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.
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.
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.
Most recycling facilities don't accept plastic caps. This recycled craft finds a way to reuse them by making wind clackers.
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.
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.
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.
This guide is about clay pot wind chimes. Making your own wind crimes can add thrifty, beautiful sounds to your yard and garden.
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By melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO
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!
I love your idea. I always try to find new uses for items ready to be thrown away. Thanks for your pics.
Both of your ideas are so cute and clever! You rock, and thanks for sharing.
How very, very clever! Thanks for sharing!
Great idea! That looks awesome!
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 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)
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
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.
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.
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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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!
I always look at garage sales and thrift stores for all of my makings for wind chimes.
Have you thought of using old teacups, or mugs? Just take a glass cutter and make a hole for your wire.
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.
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!
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!
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."
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?
Straws or conduits from the home supply store :)
Go to a craft store like Michael's.
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.
Here is a site that shows some repair ideas:
I located instructions on how to make a tin man out of cans. How would I go about making a tin man wind chime?
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.