Beach Craft: Driftwood Windchime

We're incredibly fortunate to live on the coast and be able to visit the beach whenever the whim takes us; making memories, gathering treasures, and enjoying the wonders of nature. When we come home it's always time to empty our pockets and examine our prized possessions, debating our latest way of storing them and remembering the fun.

This time we went for a driftwood windchime.

Beach Art Driftwood Windchime

What we used:

  • natural twine
  • driftwood
  • shells with holes in it
  • a hand drill
  • a workbench with a vice
  • a large darning needle

What we did:

  1. Clamp the wood in the vice/workbench and drill holes in the middle of each piece using the hand drill.
  2. Tie a double knot in the end of the string and thread the other end through the darning needle.
  3. Thread through the driftwood and shells alternating between the two.
  4. Tie a large loop in the end and hang on a tree to blow in the warm, Summer breeze.

Driftwood windchime

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  1. says

    oh these take me back! We used to make wind chimes with our favourite beach finds in the summer – and then watch them get battered through the winter storms until it was time to make another!

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      That is exactly what we've done here; our one from last year (different style) finally gave up the ghost about January time in the strong winds.

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      It's a really simple tool and he loves using it, great for introducing woodwork to children. (I might have half – inched this one from school)

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      Make sure they've got holes in them! We're forever collecting shells and end up with no idea what to do with them.

  2. says

    What an incredibly creative idea!! I have never seen this done before! We live 10 minutes from Malibu in California. Next time we are at the beach (likely this weekend!), we will have to bring home some of the treasures we find and put something like this together. Great idea, thanks for the share!!

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      Sometimes it's harder to remember these crafts when it's on your doorstep, we're only five minutes from the beach and often forget about these simple crafts. Thanks for commenting.

  3. professional photographer says

    Life is beautiful when lived close to the nature. The driftwood windchime is wonderful, great images!!!

  4. John says

    live on the coast, making memories, gathering treasures is all I need right now, I work hard at Sony Corporate :(

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