How to Make a Seashell & Sea Glass Wind Chime

Today I am sharing a seashell & sea glass wind chime tutorial.

Have you read any Nicholas Sparks books? Or, have you seen any of his movies? Surely you have at least heard of “The Notebook.” Well, I like them very much and in a world of negativity and sadness, there’s nothing like a Nicholas Sparks story to lift the spirit.

You see these stories always have a happy ending. I like that, and while I was watching “The Choice” recently on TV, I was inspired to make a seashell & sea glass wind chime. Just in case you ever want to watch it, I won’t spoil the significance of the wind chime. 

Seashell & Sea Glass Wind Chime

Making Seashell & Seaglass Wind Chimes


Clear Fishing Line
Seashells (with holes drilled through the top)
Sea glass pieces
Small empty can with lid removed
Chain for hanging (you could use wire or twine)
Beads (optional)
Paint to cover the can (optional)

I knew that I had some pretty sea glass leftover from my Sea Glass Garden Ornament project from last year. I also had leftover chains from the Hanging Fruit Basket Challenge. We always have some fishing line, and I used an empty clam can to hang the strands of shells and glass.

Seashell & Seaglass Windchime Materials

Step 1

Layout your shells and sea glass in a pattern. This is where your creativity can shine. Make them as long or short as you wish. My one consideration is, that there is enough strands close together so that they hit each other in order to make the chime sound.

Windchime Top with Hanging Chain

Step 2

Puncture a hole just large enough to fit the chain through, using a screwdriver and hammer.

Tape chain to can- Seashell & Sea Glass Windchime

Step 3

Use a little tape to secure the chain. I used duct tape but any tape should work.

Measure and Mark Can- Seashell Windchime

Step 4

Measure the can, and divide the circumference by the number of strands you want to make. I choose to make 5 strands, and my can was 10.5 inches, so 10.5 /5 equal 2.1 inches. Place a dot just past 2 inches all around. Then you make a hole at each dot. I tried a nail and hammer but that was difficult. Believe it or not, a paper hole punch worked. It really doesn’t matter how you make the holes though. You could even drill them.

Thread Fishing Line through Shell Hole - Sea Glass Windchime

Step 5

Cut a piece of fishing line to a length several inches above your shell pattern and below. You can always cut the excess later. Tape down the fishing line leaving several inches above the tape, to a table. Then thread your first shell, starting at the top. Hold the shell and fishing line in place with your thumb and fingers, and place a drop of hot glue on the inside of the drilled hole, on top of the fishing line. Hold for a few seconds and set down. Take the next shell and space it a few inches below the first one, leaving room for the sea glass, and place a drop of glue over the inside hole and fishing line. Continue until you are finished with the  strand. Do the same process with the other strands.

Glue Seaglass to Fishing Line - Seashell Windchime Tutorial

Step 6

Add the sea glass by placing a line of hot glue on the glass and setting it in place under the fishing line. Add additional glue on top of the fishing line.

Seashell & Sea Glass Wind Chime  - Finished Strands

Add beads to the bottom if you wish, by threading through the fishing line and tying off with a double knot.

Step 7

Paint the can with craft paint if desired, then once dry thread the top of the strands through the holes in the can at the length you want and tie off with a couple of knots.

Seashell & Seaglass Windchime  - Hanging in Window

Hang your beautiful Seashell & Sea Glass Wind Chime and enjoy.



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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Patti you are so amazing with all your talents – I love this project! I agree with happy endings and seem to be seeking them. I’m currently watching a Hallmark series that began with Love Comes Softly – produced by Michael Landon Jr. Anyways a time frame I probably should have been born in and so comforting with all the chaos of the world we live in today. I need that escape from it all and the sound of a wind chime is a great escape. Thanks for sharing this project!

    • Hi Carole,

      So glad you liked the project. We are working on our porch so I think it will be a nice addition. By the way, I love that series on Hallmark. I’ve watched several of them in the past but I think there may be more. Thanks for reminding me about them. I’ll have to check it out!

  2. Margie S. says:

    Do the shells come pre-drilled or do you have to drill them?

    Isn’t fishing line strong enough to tie.through the holes in the shells? I’ve never fished, but I would think tying a metal hook on, then landing a huge, fighting fish would require strong line…stronger than a spot of glue.

    I don’t have a porch but.I think I have to buy some of those “shepherd’s crook” stakes at the garden supply, so I can start a “windchime garden” near my patio. Oh, and I must read “The Choice” while.I listen to that garden “sing” to me.

    • Hi Margie,

      I drilled them. It was really easy with an electric drill and a small bit. I place the seashell on a piece of wood and drilled straight through. Yes, you could tie the shells on instead of gluing them but I personally was worried about the fine fishing line getting all tangled up so I decided to glue it. I also think your shepherd hook idea is a great one. I have a homemade rain chain on one of mine in the garden. Hope you enjoy your chimes and the book.

  3. If you have left over shells you can glue them on the tin can for a more beautiful look

  4. Hello,
    I am totally new to arts & crafts and apologise in advance for this silly question…but what glue do you use that is hot?
    Many thanks,
    The Newbie 🙂

    • Hi Angela,

      When I say hot glue I mean I’m using a hot glue gun. You can find them any place that sells crafts. Even hardward stores sometimes sells them.
      Thanks for stopping by,

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