Wednesday, July 30, 2014

20 minute tin can wind chime

Last year, when I did this Kids Summer Craft Camp, my friend Kaydee from The Sweet Life stopped by and wrote a post about pony bead sun catchers.   I really loved her take on this craft and wanted to do one with Lucy this year.  

However, like most things, I had to put my own little spin on it, so instead of making one big one like Kaydee did, we made a whole tray of cupcake sized ones. 

empty tin can
a drill
a hammer
a nail
super cute assistant

I set Lucy up at the kitchen table and told her to fill the bottoms of the tin with beads, just one layer. She decided to make one that was an Anna one (the pink and green one) and another that was an Elsa one (the one that is white and blue beads) because of course she is ridiculously obsessed with Frozen.

When she was all done making her patterns, we preheated our BBQ.  Yea you heard me correctly, I melted these beads on our BBQ.  I did this for a few reasons;  one, it's stupid hot in our house since we don't have central air and there was no way I was turning my oven on at 400 degrees.  Second, when these cook, they stink.  Like really bad.  So putting them on the BBQ outside, my house was spared the smell of melting plastic.

So I preheated my BBQ to 500 degrees.  I turned the heat down to about 400 degrees and then put my muffin tin on the grill and closed the lid.  I waited 10 minutes and checked on them and they had already melted.  Doing this again, I would check on them more often because four of my sun catchers got over heated and burned.

While these cooled, I spray painted my tin can.

The ones that burned, cracked when I went to drill holes in them, so don't overcook!

Like the windsocks that I made for Fourth of July, you will need to punch holes in your can for the twine to thread through.  I didn't want my can to get all dented so I stuck a piece of wood in it to hold the shape while I nailed holes in it.

When all was said and done, used 6 of the 12 sun catchers that we made.  I staggered the twine length so that they were just barely overlapping in length, this way when they move around they will clink together.

I just love seeing it from my front window too!


  1. I like Wind Chimes......

  2. Cute & Easy - Great idea to use the Grill.

  3. What a cute idea! I had no ideas you could melt those beads, much less on a BBQ!

  4. I wish I had a cute assistant named Lucy!! ;) I learn the most interesting and cool things from your posts/crafts. This is a super fun and easy idea!

  5. What a fun idea for a kids activity...

  6. You have the best crafts! Love this!

  7. G'day from Oz. Thanks for sharing this brilliant craft project. That is such a fabulous idea and the end result is so pretty!

    If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could share your post at my weekly Say G'Day Saturday linky party. It has just started and this would be a fabulous addition.

    Best wishes for a great weekend.
    Natasha in Oz

  8. Fun! We've done tin can windsocks and melted bead suncatchers, but I've never thought to combine the two. It looks super cute!

  9. This is awesome!!! I think that my kids will love this!

  10. love this!! I totally need to find some of those beads...they've been on my list FOREVER!

  11. What a great idea to use the muffin tins!


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