Do you have any old rusty tools and whatnots lying around? Maybe you have some miscellaneous items of your husband’s, father’s, or grandfather’s that you have no clue what to do with, and they just sit there in your garage or project room year after year collecting dust. Well, here is a notion to help you get those items out of the forgotten corner and make them useful again. How about turning them into a garden chime to enjoy throughout the year!
With a bit of jute twine, a pair of scissors, small hand drill (optional), and said items above, you are good to go. Ok, I confess, I did use a smidge of low temp hot glue, and I honestly have no idea how it will hold up. I will have to let you know in a year. Think of what a fun DIY this would be for kids (of any age) to make for the dad or grandfather in their life!
Here is my pile of treasures – I didn’t use them all. Of course, your pile of whatnots will be different to create your own unique chime!
I wasn’t sure what this silver gear looking object is – I think it is some type of fan – but I loved it for the top of my chime. I think a plain metal circle would work just as well though. I basically doubled my string, tying a knot to leave a loop to hang a tool off in the center of the chime. The jute strung through the top/center of the fan was used to attach the chime to a shepherd’s hook in the garden.
To attach the string to the fan, I actually didn’t use any knots. I just wrapped the jute around a few times and then hung a tool of each end of the string using knots.
I am sure there are a variety of knots and correct terminology to go along with tying jute string to tools, but hey, I am no girl scout, so I can’t really explain exactly what I did. However, I will try and show you a few techniques I used.
This process of attachment I used on at least half of the tools. Loop through a hole in the tool, then thread the other end of the string back through the loop.
I tied a basic knot and then wrapped the string around the pin and low-temp hot glued the string so it didn’t fray out. Not sure how that glue is going to hold up in the weather, but this was an experimental project. Any suggestions would be great:)
Here is my husband drilling a hold into the file handle. The original idea was to put the jute string down the hole and tie a knot on the bottom. However, that ended up not working out the way I wanted. So instead I threaded a wire down the hole, creating a loop at the bottom, then threaded the jute through the wire loop.
A closer look! I imagine as you create your own chime you will find the best knot and technique to attach each individual tool.
Having just completed this chime, I don’t have any idea if it will make beautiful sounds when the wind blows. I am sort of thinking that will be a no, but I look forward to the times sitting in my garden when I get to enjoy its simple yet rustic charm, and think of my dad’s shop where I acquired most of the items. In any case, it is going to be a delight to my soul. Enjoy making your own one of a kind garden chime, made beautiful by your design!