How To Make Your Tin Cans Sing

7 Materials
20 Minutes
Some people throw the tin cans away, and give up the chance to use them for this simple decoration for their backyard.
You only need two tin cans to build this magic device, then leave it to the wind to play and sing on this beautiful chime!
Get two different sizes tin cans for this project, and cover them with spray paint in your favorite color. Grab a few small metallic items for a beautiful end of the wind chime (I chose some Chinese bells), a few beads, and some fishing wire for hanging.
Use a nail and a hammer to make four holes in the bottom of the smaller tin can, closer to the edge, and another one right in the middle, like you would shape a star. More holes in the bottom mean more objects to hang.
Take a fishing wire piece 11 in. long, pull it through one of the four holes, then tight it to a bead to one end, and hang one metallic object on the other end. The bead should be on the top of the tin can, while the metallic object hangs below.

Repeat the operation for the other three holes, except the one in the middle.
Make a single hole in the bottom of the bigger can. To fix the bigger tin can over the small one, pull the central thread of fishing wire through the middle hole of the small tin can, and tight a small piece of wood or a bead at the end, to prevent the tin can from falling.

Pull the other end through a plastic tube then through the hole of the bigger can, and make a loop for hanging. (The plastic tube shouldn't be longer than 3/4 of that tin cans's length, and his role is to keep the bigger can up enough so the smaller one can move within.)

Check the picture above to see how the pieces fit in together.
Hang the wind chime outdoor, and let the wind do the job! You just have to enjoy the sound!

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Suggested materials:
  • 2 tin cans different sizes   (reclaimed)
  • Fishing wire   (reclaimed)
  • Metallic Chinese bells / hanging objects   (dollar store / reclaimed)
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Gabi Ralea
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  • Comiksitran Comiksitran on Jul 19, 2016
    Hello! Very nice project, I'm going to make one today. I am wondering though, for the string did you actually use fishing 'wire' (metal), or is it fishing 'line' (nylon) ? Thank you!

  • Jane R. Jane R. on Jul 19, 2016
    How tall are the bells? Where did you find them?

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  • Red Feline Red Feline on Jul 21, 2016
    Oh! I love it< I think I'll do one in copper!

  • Gabi Ralea Gabi Ralea on Jul 22, 2016
    I like copper too. There is another project that I made with tin cans and i painted them in copper, and they look lovely.