This strainer planter wind chime is quite easy to put together, and would make a fun accent to any garden deck or patio.
If you find all your supplies at thrift stores, like I did, it’s quite inexpensive too.
Strainer Planter Wind Chime supplies
large metal strainer
3 similar sets of 4 measuring spoons
9 ft dog leash chain (or any other heavy chain)
single layer key rings (double layer key rings will probably be too stiff)
drill with strong metal drill bit
Rustoleum Lagoon turquoise spray paint
cocoa fibre planter liner
glass of water (it was hot)
When I found the plain metal strainer at the thrift store for $1 I immediately thought of a hanging planter, and since I think almost anything can be a wind chime I thought … why not?
If you find one that already the colour you want that’s awesome.
This plain aluminum one needed some spray paint love. I taped over the handles with painters tape because I wanted them keep the natural metal.
Then I took it out to my handy dandy new water heater box fancy schmancy painting station, lol, and spray painted the sides and the top of the bottom with the turquoise.
I left the bottom, the insides, and the top rim natural as well. I really love the turquoise and silver combo.
Voila. Easy peasy.
For my strainer planter wind chime I’m using measuring spoons for the chimes because they already have holes in them… no drilling required. Yay!
I simply ran the single layer key rings through the holes.
TIP: Single layer key rings are also called giveaway key rings. They only have a 1/4″ overlap and are what you need for this project. The double layer key rings are much too stiff and will not go through the holes in the strainer..
The holes in the bottom of the strainer were spaced just the right distance apart so it was very easy to feed the key rings through… enough for 12 measuring spoons and something special to hang in the middle.
I measured around the top of the strainer to figure out where the hanging holes should be. Then I drilled two holes in three spots in the rim to feed three of the rings through.
Before drilling I marked where I wanted my holes with the sharpie.
Then I used pliers to deconstruct some of the dog chain into 3 equal lengths and attached these to the rings, looping them all into a very strong double key ring at the top.
Of course you can use any type of chain you like as long as it’s strong enough to carry the weight of this once it’s planted. I just happened to have a thrifted dog leash chain in my stash so I used that.
At this point I changed my mind.
It is a girl’s prerogative after all, lol, and it’s always my prerogative. 🙂
I decided that I didn’t need to use all 12 measuring spoons. I thought it would look too crowded, so I removed the inner 4 key rings from the bottom, leaving the one in the centre.
Then I made 8 short hangers out of the the dog chain by simply counting the links to figure out how long I wanted the spoons to hang.
I attached the chains to the key rings on the measuring spoons, and attached the other ends to the key rings at the bottom of the strainer.
I filled the strainer with leftover pieces of cocoa fibre that I had on hand. Love this stuff!
First I put a small piece of plastic in the bottom where the measuring spoons are hanging just so they don’t take too much abuse when I water or when it rains.
This also helps to stop all the water from draining away so the soil doesn’t dry out too fast.
I filled it with potting soil, added some leftover plants that hadn’t found a pot yet… some trailing petunias, a few begonias, and a dusty miller in the centre.
They were so happy to finally find a home. In time I’m sure they’ll fill in nicely.
And because I can’t leave well enough alone I added this sweet little stained glass angel ornament at the top.
Her little heart says Follow Your Dream.
And then, of course, I had to add a little bling (because I always always love a little bling) into the middle of the spoons with a large glass chandelier crystal hanging from the centre key ring.
It’ll be nice when the petunias are bigger and trailing more.
We sit on the back deck most evenings during the summer just enjoying the ambiance.
We tend to have a lot of breezy days here and now we’ll be able to enjoy the sweet music from the wind chime… along with the beauty of the flowers.
If you can see one of these hanging around in your yard make a planter wind chime for yourself. It’s really quite easy, and very inexpensive if all the supplies are thrifted.
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!