Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America

November 4, 2000 - Issue 22

Starry Night Windchime

What You'll Need:

  • Small star-shaped cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Metallic silver paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Drinking straw
  • Black embroidery floss or baby yarn
  • Large plastic lid
  • Hole punch
  • Newspaper to keep your workspace neat
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water

  1. Mix the flour, salt and water together in a medium-sized bowl thoroughly, until you have a very thick, fairly smooth dough.
  2. Knead the dough on a floured board for a few minutes, just to make sure it's as smooth as you can get it.
  3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll it out with the rolling pin until it's about 1/4" thick.
  4. Using the cookie cutter, make five stars from the dough. Place the stars on a cookie sheet.
  5. Use the straw to make one hole near the top of each star. You might want to widen the hole a little to make sure it doesn't close up during baking.
  6. Bake the stars for 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours, or until they're hard but not browned. Remove from oven and let cool completely. (If you can't use the oven by yourself, have an adult help you.)
  7. Paint the stars silver on one side and let them dry. Then, paint the other side. Paint the plastic lid silver, too, and let everything dry.
  8. With the hole punch, punch five holes in the plastic lid. Try to make them evenly spaced.
  9. Cut five ten-inch lengths of floss or yarn. Thread each one through a hole in a star and tie using double knots.
  10. Thread each string through a hole in the lid and tie using double knots.
  11. Cut three more ten-inch pieces of floss or yarn. Thread each one through hole in the lid, keeping them as evenly spaced as possible, and tie them.
  12. Gather up the three loose string ends and balance the windchime as best you can. Knot all the strings together, and you're done!



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