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Wind chimes can be expensive to buy. Making your own wind chimes allows you to use items around your house and customize the look of it. This is a guide about making wind chimes.
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February 14, 20171 found this helpful

Save your juice lids from concentrated juice cans and make these cool recycled wind chimes. This page shows you how to make juice can lid wind chimes.

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February 13, 20171 found this helpful

There are many items around the house that you can use to make wind chimes, from old garden tools to silverware. Get ideas for how to make recycled garden wind chimes in this guide.

Recycled Wind Chimes from old garden tools.

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February 15, 20170 found this helpful

This windchime is made from a thriftstore brass teapot and plate. To that add beads or whatever else you wish to complete the Moroccan inspired chime. This is a guide about recycled Moroccan windchime.

A windchime made from brass from Morocco.

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

Most recycling facilities don't accept plastic caps. This recycled craft finds a way to reuse them by making wind clackers.

Recycled Detergent Cap Wind Clackers

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

You can make a pretty, unique wind chime with leftover craft beads and odd pieces of jewelry. This is a guide about make a wind chime with old beads and jewelry.

Closeup of beaded wind chime.

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January 20, 20170 found this helpful

Vary up the finished wind chime by using different shaped and colored glass bottles to make several of these lovely chimes. This is a guide about how to make glass bottle wind chimes.

Glass Bottle Wind Chimes

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December 17, 20150 found this helpful

This is a guide about key wind chime. Many people enjoy the soothing sounds of wind chimes. You can make your own using old keys.

Recycled Key Wind Chime

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This guide is about clay pot wind chimes. Making your own wind crimes can add thrifty, beautiful sounds to your yard and garden.

Wind chimes that are made from a clay pot.

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September 11, 2009

Upcycle what you have to enjoy in new ways! I am using my broken screen door guard as a bracket in my bedroom to hold a birdcage planter and outside on my back patio to hold a small set of windchimes!

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By melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO

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September 11, 20090 found this helpful

Here is the upcycled element in my bedroom holding the birdcage planter. I love the use of architectural elements in ways other than intended! It is a step off the blazen trail & is fun,exciting & often "daring" to mix the unexpected!

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September 11, 20090 found this helpful

I love your idea. I always try to find new uses for items ready to be thrown away. Thanks for your pics.

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September 14, 20090 found this helpful

Both of your ideas are so cute and clever! You rock, and thanks for sharing.

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September 14, 20090 found this helpful

How very, very clever! Thanks for sharing!

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September 14, 20090 found this helpful

Great idea! That looks awesome!

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September 25, 20090 found this helpful

This makes me think of another use for them! I'm going to attach 6 to each clothesline pole (2 on each of 3 sides) to hang small things like pot holders and whatever (can't think right now, too early! LOL) But that's a great idea! If they are strong enogh they'd also be great to hang hummingbird feeders from too!

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September 28, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks everyone!

Cricketnc: I like that idea too!

They are pretty strong but can be bent or even broken.

If you have a demolition company in your area or a salvage company that resells things such as this,you might check with them for all sorts of beautiful upcycled items taken from houses before they are grazed.

They often have wonderful things & sometimes they are organized - other times not.

It's a great way to get great old iron objects such as fencing or maybe even an old piece of millwork or gingerbread to give your decorating project a little more character without breaking the bank!

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October 4, 20090 found this helpful

Tonight I snapped another pic of the broken screen door guard outside on my deck holding a beaded candle holder.

It doesn't take a big piece as you can see. It is slipped in behind a shutter. If anyone finds other ways to use this item - please post it!

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December 7, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks everyone! Here's one last pic (for now).

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By 4 found this helpful
June 10, 2009

Make use of old tin buckets and turn them into wind chimes. When the large chimes I bought broke from the wood ring on top that had rotted from the winter weather, I used my tin buckets as the base and bonger to give them new life and a prettier look.

I turned my buckets upside down to keep water drained out and love the look, but you could easily keep them upright and follow the same directions and even fill the bucket with soil and flowers planted in it to hang over and look beautiful too.

Approximate Time: 1 hour or less (drying time of painted design if desired)

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Instructions:

Note: If you are painting your buckets and spinner do that first. Let them dry completely then add 2 coats clear spray paint as a sealer. Then put all together with instructions that follow.

  1. Take your largest bucket, turn it up side down and using your nail as your hole maker hammer holes in the buckets bottom (this will be your top of the bucket for hanging). Hammer in 3 holes with 2 located directly across from each other (for the nylon string to hang the bucket, the hole in the center is for the spinner to hang from.)
  2. Then hammer 4 holes in the bottom side of the bucket while it is still in the upside down position evenly spaced out in 4 places around the bucket. This is where your chimes will hang.
  3. Do the same to your smaller bucket (which is your bonger) but only put one hole in the center of the bottom after you have turned it up side down.
  4. Take your nylon string or fishing line (I used black nylon string) and run a long piece through the bottom of the bucket on each side and tie it at the sides in knots to secure it for hanging.
  5. Run your string or fishing line down through the center hole you punched and tie it off in knots to secure it in place and let as much needed hang down to add your smaller bucket next (turned up side down) then your wooden spinner last at the end. You would have drilled or nail punched a hole through your spinner to run your string through and tie it off in knots to secure it as well.
  6. You can tie the nuts into the under section of each string you tie to keep the strings in place to make it more secure and not have to worry about the string coming through the holes you punched.
  7. If your chimes already have holes in one end of each one run your string or fishing line through the holes on the chimes and leave your desired length of string hanging from under your bucket and then tie off and knot the chimes to secure them. Do all 4 chimes this way.
  8. Hang and enjoy.

