My two older kids went to Old Orchard Beach in Maine for a week with their grandparents earlier this month and Mason came home with a bucket full of seashells he picked up off the beach. Most of them were broken and they were all bleached white from the salt and sun. Since he spent the time to find them, I thought it would be great to actually make them into something – something that, when looked at, reminded him of the amazing week he had.

After hearing them clink around in the bucket, I thought that they would make perfect wind chimes! I made a trip to Michaels and picked up a starfish and some vase filler (that resembled sea glass and only cost $1.50 – score!).

I also stole fishing line from my husbands tackle box and this is what we made:

First I used a small drill bit and drilled through the starfish, shells and vase filler:

The next step is to string the hanging portion.
First I tied a knot – just keeping knotting until it is big enough so that it can’t be pulled through the hole. Repeat for each shell on the line.

I used three shells per line and three of the green ones.
You’ll need five of these and the key is to space everything the same so they have the chance to clink together when the wind blows.

To secure to the starfish, thread up through the bottom of the starfish and tie another knot.

You need to make sure that the knot is large so that there is no way it can slip through the hole in the starfish – it could be heavy with all the shells so really make sure it is secure!

I also added a middle line that we filled with the green shells.

We had that be a tad bid longer than the other five lines just for appearance.

This line will also act the loop to hang it so make sure you have extra line to do so.

String it up through the middle hole of the starfish and note like you did before.

Create your loop by stringing the line back through the starfish and securing in a knot at the bottom of the starfish.

Now you can hang on your porch and listen to the sweet melody and have a great memento from your beach vacation! It was extra special because Mason helped me create this piece so we also built a memory around that!

A few things I learned – we were thinking appearance wise when picking our shells so we went small to big (top to bottom), so the tops really don’t touch and clink unless there is a big gust of wind. All of the shells we picked would have worked if we had mixed and matched rather than put all the small on top and all the large on bottom, make sense?

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