How do you put old silverware to good use in the garden? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind: Turn it into a wind chime. Wind chimes made with odd bits of cutlery are easy, inexpensive and fun to make! With just a few simple materials, you can create a unique decoration that adds “music” to any garden. Once it’s hung in your outdoor living space, all you need is a breeze to set the dangling spoons and forks in motion. As they bump against one another, a different kind of soothing chime fills the air.

Whimsical Wind Chime

Home gardeners can learn how to play the spoons (and forks)! All you need are some old utensils and a slight breeze to create gentle, calming music in the garden.

Photo Credit: Lorraine Shannon

Sound enticing? Then let’s get started!

Materials

  • An old plate, small serving dish or bowl with a scalloped edge, or a colander or other kitchen item with several holes
  • 6-8 stainless metal utensils
  • About 18 feet of 15-pound test copolymer fishing line
  • Ruler
  • Hammer and punch
  • Drill
  • Small drill bit
  • High-speed rotary tool and countersink bit
  • Safety glasses
  • Plastic ring about ¾ an inch in diameter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Acrylic or plastic beads

Whimsical Wind Chime

Whimsical Wind Chime - Step 1

Whimsical Wind Chime - Step 1

Hunt for any extra or old silverware. (If you don’t have any around the house, check in the attic or at garage sales, flea markets or thrift stores.) During your search, also look for an item from which the silverware can dangle. I chose a scalloped dish because it already had places along the edge to secure the hanging spoons and forks.

Photo Credit: Lorraine Shannon

Whimsical Wind Chime - Step 2

Whimsical Wind Chime - Step 2

Use a hammer and punch and carefully make a small indentation in the handle of each eating utensil about ¼ an inch from the top. While wearing safety glasses, use the indentation as a guide and carefully drill a small hole into the forks and spoons. (I used a drill press, but a hand drill can also be used.) Next, use a high-speed rotary tool with a countersink bit to smooth the rough edges created by drilling the holes.

Photo Credit: Lorraine Shannon

Whimsical Wind Chime - Step 3

Whimsical Wind Chime - Step 3

Assemble your wind chime! Cut six pieces of copolymer fishing line, each measuring 20 inches long. (It’s always better to cut the line longer and toss any extra.) Loop a strand of the line through one of the open areas on the plate’s edge, and tie it in place using a square knot. Thread an acrylic bead onto the line, then loop the line through the hole in the bead twice again to hold it in place. (The clear acrylic beads I chose reflect light and add interest when the wind chime is hung in a sunny location.)

Photo Credit: Lorraine Shannon

Now tie on a spoon or fork toward the end of the line, again using a square knot. (A second pair of hands is helpful for this step because the line is slippery. Have someone hold the piece of silverware while you tie the knot.) Repeat for each of the pieces of silverware, making sure they’re evenly spaced around the edge of the plate. (A ruler helps ensure all six pieces of silverware are hanging at the same length.) As you work, lay your finished strands out on a countertop to keep them from tangling. When you’re finished, add a dab of hot glue to each knot to keep it secure. Cut the extra line off about 1/8 of an inch from the knots.

Whimsical Wind Chime - Step 4

Whimsical Wind Chime - Step 4

Cut three 30-inch-long strands of fishing line. (The length of line may vary according to where your finished wind chime will be hung.) Thread the end of one strand through one of the openings in the scalloped edge of the plate so it hooks onto the plate and the two ends meet back up at the top. Repeat for the other two strands of line, spacing them evenly around the plate so your wind chime will be balanced when it’s hung. Pull all six ends together above the back of the plate and match them up so they're even and the plate is level. Tie the lines into one big knot (making sure the plate remains level). Then tie the plastic ring to the loose ends and secure with hot glue. Your wind chime is complete!

Photo Credit: Lorraine Shannon

All that’s left is to hang it and enjoy (or give it to a friend as a gift)! Place your finished wind chime outside the kitchen window, in the garden on a shepherd’s hook or from a tree branch. (Hanging your utensil chimes near your food garden is a clever touch.) I chose to hang mine on the deck in my back yard. Whenever I sit outside to enjoy my garden and sip my Chardonnay, each gentle breeze that blows through brings music to my ears.