I love making garden whimsy to display in various spots in the garden from items that might normally be discarded. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Other chimes I’ve made:
The mailbox by the front door has some bottle cap flowers, a welcome sign on a piece of driftwood from the Esquimalt Lagoon in Victoria, BC, and the driftwood key chimes. I wonder which key opens the door?
Are you like me and love wind chimes in the garden?