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Upcycled Casserole Dish Holder Wind Chime

When it comes to upcycling, creating wind chimes is one of my favorite things to do, and this casserole dish holder wind chime would make a fun addition to any garden or outdoor space.

Create an upcycled forks wind chime with casserole dish holder

What I used to create my casserole dish holder wind chime

silver casserole dish holder, forks and acrylic chandelier crystals

To create this upcycled wind chime I’m using a small casserole dish holder, some silver plate forks, and some acrylic chandelier crystal chains.

All of these items were found at local thrift stores. The casserole dish holder was 50 cents and the silver plate forks were 25 cents a piece. The chandy chains were $5 for a large bag and I’ll only be using a small portion of them.

Before using any silver plate items to create wind chimes you can polish them first if you prefer, but I love patina so I usually leave things as they are. Keep in mind that even if you polish them now, they will start to age all over again.

Supplies needed to create this casserole dish holder wind chime

supplies needed for casserole dish holder wind chime

Supplies List

  • Silver plate casserole dish holder
  • silver plate forks
  • 1 silver plate serving spoon
  • acrylic chandelier crystal chains
  • silver metal chains
  • 3/8″ silver metal double split rings
  • measuring tape
  • black marker
  • metal spring clips
  • one large key ring
  • pliers
  • rasp
  • drill
  • 3/32″ metal drill bit
  • lint roller

removing damaged feet from silver casserole dish holder

When I got the casserole dish holder home I noticed that one of the feet was ready to fall off at any moment. No problem. I decided to go ahead and pull them all off with pliers.

filing any sharp edges with rasp

After I did that I gave any sharp spots where the feet were a sanding down with a rasp, just to avoid any mishaps while handling the wind chime in the future.

Measuring, marking, and drilling the casserole dish holder

measuring around casserole dish holder

To figure out where your fork chimes will hang you have to measure around the casserole dish holder.

This one was about 22 1/2″ around and I’m using 12 forks for chimes. So I divided 22 1/2″ by 12, which means they have to be about 1 7/8″ apart. This number is used as a guide, but it doesn’t have to be perfect.

measuring and marking for drilling holes into casserole dish holder

I used a black marker to mark where the holes will go. Using my measuring tape I made my way around marking as I went.

drilling holes into silver casserole dish holder

I used my 3/32″ metal drill bit and drilled using the marks as my guide. Because this dish holder has a bit of a lip on it, I drilled down into the lip instead of through the side. This just makes it easier to attach the chains.

Tips for drilling into silver plate items

There are a few things to keep in mind when drilling holes into any silver plate items.

  • Always wear protective eyewear because drilling into any kind of metal produces small shards.
  • Place some paper beneath where you’re drilling. Loosely fold the paper so you can safely and easily dispose of the metal shards. Dispose of the shards after drilling each hole so you start each drilling with a clean surface.
  • Make sure your drill bits aren’t dull. If they are, drilling the holes will take forever and actually might not happen at all.
  • Apply just enough pressure so the drill bit can do the real work, but not enough so that it breaks.
  • Use a rasp to lightly file down the holes to get rid of any sharp edges.
drilling holes into silver casserole dish holder 2

Once I had the 12 holes drilled for my fork chimes, I drilled four holes on the other side to hang the entire wind chime.

cleaning work top surface with sticky lint remover

After cleaning my drilling area, I always run a sticky lint roller over my desk surface to get rid of any stray metal shards. They’re so small they can sometimes wander off the paper surface.

Hanging the casserole dish holder wind chime

adding hanging chains to casserole dish holder

The easiest way to build a wind chime like this is to add the main chains first. This way you can add whatever you’re using for chimes while the whole thing is hanging. I used eight strong 3/8″ double split rings to hang four strong silver chain necklace pieces from a key ring.

adding chains key ring at top

Here’s how the split rings fit onto the main key ring.

Adding chains to forks

hanging forks from chandelier crystal chains

The chandelier crystal chains came with single spilt rings, which are strong enough to hold each individual fork. The chains had different sizes of crystals in patterns, so I took them apart to create 2 sets of 6 matching chains.

You can, of course, use any type of cutlery you like for wind chimes. The silver plate forks I used are not in great shape, but perfect for projects, so I decided to repurpose some of them. I actually had drilled and flattened these forks last year, and they finally found their way into a project.

To learn how to flatten and drill silver plate cutlery check out my silver plate spoon bookmark project tutorial.

close up of forks hanging from chandelier crystal chains

Here’s a close up so you can see the two patterns of the crystal chains.

silver plate serving spoon on a necklace chain

When you create a wind chime from something round like this casserole dish holder, it’s a good idea to hang something down the middle to act as a clanger. This flattened serving spoon is a perfect candidate for this because of the wide surface area of the spoon. It will hang from part of a fun necklace that I found on my craft room necklace window valance.

casserole dish holder wind chime with forks for chimes

I attached the clanger’s necklace to the key ring and the serving spoon with two more 3/8″ split rings.

DIY upcycled casserole dish holder wind chime

And here’s my casserole dish holder wind chime hanging on the back deck.

Final tips for your casserole dish holder wind chime

  • The longer the chime hangers are the less wind it takes to make your chimes play their pretty music. I live in a windy area so I tend to make my chime hangers shorter so they don’t chime constantly.
  • Anything that stays outdoors for any length of time will age and wear. To slow down that process you can place your wind chime in a covered deck or porch. Always store wind chimes inside over the winter months.
  • It’s possible that wind chimes might scare your feathered friends so don’t place them near birdbaths or birdfeeders.
  • Silver plate pieces, whether they are inside or outside, will tarnish over time. Whether you polish them or leave them to age gracefully, like I do, is entirely up to you. Either way they will be beautiful.
forks hanging on upcycled casserole dish holder wind chime

The forks sway in the wind nicely and while they do chime when the hit each other, it’s really the serving spoon clanger that supplies most of the wind chime sounds. The flat serving spoon catches the wind beautifully and it hits the spoons while it’s dancing in the wind.

DIY upcycled forks wind chime with casserole dish holder

The miscellaneous forks look so pretty hanging from the acrylic chandelier crystal chains, and the serving spoon clanger does its job beautifully.

I’m guesstimating that this upcycled casserole dish wind chime cost me about $5 to create, and I’m super happy with how it turned out.

You could use metal measuring spoons, like I did with this vintage sifter wind chime, which come with holes already in them so you don’t have to drill the cutlery.

Just don’t use stainless steel because it’s pretty impossible to drill into.

I hope this project has inspired you to create a casserole dish holder wind chime of your own. They make great gifts as well. You can find more wind chime projects here.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.

How to create an upcycled casserole dish holder wind chime

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!

XOX

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2 Comments

  1. Debra Hubbs says:

    I think this is my favorite of this type of windchime that you have made. It’s just so balanced and pretty! I was thinking also any or all of the metal could be sprayed with Rustoleum paint if people wanted it in colors. I wish I had the patience to make one as I do have a bunch of silverplate utensils I could use. Hope you are having a nice spring. Weather here has been not so good. A lot of rain off an on with a few nice days in between.

    1. Thanks Debra! Yes, the metal could certainly be spray painted. I’m actually doing that on another wind chime project. It sounds like we’re having the same weather pattern here. There were a few nice days to be outside so I’m grateful for that. 🙂