WDW Magazine - - Section k! - BY LISA CAMERON

Spring is al­most here. Soon the warm winds will be blow­ing through, bring­ing with them all the sounds of the spring­time. From birds singing to bees buzzing, spring is filled with de­light­ful mu­sic. The sounds of spring can be made even more sweet when you have a beau­ti­ful wind chime hang­ing out­side your win­dow. I just love the sound of the clang­ing chimes as they gen­tly blow in the breeze.

Get your home ready for spring by mak­ing this kid-friendly wind chime craft. Min­nie's Spring­time Wind Chime is a fun craft that will help wel­come spring. Even bet­ter, it can be made al­most en­tirely from ma­te­ri­als that you al­ready have around your house.

For this craft you will need:

a soup can, cleaned and tried thor­oughly

a large nail

a ham­mer

red and white acrylic paint


string, twine or plas­tic lac­ing

2 wash­ers

beads, chimes, bells etc, for hang­ing

plas­tic or silk flow­ers

glue gun


Once the can is cleaned and dried, turn it up­side down. Place the nail in the mid­dle of the can. Gen­tly tap it with a ham­mer un­til you hear a "pop" and a hole is cre­ated.

Fol­low­ing the same method, poke 4 more holes around the rim of the can. We did one on each side. It's a good idea to place a block of wood on the in­side of the can while you're do­ing this. It will pre­vent the can from bend­ing.

Next, paint the out­side of the can red. You may need to do sev­eral coats. If you are plan­ning to hang your wind chime out­side, you need to use an oil based paint. It also may be a good idea to seal it with a clear paint sealant. If you are plan­ning to hang it in­side, a water-based paint may be used in­stead.

Once the red paint is dry and you are sat­is­fied with the color, paint white dots all over the can to mimic Min­nie's dress.

While the dots are dry­ing, string your beads, chimes, bells, what­ever you have cho­sen to be your chimes. Cut at least 6 inches of string to make sure you have enough room to place your chimes and that they will hang nicely from the bot­tom of the can. Knot the ends tightly to pre­vent your chimes from fall­ing off. Tie them to the can.

Tie 2 wash­ers to the end of an­other string. Thread the string through the hole at the top of the can, in­sert­ing through the in­side of the can.

Glue flow­ers to the top of the can to dec­o­rate.

Now all that's left to do is hang it and wait for the spring breezes to blow!

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