We had a bit of a windstorm the other day, but the Fairies living in the Fairy Cottage were completely unaware.
I think they need a wind-chime.
Of course, this will be nice for the Fairies on nice gentle days as well.
I also thought it might be a nice “Welcome to the Neighborhood” gift.
In the event you have some fairies and you would like to welcome them to your neighborhood, you might want to make a wind-chime as well. You can download the directions below … or you can keep reading.
You don’t need many items to make a wind-chime. In fact, Mr. H. kindly …. um …. loaned me some things from his tool chest.
3/4” Metal Washer
1/4” Metal Washer
1/16” diameter Metal Rod
1 each open eye pin (I found the open eye pin in the beading section at Michaels. You could also cut a 1-1/4″ piece from your metal rod and use the glue gun to attach the line)
9 each 4” (approximate) lengths of fishing line (4 lb)
Glue Gun (not pictured, but oh so important)
I used brass washers, but you could easily use regular washers. A quick walk through the hardware store also revealed different colors of washers!! You might even want to paint them!! (I know, I know…a lot of exclamation points, but I really LOVE hardware stores).
Mr. H. had suggested that I use copper wire for the chimes, but I was convinced I needed to use hollow rods. Now that I have constructed a couple of wind-chimes, I have to concede. I think the impact of the hollow tube will be minimal. So, if you have copper wire, go ahead.
It’s worth mentioning some other items that are very helpful. Not just for this project, but for anything you make that calls for an extra pair of hands. My handy-dandy florist’s foam and clothespins are invaluable for supporting small pieces and securing things. I didn’t mention this in my pdf file, but I use styrofoam and clothespins for a lot of my projects. They really came in handy for the wind chimes.
Tie four pieces of the fishing line to the eye of the open eye pin and trim one line to 1-1/4”. Trim the other three lines to 5/8”. Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to get an exact measurement. Close enough is …. close enough.
Apply a bead of glue to the middle of your small (1/4”) washer and immediately push the end of the 1-1/4” line into the middle of the hot glue. Set this aside. This will be your clanger (is that a word?) for your wind chime. By the way. If you have a fan in the room, turn it off. Trust me on this one. I spent a good 1/2 hour trying to get my line in the bead of glue only to have it harden before I could find the center of the glue. <sigh>
Apply a bead of glue to the top of each of the 3/4” metal rods and push the end of the fishing line into the center of the glue. Trim the line to 3/8”. I think the glue looks a little like a crystal. I think the five little rods look like little soldiers. I think the soldier in the middle needs a little trim so that the line is even. I think I’m obsessing.
On back of the large (3/4”) washer, apply a bead of glue and insert the free end of fishing line from each of the five wind chimes into the center of the bead of glue. I used my clothespins to hold the line steady.
That’s it. You’re done.
For those of you who are following along, here is a picture of the wind chime safely secured in the Fairy Garden House.
Looks like the Fairies need a lawn mower.
Back to the drawing board….