Saturday, July 30, 2011

Craft: Up-cycled Wind Chime

I found an old butterfly wind chime at my parent's. My dad said he wasn't going to do anything with it, but trash it since it was broken. But, it wasn't broken in my eyes, it just needed some love.

So here's what I started with, the top butterfly of the old wind chime, 3 small food cans, and 4 large food cans [note: I only ended up using 3 of the large food cans].

I found this old Krylon spray paint in a tote in my garage, it's white as you can see. I tested it, and it still works like a charm!! I sprayed cans and butterfly white to prime them. You could skip the priming, but it will mean more coats of paint later.

I painted 2 small cans and 2 large cans "Bahama Blue" by Krylon. 

The butterfly, 1 small can, and 2 large cans got painted red. It was one of the cheap crappy spray paints. Don't use them, they require more coats as well. Pay the extra dollar for the good kind. I had it there otherwise I would have bought Krylon.

So here's the cans and butterfly after 2 coats each, except the red which meant 3, of the paint. Remember to turn the butterfly over to paint the other side.

No I'm not in my underwear I promise! LOL!! I was sitting on the bathroom floor and had the hubs snap this. You turn the cans upside down, take a nail and put it in the middle area, then hammer until the nail goes through the metal. It's pretty simple, just don't try to do it on the carpet. It doesn't work, but I didn't try that or anything :P

So grab some string or yarn, this is just white string. My butterfly had holes already as you can see. It had 4, but I only needed 3 strands, so I improvised. You want the string to be super long. You're going to use it for all 6 cans. You can always cut off the extra later. I double knotted mine, and would suggest you do the same.

I ran the string through the cans and double knotted them. You want to pull the cans where you want them, then pull another inch or so of string so that you end up about where you wanted. Then I decided the cans hitting each other wasn't enough noise for me. Paperclips? Yup, you're going to tie them to the string inside of the cans.

See what I did here? I circled them in Photoshop for you. Although I did that one wrong with the paper clip, lol. You want to tie a know around both of the curves on the opposite side of the where it's shown here. The other knot is the one that puts the can in place. I did this to all 6 cans. I used small paper clips for the small cans, and big for the big cans. It's pretty easy. Cut off the extra string when you're done.

String your string at the top and hand out front like so! Isn't she pretty? The hubs said it wasn't as bright as he expected, and I asked if he wanted neon colors or something? He doesn't have an artsy bone in his body though. My 3 yo helped me with the string and holding the ladder as I put it up.

I sprayed it with a clear glossy finish, and here's the end result. I didn't want it to be perfect. I like the character that it has, so you can see that not all the cans are even and some white showing through.

You could make your own recycled wind chime without the butterfly. Just leave some excess string at the top of your cans to hang them up later. If you really want the butterfly, The Dollar Tree sells those butterfly wind chimes. 

I originally posted this at Alison's Blog, but wanted to share it with my readers and save it for my records.

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  1. I seen this when you guest posted on another blog, so cute!!

    I really like doing crafts, although I don't do them often. So nice to come to your blog and get some ideas.

  2. This looks easy enough a teen or preteen could make it, so cute!

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a library of craft tutorials geared at kids of all ages. I would love it if you'd stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don't post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like!

  3. Thanks Amanda! I sure will link up with ya! Thanks for letting me know :o)


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