Hi all! I hope everyone had a great weekend.
It was beautiful here, and I was able to work on some projects outside... including this strainer planter wind chime for our back deck area.
We sit on the back deck most evenings just enjoying the ambiance. On breezy days our new wind chime will accompany the sound of our pond waterfall, and together they'll make for a very relaxing environment... especially after a busy day at work.
Here's what I needed for this project. I had everything on hand already in my stash, but none of these things are too hard to find if you'd like to make one for yourself.
large metal strainer
3 similar sets of 4 measuring spoons
9 ft dog leash chain
single key rings
drill with strong metal drill bit
Rustoleum Lagoon turquoise spray paint
cocoa fibre planter liner
glass of water (it was hot)
I taped over the handles with painters tape because I wanted them to stay the natural metal. Then I spray painted the sides and the top of the bottom with the turquoise. I left the bottom, the insides, and the top rim natural as well.
I attached some key rings to the holes that were already at the end of each measuring spoon.
Luckily the holes in the bottom of the strainer were spaced at just the right distance apart so it was very easy to feed the key rings through... enough for 12 measuring spoons and something special to hang in the middle.
I measured around the top of the strainer to figure out where the hanging holes should be. Then I drilled two holes in three spots in the rim to feed three of the rings through.
Before drilling I marked where I wanted my holes with the sharpie.
Then I used pliers to deconstruct some of the dog chain into 3 equal lengths and attached these to the rings, looping them all into a very strong double key ring at the top.
At this point I decided that I didn't need to use all 12 measuring spoons. I thought it would look a little too crowded, so I only had to make 8 short hangers out of the the dog chain. I just counted the links and decided how long I wanted the spoons to hang.
Then I attached the chains to the key rings on the measuring spoons, and attached the other ends to the key rings at the bottom of the strainer. Then I removed the inner 4 key rings from the bottom because I didn't need them, leaving the one in the centre.
I filled the strainer with leftover pieces of cocoa fibre that I had. First I put a small piece of plastic in the bottom where the measuring spoons are hanging just so they don't take too much abuse when I water or when it rains.
I filled it with potting soil, added some leftover plants that hadn't found a pot yet... some trailing petunias, a few begonias, and a dusty miller in the centre.
In time it will fill in nicely.
I originally added the stained glass angel into the middle of the spoons, but we couldn't see her very well so John suggested I put her up top. I think she belongs there. Her little heart says Follow Your Dream.
And this gave me a place to add a little bling (because I always love a little bling) into the middle of the spoons with a large chandelier crystal hanging from the centre key ring.
And it's all done.
It'll be nice when the petunias are bigger and trailing more.
The measuring spoons sound really lovely.
We tend to have a lot of breezy days here and now we'll be able to enjoy the sweet music from the chimes... along with the beauty of the flowers.
What do you think? Can you see one of these hanging around your yard?
If so, make one for yourself. It was really quite easy, and very inexpensive because all the supplies were thrifted.
Thanks so much for reading!
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