Make Your Own: Seashell, Driftwood Wind Chime

Take the time. Use the effort. Create the moment. 

Taking the time to make things special,  makes things special. 

Taking the time to make things special, makes things special. 

It is incredibly easy to be lazy. It’s such a seductive force. On a boat, it’s even more seductive. There are many reasons for this: 

It’s easier to not do a thing. For example, it’s easier to not make the cake or cook the fancy, involved dinner. Why? We don’t have an oven or dish washer. 

It’s easier to stay inside and not go somewhere. Why? We don’t have a car. We’d have to drop the dinghy and go in and lock up the dinghy and then walk miles. 

It’s easier to not shower because then we have to go to a marina to fill up the fresh water. 

It’s easier to not do a lot of things. Laziness feels good, especially when you’re being rocked by the waves. 

But we’ve committed to taking the time, using the effort, creating the moment. And we never regret that. 

How to Make Your Own Seashell, Driftwood Wind Chime


What you’ll need: 

  • Seashells you love
  • Drift wood
  • Fishing line (10-20 lbs monofilament)
  • Drill
  • Drill bit (5/64)

Seek out and collect all shells that make you fall in love. We’re talking about the shells that grab your attention, make you lose your breath. The ones you hold in your hand in awe at its beauty. The shells that make you wonder: Where have you come from? What have you been through? Take them home with you. 

Holding each shell between your pointer finger and thumb, dip them in fresh water. Relieving it of scratchy sand, dust, dirt. As you do this, think of what you’re washing away; what no longer serves the shell. Imagine the things in your life that you’re washing away, becoming relieved of. 

Using a drill with a small drill bit (size 5/64), apply equal pressure across the drill and press into the shell. Slowly, a hole will appear in the shell. The drill pushing aside small flakes of the shell. 


Prepare the bottom holder shell. Choose a larger shell to serve as the base. Run the fishing line through it, and tie 3-4 tight knots to create stability. 

Creating a stop knot. Next, create a stop knot so that they shell won’t slip downward on its line. It is held in its place by a knot. We suggest tying the knot 3-4 times until its big enough to not slip through the hole. 

Slide the shell on the line. Choose a sell to slide on the line and all the way down to the stop knot. Check to make sure the stop knot won’t slip through the hole. If it does, remove the shell, tight another knot on the stop knot and try the shell again. 

Loop around the shell once. Once you feel good about the shell resting on its stop knot, take the bitter end (the free end) of the fishing line, and loop it around the back of the shell and back through the hole on the inside of the shell. This will help the shell maintain balance and stay upright. Pull the line all the way through. 

Repeat the process: Create a stop knot, slide on a shell, loop the line around keeping about 1-2 inches between each stop knot and shell. 

Once you have a full line of shells you’re ready to attach them to the driftwood. 

Drill a small hole from the top and all the way through the drift wood. You’ll need as many holes as you want lines of shells hanging down. For our chime, we had 5 lines. 

Bring the fishing line through the drift wood holes - from bottom to top. 

Loop it around the drift wood 3 times. 

Tie 3 half-hitch knots. 

Now your wind chime is almost done! Next up, is creating the hanger. 

Tie fishing line to both ends of the drift wood, long enough so it will be an upside-down V. Then hang it wherever feels perfect! 

We had a blast spending our morning sipping coffee and making our wind chime, made of objects we found and collected with our own hands. 

Did it take awhile? Sure. Was it somewhat messy? Sure. Was it worth it? 

Every single second. 

Our completed seashell, driftwood wind chime! 

Our completed seashell, driftwood wind chime!