Home improvements: A DIY idea for kids that will chime

It might be the middle of summer, but it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to improve your outdoor space. Now that school is out, you can get the children involved in fun craft projects, such as making DIY wind chimes. You will need six empty tin cans, paint, paint brushes, durable string, […]

It might be the middle of summer, but it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to improve your outdoor space. Now that school is out, you can get the children involved in fun craft projects, such as making DIY wind chimes.

You will need six empty tin cans, paint, paint brushes, durable string, six washers, a 10-inch-wide embroidery hoop, a hammer and a nail. First, wash the cans and completely remove the labels. Have your children paint the cans any colour they want, and allow to dry. Once dry, poke a hole in the bottom of each can using the nail and hammer – this is a job for you, not the children. Cut one 90-centimetre piece of string per can, and thread through the hole.

Tie one washer to the end of each piece of string – allowing it to hang halfway down inside the can. Glue the opposite end of each piece of string to the embroidery hoop, and wrap the loose string around it, covering every inch of the hoop. Fix so that each hangs at a different length.

To suspend your wind chimes, take two long pieces of string – of the same length – and tie each end to the hoop.

alane@thenational.ae

Source: art & life

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