- 18 scalloped shells
- Waxed twine
- 1 small curtain ring, 1-inch in diameter
- Inner hoop from a set of wooden embroidery hoops
- Small nail
How to Make Seashell Wind Chimes. Making your own wind chimes lets you select and customize the sounds you want to hear. Seashells make beautfiul and inexpensive chimes with a distinctive sound. The size and shape of your seashells determines the tone of your chimes.
Prepare an area to work on your chimes. Use a piece of wood or place a protective padding over your workspace.
Hammer or drill a hole in each shell. To prevent breaking the shells, employ a quick, sharp tap on the nail with the hammer.
Cut nine 24-inch lengths of twine. In groups of 3, knot the twine onto the embroidery hoop, spacing them evenly.
Braid each of the 3 sets of twine, until they are 12-inches long. Measure 7-inches above the embroidery hoop and tie the braids together in a knot. Braid the rest of the braids above the knot into one rope. Make a knot at the end and tie it to a curtain ring.
Cut six 12-inch lengths of twine and tie them around the hoop, evenly spaced.
Attach 3 shells to each string, putting the largest at the top and the smallest at the bottom. Place the first shell 5-inches from the hoop. Push it up the twine and tie a double knot below it to keep it from falling down. Tie the other two shells in the same manner.
Apply a small amount of glue to all of the knots to secure the shells. Hang your chimes from the curtain ring and enjoy the melody.
You can use a small drill with a 1/8-inch drill bit to make the holes. Have a few extra seashells. Some may break when you hammer or drill them. Use a small amount of glue on the tip of the string and let it dry. This will make it easier to thread through the holes in the shells.