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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Perfect decoration for your clothes line!
By Laura from Long Beach, CA
Very unique!!! Love it!
Go great with a double-wide....
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.
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.
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
Pretty cool. What did you use for the clapper in the middle of the chimes?
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 : )
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 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.
We made a circle of beads with wire and hooked them together.
Tips and ideas for making your own wind chimes.
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
What have you used to make your own wind chimes? Post your ideas below.
My husband had a ton of old skeleton keys from his family home that I made a gorgeous and unique windchime with.
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.
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!
Small glass bottles can be used to make a wind chime. Just wrap with wire, add beads or shells to wired necks of bottles.