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How to make a Seashell Windchime

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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.)

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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!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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) 😸

  3. 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.
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  4. 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.

  5. 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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