely have to give this at try. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you will share with us again this week!

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  10. I am featuring a link to your lovely windchimes art project in my blog post on ten fav. Springtime activities, let me know if I can use a windchime photo from your blog post (it will be published this week). Thanks!

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