Hi my beautiful friends! Today I’m sharing what I did with a bunch of spindles I found at an estate sale for $2 a couple of months ago. The lady asked me what I was going to do with them, and I honestly had no idea at the time. Obviously it took me a while since they’ve been rolling around on the floor behind my seat in my car since I got them!
Here they are:
I thought they could eventually make perfect handles for tool caddies or something.
Then my very talented friend, Wendi from H2O Bungalow invited me to participate in a tool challenge, so I came up with another idea for them.
The challenge was to create something using only one power tool. The tool she chose was a drill. Now many of you may be very handy with a drill, but there might be some ladies out there that aren’t as comfortable using one. I’m going to share how I turned these spindles into super cute wind chimes, using only a drill, and at the bottom several other crafty gals are sharing the projects they created using only a drill as well. Then we’ll move on to another tool for our next challenge, and so on. Maybe by the time we’re done, there will be a few new power tool users out there!
Here is how my wind chimes turned out:
Not bad, eh? I love these colors!
Making these was really simple. Here are the supplies I used to pull this together:
- Spray Paint
- 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 (real technical on the size, I know)
- E6000 glue
- Something to use as a top piece. This is the base to a thrift store candle stick
- Metal 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…
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 add to my garden!
Spindles just look so good painted…
I love the sound of them clanking together too.
I’m so glad I finally came up with a use for these old spindles, and that they’re no longer clankity clanking behind me in my car.
So that’s my one tool challenge, using only a drill. Pretty simple, right?
If you have a minute, you might enjoy seeing what my crafty friends created as well:
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Have a great day, my friends!
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