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DIY Recycled Wind Chime from a Pirouline Tin Can

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It is full on Spring here in the Pacific Northwest and I'm loving it! I have been outside so much the past week, building raised gardens, planting flowers and veggies, decorating the porch, and building a "secret" fairy garden down by the river. I've got pretty, native plants growing down there and I've been working on some fun decorations as well. Like this wind chime!

I used an empty Pirouline cookie tin and some mis-matched spoons (found at the thrift store!) to make this lovely recycled wind chime.

Since Earth day is only a week away this is the perfect time to share a recycled craft project, right?

Supplies needed:

  • 1 Large empty Pirouline tin can.
  • Green Spray Paint
  • Patterned Paper
  • Decoupage Adhesive
  • Awl
  • Spoons
  • Craft Wire (floral wire would work great!)
  • Chain
  • Ribbon
  • Beads

1. Start by decorating the empty tin. I painted the tin and lid green first and once that was dry, I decoupaged floral paper (this print is by Hazel and Ruby) around the tin and into the inside of the lid.

2. Use the awl to punch 2 holes into the top of the tin, one on each side- opposite of each other.

3. Take a piece of chain and use craft wire to attach it through the holes. I just wrapped wire through the hole and through the last link of the chain.

No chain? This could also be done with ribbon, skipping the wire.

4. Use the awl to punch 2 small holes in the center bottom of the tin.

5. Now take the lid. Use the awl to punch a small hole into the edge of it. 

Use craft wire to attach a 6" piece of chain to it. Also take a 3" piece of craft wire and thread it through the opposite end of the chain.

Run the 2 ends of the wire through the 2 small holes you punched in the bottom of the tin- reach inside the tin with your hand and twist the wires a few times so that they are secured.

The lid is the "clapper" for the wind chime- so it bangs against the spoons.

Now onto the spoons! I wanted to keep this project fairly easy, so I found a way to use the spoons without drilling through them.

6. Take a 15" or longer piece of craft wire. Make a loop about 1" long on one end and twist the wire end to secure it. Hold the loop at the top, back of your spoon and twist the wire down around your spoon, overlapping in places.

When the wire gets twisted further down on the narrow places of the spoon handle it will prevent the spoon from just slipping right out.

7. Repeat with more spoons. I did 5 spoons in total.

8. Cut a 16" piece of ribbon. Run it through the wire loop at the end of the spoon so that both ends of the ribbon are together on the opposite end. Knot the ribbon ends. Use beads or charms on the ribbon for extra embellishment.

9. Use the awl to punch 2 holes in the bottom of the tin for each spoon.  You're going to attach the spoons the same way as the lid/clapper. Try to space them out evenly-ish.

10. Cut a 3" piece of wire, loop it through the end on the knotted ribbon. Run the ends through the holes on the tin and twist them on the inside of the tin to secure.

11. Repeat with the other spoons.

This project actually turned out even more amazing than I hoped. The tin is recycled and the spoons were found at the thrift store so it's definitely eco-friendly! And it looks so magical in my secret garden!

I am still planting things and decorating my secret garden, but once I am done I'll share more pictures!

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Want more recycled Spring projects?

Make these recycled Dragonfly tins.

Have you started any gardening or outdoor projects lately?

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I'm Katie, the artist behind the blog Punk Projects. I love everything crafty, I drink tea all day long, I'm a bit of a nerd, and I usually have ink or paint on my hands.

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