Super Easy Wind Chimes

17 Nov

I had some extra time and energy this week, so I decided to do a really simple and fun craft with the kids.  We made our own clay, rolled it out, cut it into shapes, baked it, and painted it after it had hardened.  Then, we fastened the “chimes” to a hanger using some yarn and voila, a home made wind chime!

This could be a really cute craft for a Christmas decoration (you could easily make a mobile), using Christmas cookie cutters to cut Christmas themed shapes.

I used the following clay recipe, which is completely edible (and free of any harmful chemicals), although I don’t recommend eating it!

Mix 4 cups of flour with 1 cup of salt.  Then, slowly add 1 ½ cups of warm water.  Then, you get down and dirty and knead the dough with your hands until it is very well mixed and a good rolling consistency.  Another great thing about this recipe is that kids of all ages can help throughout.  They can practice measuring, pouring, and of course, getting their hands right in and kneading it!

Flour your work surface and roll out the dough.  Then, using cookie cutters, cut out whatever shapes you want.  We even did some block letters free hand using a butter knife.  I then made a hole in each one at the top using a straw.

Place the shapes on a cookie sheet.  You might want to spray the sheet first.  I didn’t and some of the pieces stuck to it.  Bake at 300 degrees until the shapes are hard.  I think it took about 25 minutes for ours to harden.  You can also leave them out overnight or for a few days to dry naturally.

I also discovered that if you don’t want to bake the clay, the kids can use it like play dough, shaping and reshaping it over and over.

Once we took the shapes out of the oven, they were nice and hard.  We let them cool, then I let the kids paint them.  We strung them to a clothes hanger and had ourselves some really cute little wind chimes!  The girls couldn’t wait to hang them from a tree in the yard!

If you don’t feel like going through the trouble with painting them, you can leave them as they are, or even add food coloring while in the kneading stage!  Enjoy!

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One Response to “Super Easy Wind Chimes”

  1. Lisa Martin November 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    I love this, Lori! What a fabulous idea. Looks like the girls had tons of fun with the project!

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