Give Your Old Nut Bowl a New Life

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I bought this nut bowl at a thrift store, thinking I'd use it at the holidays, but it never suited in with my decor. So I decided to take it outdoors!
This nut bowl screaming for a new life!
I hunted around the sheds for the things I would need to make a wind chime out of this bowl. I wanted to keep it simple, so I did no refinishing on anything and used only found objects.
I gathered up the following:
5 pieces of copper tubing, left over from a plumbing job, all different lengths.
A wooden lid from a candle, for the banger
A large pine cone that I found in Florida
5 small eye hooks
fishing line
yarn (not pictured) I wanted to use twine, but had none
one large eye hook for hanging
As stated before, I wanted to keep it simple, so used only hand tools. Awl, pencil hammer and pliers. I also used some scissors.
I drew around the banger as a template so I'd know where to put in the little eye hooks. Hammered in some starter holes with the awl.
Using some yarn (twine would work too) I threaded it through some of the eye hooks, then tied it off at the center , then threaded the yard through the banger, in which I had drilled a hole.
Using just a sharp nail and a vise, I hammered holes in the pipes, then threaded them with fishing line. I had tried using wire, but the pipes didn't ring nicely with the wire through them. Then I threaded the fishing line of each pipe onto the eye hooks.
Finished wind chime.
To hang the wind chime, I screwed a large eye hook into the bottom, now the top, of the bowl. Then the banger was set so all the pipes would hit it, then I tied on the pine cone, which acts as a sail, sort of, for the wind to move everything.
Suggested materials:
  • Nut bowl, wooden lid from a candle, pine cone, eye hooks, fishing line and yarn   (found objects)
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  • Suzanne Wheeler Suzanne Wheeler on Jul 27, 2017
    What lengths should the copper pipes be cut to?

  • Sassy Sassy on Jul 28, 2017
    Have you found that the rough edges of the copper pipes cuts the fishing line? That seems to be how my wind chimes (store-bought) fall apart.

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  • Cheryl Schmalz Cheryl Schmalz on Sep 09, 2017
    I got one of those bowls. Used it once! I may have everything right here. Except the big hook.

    • Choyce Choyce on Sep 09, 2017
      Have fun with the nut bowl, and if you have any questions, just ask!

  • Debra Gumm Debra Gumm on Sep 20, 2017
    Clever! I think the bowl would be cute with succulents in it too, right side up of course.