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.
We strung the shells on 4 lines. We decided to use 30 pound fishing line for our string.
We attached the ball and decorative glass from the scrap windchime.
Now we have it hanging in my flower garden.
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!
I painted some seashells different colors and used beads . I also drilled holes in shells. For the top I used a slice of wood and drilled holes in that.
Hi,how you make a whole on different seashells,
We used a drill to make the holes. Have fun!
You can also use just a hand drill or pin vise.
I made a wind chime from all kinds of shells (even broken oysters and a piece of driftwood for the top) There are not very many pretty whole shells on the beach at St. Simons Island and my friends thought I was crazy. They were very impressed with the final creation and I have a special keepsake for my 42nd year survival of malignant non-hodgekinson lymphoma. (I count my years of survival not age) 😸
I spray our shells with a clear gloss They tend to stay well outside, and give the shells a glossy appearance. The biggest problem is if you use the wrong type of line or top holding the shells. It’s always fun I have taken olive shells and threaded the fishing line thru and that also makes a great windchime.
Great idea! This is such a fun way to preserve and enjoy these favorite shells!
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.
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!