East Coast Island Inspired Wind chime

Last fall on a trip to a couple Islands on the East Coast I collected driftwood and sea shells. I have had ideas about crafts I wanted to do with them, but not the time, until now.

I decided that making this beautiful driftwood wind chime would be a good way to get a little crafty.

I picked out the shells that had holes in them already, and then a piece of driftwood.
Then I lined them up to see how I wanted them organized.

Driftwood and sea shells lined up the way desired

Driftwood and sea shells lined up the way desired

Then I grabbed my hemp string that I picked up at a craft store.

Hemp String purchased at craft store

Hemp String purchased at craft store

I tied the string onto the driftwood and pulled the string out longer then I wanted to wind chime to hang so that I had something to work with. I did the same for all four rows.
I then put the sea shells on one at a time (starting at the top) and tied knots to keep the sea shells in place (once completed I did reinforce the knots with some clear Elmer’s glue). I worked one string/row at a time to the bottom.

While working on it

While working on it

This is what it looked like completed. I still had to add the hanger and trim the strings, which I did after the glue dried.
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This is how it looked hanging up.

Finished (other then trim) hanging inside

Finished (other then trim) hanging inside

And here it is hanging on the back porch.

Finished and Hanging Outside

Finished and Hanging Outside

This was a fun project that didn’t take a lot of time, maybe an hour at most. It serves as a lovely reminder of our visit to the East Coast.