Well, I don't know why I keep calling this thing a "windchime"... I think it would take some seriously strong winds to get it to "chime" all by itself. I got this idea from my Family Fun magazine, and I thought it was so cool! They call it a "Backyard Melody Maker". I guess that makes more sense. We also saw a similar idea at the Children's Museum when we were there last month. After we saw it there, I knew I had to come home right away and rip this page out of my magazine so my hubby could get the supplies to make it for my son! :) He went to Home Depot, got all the supplies he needed, and made it right there in the store! It only took seconds to put together... and he said it cost less than $15 to make! Awesome! I bet it could possibly cost less than that if you already have some of the supplies in your garage! Even better! :) My son loves the noise the washers make as they're spinning down. He also likes to imitate them, and starts spinning around the room! We haven't decided where to hang it yet... so right now we just take it out every once in a while to play with it.... don't want him running around the house with this potential "weapon", although I'm sure it would make for an interesting day! ;).
You can check out Family Fun's article on how to make this cool instrument here. They also have a good illustration here. Or, you can just follow the directions that I got from my magazine. :)
What you'll need:
1/2-by 4-inch threaded eyebolt
Teflon (plumber's) tape
1/2-inch coupling nut
1/2-inch all-thread rod, 24 or 36 inches long
10 to 15 1/2-inch washers
What to do:
1. To prevent the metal pieces from unscrewing over time, wrap a piece of Teflon tape around the end of the eyebolt (the threaded part) and both ends of the rod.
2. Starting at the top, assemble the pieces in order: Eyebolt, coupling nut, rod. Finish by sliding the washers onto the rod, then threading the locknut.
3. Hang the rod with a rope or cord.
4. Enjoy your homemade instrument! :)
By the way... can you tell my son loves this thing? His little hands were caught reaching for it as my husband was holding it up so that I could take this picture! :)