Handmade Wind Chime

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Handmade Wind Chime: an activity for children of all ages. Many people would love a visit from a herd of deer, until they see how deer can eat through their entire garden. There are many ideas and types of wind chimes to make, but in this activity we will be making a tin can wind chime. Making a wind chime is a fun, easy, and harmless way of trying to keep deer from eating your garden.

  • Supplies:
    • 5-7 various sized tin cans
    • stick (about a foot to a foot and a half long)
    • spray paint and glitter (optional)
    • nail
    • hammer
    • yarn, string, or twine
    • two washers or rocks per can (something that will make noise when hitting the sides of the can)
  • Read the following book:
    • The Windy Day by Anna Milbourne – recommended for children ages 4-8.
  • Take the labels off of the cans.
  • Paint the cans in a variety of colors. Feel free to add glitter and decorate your cans as desired.
  • Hammer a nail hole into the middle of the bottom of each can.
  • Cut a long piece of string and thread it through the hole in the can.
  • Tie two washers or rocks to the end of the string inside of the can. One of the washers should be tied in a position to keep the string in place and the other should be placed at the end of the string to make a clinking and clanging sound when it hits the tin can.
  • Do the above two steps with each can, using various sized pieces of string (but close enough in size so that the cans can bump into each other).
  • Tie the tops of the strings to a stick.
  • Cut another piece of string and tie it to both ends of the stick to create a hanger.
  • Hang your wind chime!
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.