Thursday, April 19, 2018

DIY Junk Drawer Wind Chimes

Earth Day is just a few days away, and enjoying the outdoors seems the right way to celebrate.  Making a wind chime from "junk" to honor the day and brighten your own outdoor space could be the encouragement you need to get out there. This project uses materials that might otherwise wind up in our landfills. I hope it reminds you that istead of polluting our environment, we can enhance it! 

While preparing my Earth Day Project Inspiration post last week, the upcycled wind chime caught my attention (and many of yours too). I did an image search to find the original post but to no avail. Being inspired by my own inspiration roundup, I decided to make my own wind chimes to share.

It was as simple as gathering junk drawer items: keys, broken jewelry, buttons, crystals, hardware, etc.; stringing them together; and attaching them to a base. Since I wanted to use recycled items as much as possible, tuna cans were the base. Of course, any kind of can would work, or you could use cookie cutters like the original image. 

Spring has finally sprung here in South Alabama (I think). While it's still a little chilly in the mornings, the afternoons are sublime. And, I've been finding it hard to stay inside when it's been so glorious outside. These windchimes have brightened up my outdoor space and made it even more inviting. 


I'd love for all of us to find a way to recycle some of the junk we have in our homes and enjoy nature, so I made a video of the process used to make the wind chimes.
If any of the steps are unclear or you have any questions about how to make your own, please don't hesitate to task. And, if you do make one, please share it.

These were so very simple to make. I can't wait to create more and try to use up all the excess supplies I have collected. What a wonderful way to upcycle!


8 comments:

  1. This was the project that caught my eye in the round up so I am so glad that you made it. I really like the kitschy second option with its colourful buttons.

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  2. I knew it would be a fairly simple project, yet it was a pleasure watching you picking the elements :) You've encouraged me to try and make one of my own some day (plus a couple of other DIY ideas I have neglected).

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  3. I like this Earth-friendly craft that I think would be great to both empty out my "junk"and make my world a little pretty! Thanks for linking up with Friday Frenzy!

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    1. I'm so very glad you like it! Every time I spot the ones I made outside, they make me smile. I do hope you try this out and brighten your world too!

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  4. Hope, I couldn't find your name anywhere, so I went to your Etsy shop! Hey I'm from Alabama too & blog over at Vintage Southern Picks. I also have an Etsy shop of the same name. Going to tell you I love your junk mobile. I did a similar one last year. Isn't it fun to recycle junky pieces? I had fun doing it & enjoy looking at it every day.

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    1. Couldn't find my name? Uh oh. Was I supposed to be on a list? I think I'm already following your etsy. It's alway fun to find another Alabama gal with similar junk interests! Oh, I love finding ways to use my junk too. It makes hoarding, um, collecting it so much worthwhile! I've got enough junk to make dozens more too! I'll have to try to find the one you created. I'm sure it's lovely.
      Thank you so much for swinging by!

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  5. I love this idea, it has almost everything in there! So pretty and colorful.

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    1. Mary, Yes - everything but the kitchen sink! I'm so happy you like them. They were a joy to create. Thanks for hopping by!

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