Hi my beautiful friends! Today I’m sharing what I did with a bunch of spindles I found at an estate sale for $2.
If you’ve visited the last couple of posts, you know that my hubby booked a last-minute Disney Cruise to celebrate the sale of our old house, which had been on the market since last August. (Definitely worthy of a celebration!) Well needless to say, we had a blast!
These are just a few pics I had on my phone. We also visited the Kennedy Space Center the day before we left on our cruise. We ate, saw Disney’s Believe and Beauty and the Beast musicals, ate, played bingo, swam, watched fireworks at sea, ate, road water slides and swam with dolphins at Atlantis, ate, got stuck in a rainstorm, played on Castaway Cay, and ate some more.
This last-minute trip left me no time to create something new to share, so I dug around my oldies and found this fun colorful project that I know ya’ll won’t mind seeing again!
When I purchased these spindles, the lady asked me what I was going to do with them, and I honestly had no idea at the time.
Here they are before:
I actually thought they could eventually make perfect handles for tool caddies or something. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love too.
Then my very talented friend, Wendi from H2O Bungalow invited me to participate in a tool challenge.
The challenge was to create something using only one power tool. The tool she chose was a drill. That’s the only tool I needed to turn these spindles into super cute wind chimes, and I’m going to show you how in case you have a few spindles in need of a purpose. 🙂
First here is how my wind chimes turned out:
Not bad, eh? I love these fun colors! (Especially after a trip to the Bahamas!)
Making these was really simple. Here are the supplies I used to pull this together:
- Spray Paint
- Spindles (Spindles from an old chair or crib could work too!)
- Topper (I had this bird with a broken beak, but you could use anything or nothing at all)
- Fine fishing line
- Drill and tiny drill bit (My favorite drill..nice and petite for my small hands!)
- E6000 glue
- Something to use as a top piece in which to attach the spindles. I used a large base to a thrift store candle stick
- Metal key ring (not pictured)
I scored on these spindles, but you could also use spindles from an old chair or crib.
- First I spray painted my spindles and my candle stick base with spray paint. I used white, aqua, and green that I already had left over from another project.
- When they were dry, I drilled tiny holes at the top of each spindle. Be sure to place a piece of scrap wood under the spindle to catch the drill on the other side:
- Then I measured, marked, and drilled holes in the candle stick base:
This will be the piece that the spindles hang from.
- Then I sanded them all to shabby them up a bit…totally optional:
- Next I started threading my spindles with the fishing line. I cut eight pieces of fishing line, one for each piece. I cut four 12″ lengths and four 24″ lengths. The 12″ pieces I pulled through the four colored spindles like so:
- Then I threaded them through the top piece…
…and knotted them several times so they would dangle and not fall through the small hole.
Can you see the knot?
The 24″ fishing line I cut for the white spindles would be the line that connects to the ring at the very top for hanging.
I threaded the line through the hole then knotted it several times before pulling it through the holes in the top piece.
- Then I threaded them through the top piece, trying to keep them all hanging at the same level, and attached them to the ring at the very top:
It took a bit to get the spindles to all hang evenly. I wish I had a secret for that but I’ve got no help for ya there.
I added this ceramic bird that had a broken beak (I just couldn’t throw him away) to the top using E6000 glue. This little bird originally came from Kirklands and once had feet as well.
I love the fun pop of color these chimes added to my garden! See more of my garden landscape from our old house HERE.
Spindles just look so good painted…
I love the sound of them clanking together too.
I love this fun new use for these old spindles!
If you liked this makeover, you might like what I did with this old drawer I found on the side of the road as well:
See what I did with it HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday with this bed I scored already painted for $15 at the thrift store:
UPDATE: No need to wait…see how I transformed this awesome find HERE now!
Now I’ve got some unpacking to do! 🙂
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