How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime

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. 

How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime


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
black sharpie
measuring tape
drill with strong metal drill bit
Rustoleum Lagoon turquoise spray paint
cocoa fibre planter liner
potting soil
plants
glass of water (it was hot)


How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime


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.


How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime


And voila.


How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime


I attached some key rings to the holes that were already at the end of each measuring spoon.



How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime


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.


How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime



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.



How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime


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.



How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime



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.



How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime


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.



How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime



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.


How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime


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.


How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime



And it's all done.


How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime



It'll be nice when the petunias are bigger and trailing more.



How to Make a Strainer Planter Wind Chime

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.


For other wind chime and garden decor ideas check out my Garden Project Gallery here.

Thanks so much for reading!


Have a lovely day!







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27 comments:

  1. Awesome! You are so inspirational!! I have already made a wind chime using a fish hot plate using your wind chimes as my inspiration! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Ardy! I'm so glad my projects have inspired you. That is music to my ears. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it. Tuula :)

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  2. If that isn't the cutest windchime! I love the turquoise/stainless combination! And the angel does look perfect right where she is! It's all so adorable!

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  3. Tuula! You did it again. That is stunning. I love how you repurose ordinary things into extraordinary things. What a beautiful windchime/planter.

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  4. Tuula that is just amazing! Do you dream of wind chimes and wreaths? I love this and now will be on the look-out for a strainer and measuring spoons at the thrift store. Painting it such a lovely color just adds to the pretty flowers it can hold. How beautiful that it makes a lovely sound as well!

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  5. It is Absolutely Amazing and Love the turquoise color. It really makes your garden 'pop' with color. Very clever idea using the key rings.
    Enjoy your day and have a wonderful evening

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  6. Wow I love what you made and the color turquoise is just beautiful! Happy gardening.
    Julie

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  7. Really pretty Tuula! I have everything to make this. Except for the bling... I love the blue with the silver spoons! You come up with the best stuff!

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  8. I did start to use a couple of my star aluminum colanders for planters, but I just couldn't do it. Love yours especially with the extra bling. Your yard looks amazing!

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  9. Love it! I can definitely see one hanging in my yard. I love the blue with the colors of the flowers you chose...perfect! You are such a creative lady! I'll have to keep my eye open for a colander when I'm out thrifting!

    Blessings, Vicky

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  10. Perfect timing! I've just been thinking of turning a strainer into a hanging planter. Love how this turned out and pinning.

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  11. that's so pretty I could kick myself I just threw out my old pink metal one that had started to rust, why why did I throw it away! So gorgeous Tuula.

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  12. WHat a terrific idea....love this. Pinned it!

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  13. Clever Tuula...I can see a grouping of these in my future.

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  14. I love it Tuula...I really like wind chimes and love the added bonus of a planter. I think I'm off to the thrift store!

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  15. P.I.N.N.E.D. !
    OMG Tuula - even I can make this one - just adore it !!!
    xoxo

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  16. Super cute! I love the sound also. Thanks for sharing it with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  17. Tuula, I just realized that somehow I got to this post which hasn't been linked to SYC yet. I will feature it at a later date.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  18. I love this Tuula! You are so darned creative!!!

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  19. Tulla I love this project and that you painted the strainer blue. Thanx for sharing!

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  20. I'm sure it sounds so nice when the breeze starts blowing. Love the vibrant color you used.

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  21. The strainer looks beautiful as planter. And how clever of you to use spoon!

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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  22. What a Great idea and it turned out so beautiful. I have one of those Vintage collapsible 3 tier metal hanging baskets, I might try this on.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Have The Best Day Ever!
    Aim
    http://pyrexpassion.blogspot.com

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  23. Really cool, Tuula. You always blow me away with your wind chimes. They are always so creative!

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  24. I absolutely love this. Thanks for the awesome tutorial.

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  25. Great idea to make the two functions with the one strainer. Looks great!

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