Beat The Boredom | Woodworking Projects for Kids | Wooden Wind Chime
If you’re looking for inspiration on how to entertain the children over the upcoming weekend, check out our latest Beat The Boredom project. Our rustic wooden wind chime would make a fantastic addition to any garden or inside space, so why not grab your tools and get creative?
What you'll need
Wooden Wind Chime
Our rustic wooden wind chime is a great way to entertain the children over the upcoming weekend. Get outside and get creative!
Part 1 – Get organised
Choose your branch material. Cut into slices roughly 10mm thick to give each slice a bit of weight. This will help prevent the pieces tangling.
Part 2 – Plan the look of your wind chime
Choose a branch or stick from which you would like your project to hang from. Roughly lay out how you would like the wooden wind chime to look.
Part 3 – Mark out and drill
Mark with a pencil the spacings for your drill holes. In our example, we marked out every 40mm. Drill the holes with equal spacing making sure to hold your branch in a vice.
Part 4 – Tidy up
Clean all the drill holes using a Countersink
Part 5 – Drill and countersink
Using a scrap backing board for support, drill a hole through each of the slices, close to the top of each piece. Countersink all the drill holes.
Part 6 – Find balance point and drill
If you would like to hang any horizontal branches/twigs, find the balance point and mark with a pencil. Drill through. Again, hold the twig safely in a vice before drilling.
Part 7 – Sand, if desired
If you would like to sand the pieces, now’s the time to do it. In our example, we left ours rough sawn.
Part 8 – Sort string
Cut your pieces of string to length and tie a knot at one end. Pull through the long stick from which everything hangs and tie to the cut piece.
Part 9 – Check the balance
When all the pieces are tied on, lift your wooden wind chime up and check its balance. You may need to add or remove some pieces.
Part 10 – Trim
Trim all of the excess string to tidy up the project.
Part 10 – Complete
Your rustic wind chime is now complete! Hang in a windy area and enjoy its relaxing sounds.
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