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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. I grabbed a piece of driftwood that was in the garden, drilled six holes through the middle evenly spaced apart.
Using 6 strands of colored jewelry wire, approximately 18 inches (45cm) in length, I threaded on all the bits and pieces randomly with the pre-drilled glass at the bottom. I left a bit of wire at the top, threaded it through each of the holes, secured it with some good knots, and voila! a really pretty wind chime.
So easy a child could make one, and great for using up all those odd beads, plastic flowers, metal do-dads, etc. cluttering up your jewelry and craft boxes. If you don't have many larger things to thread on, just space them apart by knotting the colored wire. They still look great and sparkle beautifully in the light. Have fun!
By Vicki7857 from Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia
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.
By Melissa M. from MI
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.
By Robyn 
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
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. I have done all beach glass, all shells, all stones. They sound so relaxing when they chime.
By moonseekerjade from onset
Perfect decoration for your clothes line!
By Laura from Long Beach, CA
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)
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
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
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Here are questions related to Making Wind Chimes.
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 DeBushe 09/08/2011
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."