Although it’s technically been Spring now for five weeks, the green season has not really hit our backyard yet! Lots of brown mulch and many sprouts with a promise of future hostas and ferns, but not a lot of colour. SO – Onetime (my 2.5 year old son) and I decided to brighten up the back garden with some painted homemade washer wind chimes!
- a variety of steel washers from the hardware store
- acrylic paint in whatever colours your child likes (we used hot pink, orange, yellow and red)
- craft wire (got ours at the dollar store)
- a pompom and clothespeg for each colour of paint
- spray on shellac or podgy for waterproofing
- a wooden dowel or stick or metal ring to hang wind chimes
To Make the Wind Chimes:
Step #1: After Onetime chose the colours he wanted to use, I painted a base coat of the 4 colours on several of the washers. Older children could do the base coat painting themselves.
Oh, and we chose to stick to the “warm” colours of the colour wheel so it would feel springlike! And we painted the side with the washer code numbers on to cover them up.
We only painted one side of the washers so that the silver side would shine in the sunlight, but you could do both sides. After the paint was dry, I sprayed the washers with a matte finish waterproofing spray from the local craft store.
Onetime was not involved with these steps – he was more interested in watching Bubble Guppies I believe! This step probably took about 15 minutes…
Step #5: Find the perfect spot in your garden for these sweet tinkling wind chimes! (To be honest, I wasn’t sure how these were going to sound when I came up with the idea – but they have a beautiful tone! Yay! Bonus.)
Today’s post was definitely “craft” and not “art”, but Onetime was really proud of the painting job he did and I think he will admire and enjoy these in our backyard, as will I, for the rest of the season!
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