Note: If you use your buckets in the upright way filled with soil and plants keep in mind they will be heavier when hanging. I used heavy gauge plastic coated wire to hang the chimes high up in to the tree top and just tied it off and around a smaller tree so I could easily take them down if needed. The chimes themselves are about 6 foot tall so I wanted a large tree to hang them in. I painted a cabbage roses and hummingbird theme on each of the buckets and wooden spinner.

By Julie from TN

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March 7, 20100 found this helpful

Hi just a suggestion if you would like to protect your black string, fishing line or what ever sort of string you use! use some wax from your candles when they melt then when the wax has cooled dip a finger and thumb and wipe it along your string to protect it from the wet. It is like a protection from weather or use surfboard sort of wax and rub the wax along your strings it will make the strings you use like there water proof. Another is just a plan crayon and rub it along the string either way it should help, hope you like or enjoy my suggestion for you or those who are making this project, lovely work though.

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April 11, 20071 found this helpful

Tips and ideas for making your own wind chimes.

Making Wind Chimes

I use all sizes of natural wreaths as wind chimes. Going to a thrift store or yard sale, I look for the wreaths and gold dinner ware, or any unusual utensil. I drill holes in the dinner ware and using fishing line, tie them on the wreaths. The wreaths are level, which sometimes I use leather strands to make a "hanger" or I keep using the fishing line.

There are so many ways to make wind chimes. I use colorful beads, odd chime tubes, one inch tiles that are glued to a one inch piece of wood. Dig through your jewelry box. Those old pearl earrings could possibly be a piece to a wind chime.

By Tina Harrell

Sea Shell Wind Chime

A set of seashell wind chimes is a great reminder of a summer vacation at the shore. Kids and adults love to collect shells, and here's something creative to do with them!

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Clay Pot Wind Chime

We all love wind chimes. Me? I love the sound of wooden wind chimes. And this project allows you to have fun with your kids and create a chime made out of simple items. The end result is something to be proud of and looks great hanging out on the patio.

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Silverware Wind Chimes

Use old silver silverware for the best "sounds", and usually they are more ornamental than what you find in a dollar store or such.

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What have you used to make your own wind chimes? Post your ideas below.

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April 16, 20070 found this helpful

My husband had a ton of old skeleton keys from his family home that I made a gorgeous and unique windchime with.

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December 17, 20120 found this helpful

At the risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon, let me remind all the "wind chime people" out there that some of your neighbors do not enjoy all that chaotic and constant noise. The sound of silence is what we enjoy most.

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June 3, 2013

We made a circle of beads with wire and hooked them together.

Then we took maple branches from our tree that needed to be pruned and used a little screwdriver in the top of the branch to make a hole. We then screwed a little screw into the hole, and tied it with yarn on the ring. I put four around the ring of beads.

I put a final piece of yarn at the top and attached it to another piece of maple branch with green yarn. Then I hung that piece of yarn off our clothesline.

We like the way it looks like this.

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September 7, 2011

Where do you all find nifty centerpieces for your homemade wind chimes? I am so not creative, so beyond gluing a couple flat sticks together or old CDs drilled around the edge, I have no idea where to find these things. Thanks for any help!

By BonnieAlice

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

I always look at garage sales and thrift stores for all of my makings for wind chimes.

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

Have you thought of using old teacups, or mugs? Just take a glass cutter and make a hole for your wire.

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

I was making wind chimes a year or so ago. I used empty tin small boxes that candy came in such as certs and different kinds of mints. I also used Fishing Anchors or weights . So many things you can think of to use.

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

I live next to Ocean, so I always a breeze. I'm not that creative about certain things either but I have seen so many great ones. Hey Cd's aren't bad you can spatter paint them cut in different angles etc. so don't be afraid to use your imagination. I saw one I want to do and its perfect time of the year for it; old, broken or on sale; yard decorations. I like the butterfly ones in the center. But there are the ones that look like flowers and birds. Many ones in different sizes, colors, etc. I thought of sea shells because they are close so I'm starting there, maybe I'll post a picture.Good luck, you'll do fine!

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

CDs in colorful onion bag sleeves last many years. I found that drilled CDs shatter in the first good storm.

Different lengths and thicknesses of wooden dowels make a fairly pleasant sound in the wind. You can stain them, but don't paint them. Paint ruins the sound. Have fun!

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September 8, 20110 found this helpful

When making and putting up wind chimes, please remember that your neighbors may not enjoy the clatter and/or dissonant sounds made by some of them. Be sure they are musical and in tune and not very loud. There are still some out here who really enjoy the "sounds of silence."

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May 10, 2017

I need to find the plastic inside that goes in the metal pipes that the cord go into. Do you know were I can get them?

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May 11, 20170 found this helpful

use straws!

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May 11, 20170 found this helpful

Straws or conduits from the home supply store :)

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May 11, 20170 found this helpful

Go to a craft store like Michael's.

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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

Wind chimes are made in several different ways but usually Michaels' has something you could use.

Here is a link to find a store near you so you can give them a call and see what they have. Most items can also be ordered on-line.

https://www.mic  om/store-locator

Here is a site that shows some repair ideas:

https://www.hun  ular-wind-chimes

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February 27, 2016

I located instructions on how to make a tin man out of cans. How would I go about making a tin man wind chime?

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December 3, 20140 found this helpful

I'm making a handmade wind chime, but instead of hanging any object I'm hanging photos. Can you please suggest to me how to give sound with photos and what should I use to hang those photos? Please reply asap, I have to complete it by tomorrow.

By vibhuti

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