Father’s Day Windchimes
February 12th, 2013 posted by Family Corner Staff
You will need:
clean, empty 8 oz. margarine tubs made of thin plastic
clear nylon fishing line
1/2″ diameter metal washers
If you make this project
What you do
Place the tubs upside down on a table and decorate them, using scraps of construction paper and glue. They can make collages of different shapes or they can cut letters out of construction paper and glue them to the tubs to form messages.
Set the tubs aside to dry. After, the glue has dried thoroughly, use the hole puncher to punch four holes along rim of each tub. The holes should be about 1/2 ” from the edge of each tub and evenly spaced out.
Cut four 12″ lengths of fishing line and eight metal washers. The children tie one end of each piece of fishing line to a metal washer. // 4. Help the children thread one piece of fishing line through each hole in their tubs. As they thread each piece of line through a hole, they immediately tie a second metal washer to the free end of that piece of fishing line.
After the children have attached all the washers to their wind chimes, place the tubs upside down (bottoms up). With a sharpened pencil, poke two holes about 1″ apart in the center of the bottom of each tub. Thread a 12″ length of fishing line through bottom holes and tie the ends together to make a hanger for the wind chimes.
The wind chimes can be hung indoors or outside. Each pare of metal washers should be positioned so that the two touch each other. When air moves past them, they will produce a pleasant clinking sound.
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