Wind Chimes

Who Has Seen The Wind?
By Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

Materials

  • small stick
  • twine
  • small stones
  • leather scraps
  • feathers
  • shells
  • drill

Instructions

1. Cut a piece of twine and attach it to either end of your stick, wrapping it around three or four times and tying a double knot. The length of the twine will depend on the size of the stick, and will be what you use to hang your wind chime. Now attach three more pieces of twine to your stick, equally spaced. Make them quite long so you have enough to attach and wrap around your items. You can always trim the excess at the end.

2. Lay out the items you have chosen, and decide what you are attaching to each string. The items I have suggested give it an earthy feel, but you can attach whatever you like. If you are using sea shells, you will need to drill a small hole in them. It’s fairly easy to do, but count on cracking a few. Fortunately, they are available at dollar stores if you’re not near a beach. When you thread the twine through the hole, tie a knot underneath so the shell stays in place. With small stones, you can wrap the twine around about three or four times and tie a double knot to keep it in place. Feathers can also be knotted in, and trimmed to whatever size you like if you find them too long. Finally, bits of leather tied to the twine will fill in empty spaces nicely.

Once all the items have been attached, you’re ready to hang your mobile outdoors and let the wind work its magic. Admittedly, this will be pretty to look at but not very ‘chimey’ unless you include metal items like coins (yes there are some with holes), bottle caps, metal tubes etc.

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