Recylced Garden Art…..Silverware Wind Chime

There has been a lot of buzz about the recycled garden art that will be at The Linn County Fair again this year. Many people are looking for ideas or tips for what they could do for a recycled garden art project. So, with help from Mrs. Buzz, my mother, we have come up with some examples and will be providing pictures and more as we lead up to the fair.

The first recycled garden art that is simple to do and will last for years is the “Silverware Wind chime.” If  you are like me you have tons of miss match silverware and you just don’t know what to do with them. How about making them into a wind chime.

This particular wind chime used eight spoons and four forks. It is suggested that you flatten the silverware, this will give it a different sound when they chime. You can use a hammer to flatten them. Then take a 5/16” metal/tile drill bit to make the holes in the silverware.  Crimp beads were used to secure the fishing line to the light fixture. Every piece of this chime was recycled that includes the silverware, beads, fishing line, and light fixture. Now you look through your closet full of “stuff” and see what you can use to make your very own Silverware Wind Chime.

Windchimes made out of silverware

Wind chimes made out of silverware

For more details on the Recycled Garden Art Contest go to or email



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13 responses to “Recylced Garden Art…..Silverware Wind Chime

  1. That’s really cool and a great way to recycle 🙂

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  3. Robin Duncan

    I love the idea for the windchimes! I’ve also seen vintage silverware flattened then engraved with herb names to use as garden markers. Any idea what they use to engrave the letters on these?

    • Hello Robin, thanks for your kind comment. I am unsure of what they used to engrave letters on the silverware but will do some research to see what I can find. Thanks again!

      • Robin I asked Mrs Buzz to see what she knew about engraving on silverware. She said she had heard some people will use a dentist drill. She would imagine you could use the tool that people use to engrave info on their electronics and other such tools for identification reasons in case it gets stolen. Harbor Freight, Theisen’s, or building centers like Home Depot and Lowe’s may carry them, or even a hardware store. You could probably do an acid etch – something we did in art class in college. Dip the silverware in wax and remove the wax where you want to design etched. Then you submerge it in acid (but not sure which acid to use) and it will eat away where the wax has been removed, but not harm it where there is wax.

        Hope this is helpful!
        Ms and Mrs. Buzz!

  4. sue shirley

    im going to make this go to the flea markets and see what i can find i love windchimes great idea

  5. Denise Ericson

    I want the one in the picture!

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