Once your wind chime is finished, head outside and hang it on a tree branch or a nail on your front door. Pictures: Kris Coronado
Once your wind chime is finished, head outside and hang it on a tree branch or a nail on your front door. Pictures: Kris Coronado
Supplies needed for making a wind chime.
Supplies needed for making a wind chime.
It’s cold outside, so why not stay indoors and make your own wind chime? With only three items, a stick, ribbons and bells this outdoor instrument will bring music to your ears the entire season.

Get the help of a grown-up.

Total time: 45 minutes

Supplies

A sturdy 30cm stick that’s at least 0.5cm thick

Scissors

Tape measure

3 spools of ribbon 1cm wide and 5m long (orange, turquoise and yellow)

11 2.5cm bells

Steps

Find a sturdy stick outside that’s about 30cm long and straight.

Measure 55cm of orange ribbon, then cut with scissors. Tie one end of the ribbon to the middle of the stick with a tight double knot.

Next, measure and cut two 55cm turquoise ribbons. Tie them on either side of the orange ribbon with a double knot, leaving an 2.5cm) of space between the turquoise and each orange ribbon. Hold the stick up to ensure the turquoise ribbons are even in length. If not, snip the longer one with scissors. Repeat the process with two 50cm yellow ribbons, two 48cm orange ribbons, two 45cm) turquoise ribbons and two 43cm yellow ribbons.

Cut a 60cm orange ribbon, then double-knot it on both ends of the stick - leaving it loose enough to be hung.

Pick an outer ribbon hanging from the stick and pull at least 5cm of it through a bell’s top loop. To do this, you’ll need to fold the bottom of the ribbon in half lengthwise, pinching it to get it through the bell loop. (You may need an adult’s help.)

Tie the bell in place with a double knot, then tug it to make sure it hangs straight down. Repeat with remaining 10 bells. - Washington Post/African News Agency (ANA)