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What you will need:

– medium sized plastic lid
– leftover twine, yarn or string
– small metal and plastic items from the recycling bin
– small metal and plastic found items from your home
– awl
– rubber mallet

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Step 1: Hunt for Small Objects

This part of the project is almost as fun as the finished wind chime. Send your children off to the recycling bin and their rooms to find small metal and plastic objects for the wind chime. We used a combination of bottle caps, plastic bottle lids, medication bottle lids, bells, safety pins and buttons. It was fun to see what small found items we could find all around us.

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Step 2: Punch Holes in the Lid

Use your awl and rubber mallet, gently punch three holes in the top of the plastic lid. Younger children will need assistance with this part and you will want to closely watch older children.

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Step 3: Add the Twine to the Lid

Thread two long pieces of twine through the lid, these will hold all of your found objects. Then thread another shorter piece through the center and tie it in a loop, this will be your hook.

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Step 4: Punch Holes in the Found Objects

Using your awl and rubber mallet to punch holes in the top of each of the found objects. Younger children will need assistance and older children should be closely supervised.

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Step 5: String on the Found Objects

Now comes the fun part, give your child creative control and him them string each found object on the two long pieces of twine. Suggest that he string items together that make a nice sound when hitting each other. Tie a small knot in between each found object to keep them from sliding back down.

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Step 6: Hang the Wind Chime

Find a place to hang the wind chime in your yard — we picked a spot right next to our patio furniture and hammock. Every night when we eat dinner outside, we hear the soft music of a wind chime that we made together.