Making Wind Chimes

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.

September 11, 2009 Flag

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!


By melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO

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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September 8, 2010 Flag
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I recently put together a rather pretty hanger/wind chime for the patio using lots of leftover beads, old odd earrings, bits of old brooches and necklaces, and some colored glass pieces from a broken wind chime.

Finished wind chime.

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February 15, 2008 Flag

Perfect decoration for your clothes line!



  1. Drill four holes around the edge of the lid of a peanut butter jar.
  2. Drill a hole in the center of four liquid laundry detergent caps.
  3. Loop two pieces of string (folded in half) through something shaped like a ring (I used a portion of a vitamin bottle cap for my hanging ring) and knot about 3 inches down.
  4. Thread each string through the peanut butter jar lid, knotting on the underside.
  5. Thread each strand through one laundry detergent cap and knot on the inside.
  6. I knotted the ends with a jingle bell to give my wind clacker an interesting sound.
  7. You can also drill a hole in the middle of the peanut butter jar lid like I did. Use a bead to anchor the middle string or knot it before threading it through the hole.
  8. Tie another bead or something else to the end of the middle string to give it a little weight. I tied a couple of jingle bells from the middle string also.

By Laura from Long Beach, CA

February 18, 20080 found this helpful

Very unique!!! Love it!

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February 21, 20080 found this helpful

Go great with a double-wide....

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February 21, 20080 found this helpful

What a creative way to recycle what normally would go into the trash!

This could even be used as a kid's craft or scout troop craft if an adult drilled the holes in the plastics ahead of time.

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May 14, 20110 found this helpful

June 6, 2009 Flag
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I make the wind chimes out of liquor bottles, wine bottles, and this one happens to be a wine cooler bottle. I use a glass cutter and cut off the bottom. I use a ceramic knife sharpener to smooth the sharp edges. If it has a screw on top, that's a plus.

Glass Bottle Wind Chimes

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April 4, 2012 Flag

Left over garden tools hanging from a garden decor candle holder. It probably didn't take me an hour to make this but searching for the pieces and figuring out how to place them did.

Recycled Wind Chimes from old garden tools.

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April 2, 2012 Flag
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I made this with mostly recycled items. Most of this you can find in your local thrift store. I used an old brass tea pot, old brass plate, and used planter. I then found some old plastic beads that my daughter had in a tin when she was little. I bought some old vintage mismatched silverware at an estate sale and went to Lowe's and bought a metal pipe.

I painted the pipe black with a cheap can of spray paint and drilled holes all the way through the top and bottom of the pipe. I then took a drill and drilled holes in the brass plate and ran a screw to hold the tea pot onto the plate. I drilled tiny holes around the base of the plate and through the silverware. I then strung brass wire through beads, silverware, and pipe. I added prisms here and there for interest.

This was a fun project using any type of recycled items. It helps to have some kind of power tool experience.

By Cathy from Stanwood, WA

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April 3, 20120 found this helpful

Pretty cool. What did you use for the clapper in the middle of the chimes?

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April 4, 20120 found this helpful

Sorry I did not add that in the listing, two (jingle bell sor Sleigh Bells) I had from Christmas and mounted them on the chain that holds the upside down small planter in the center of windchime. Hope that helps : )

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June 10, 2009 Flag
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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.

wind chime

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April 11, 2007 Flag
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Tips and ideas for making your own wind chimes. Post your ideas.

Seashell Wind Chimes

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August 17, 2009 Flag
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I have collected so much stuff from the beach, finally I put it to use. I hot glue gunned two pieces of beach glass, shells and rocks to string, then tied one end to a piece of wood (stick), then took a piece of ribbon and tied it to the end of the stick.

wind chime

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June 3, 2013 Flag
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We made a circle of beads with wire and hooked them together.

Maple Wood Branch Windchimes with Beads

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September 7, 2011 Flag

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

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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March 22, 2012 Flag
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Small glass bottles can be used to make a wind chime. Just wrap with wire, add beads or shells to wired necks of bottles.

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