DIY Spindle Wind Chimes

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Hi Hometalkers! Today I'm sharing a fun project I created using some estate sale spindles I found a couple of months ago. This was part of a one-tool challenge where we had to create something using only one power tool, and for this round, we could only use a drill. Here's what I came up with:
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Cute right? They started out like this...
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They were only $2! They've actually been rolling around on the floorboard of my car since I bought them.
Here is what you'll need to complete this project (missing is a ring to hang them):
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I got lucky with finding these spindles, but you could use spindles from an old chair or crib also.
I started by spray painting my pieces. The round piece is what the chimes will hang from and is actually the base to a thrift store candle stick:
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Next I drilled a tiny hole in the top of each spindle:
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And in the top piece of my chimes:
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Then I threaded 12" pieces fine fishing line through the colored spindles...
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And up through the top, then I knotted it several times to prevent them from pulling through:
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For the white spindles, since these would be the ones that will be attached to the ring to hang at the very top, I used 24" pieces of fine fishing line. I threaded them through the hole of the spindle, and then knotted them several times before threading them through the top piece:
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Then I attached them to the ring at the top:
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This sweet bird had a chipped beak, but I just couldn't throw him away. He made the perfect topper! I attached him with E6000 glue.
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I love the fun pop of color that this adds to my garden!
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I just love painted spindles...
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As you can see, I sanded these a bit as well.
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Not a bad new life for those old spindles, eh?
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