How to make a Seashell Windchime

We collected some amazing seashells while we were in Florida. Since I love my flower gardens and we had tons of shells, we decided to try to make a seashell windchime. My husband got out the drill and put some holes in the shells. (Remember that I don’t touch the power tools. I don’t have a good track record with them.)


How to Make a Seashell Windchime

He started with a very tiny drill bit and then progressively used a larger bit till we found which bit worked best for the shells. We also started with a small shell to see how it work.

Then we took an old windchime that had fallen apart last summer and used it as our starting point.

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We strung the shells on 4 lines. We decided to use 30 pound fishing line for our string.

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We attached the ball and decorative glass from the scrap windchime.

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Now we have it hanging in my flower garden.

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I have no idea how long it will last and I don’t know how durable the shells will be once they get blown around. But I’m really pleased with how this turned out.

Have you ever made a windchime? Any tips for what does or doesn’t work? I’d love to hear!

About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


  1. Starr says

    Just got back from a girls trip to Sanibel Island in Florida and we came back with a ton of beautiful shells. We have them sitting in bowls in our home but this idea is wonderful! I think at our next “art day” we will be making seashell windchimes. Thank you.

  2. says

    I’m sure you tied a knot in the line to secure the shells….how did you keep the knot from slipping loose? Mine always comes untied because it’s so slick????

    • Sharon Williams says

      Hmmmm…. I must have learned how from my Mom lol….. I didn’t tie a knot between each of the shells just made some sort of double loop but then I did a triple knot on the ends to secure the strings to the ring. (I just kept pulling really tight to make it secure). I used the 30 pound fishing line too…. You need to try this!


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