A Driftwood Keychime

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.


I love making garden whimsy to display in various spots in the garden.  While recovering from my knee replacement surgery I had lots of time to think, create and craft.

Using a piece of driftwood from Wicklow Beach, some colourful beads, some keys and fishing line I created a driftwood key chime.  The first task was to change the keys from plain to colourful with some acrylic paint.

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painting old keys

This took a couple of coats but the paint did stick finally.  I always paint on wax paper so the table surface doesn’t get messy and it is also easy to move the keys around.

Holes were drilled in the piece of driftwood.  Each key had a double strand of fishing line and colourful beads were threaded onto it.  When it came to fastening the fishing line to the driftwood I used a button.  After poking the fishing line through the drilled hole I then threaded the button and when it was knotted tight it

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looking at the top

The buttons stop the fishing line from slipping through the holes.  There are also holes at each end of the piece of driftwood to thread a cord through to hand the key chime.

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driftwood key chime/dangler

I tried it in a few different places in the garden and in the gazebo.  It is really colourful and the keys make a nice, soft sound as they clink together in the breeze.

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colourful driftwood key chime/dangler

Other chimes I’ve made:

Are you like me and love wind chimes in the garden?

I’m sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party , Handmade Monday and To Grandma’s House We Go

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  1. Jackie Hawkins

    I love the idea of using old keys in a windchime. It looks especially cute with the different colored keys and beads.

  2. Hello, I saw you visited mybrightideasblog.com so I wanted to pop over and see what you have been up to. I love this key windchime! I should add this to my things to do…the list is long….this one looks like a lot of fun.

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