Making Wind Chimes

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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 page about making wind chimes.

February 14, 2017

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, 2017

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 page.

Recycled Wind Chimes from old garden tools.

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December 17, 2015

This is a page 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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February 15, 2017

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 page about recycled Moroccan windchime.

A windchime made from brass from Morocco.

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February 6, 2020

Making your own windchimes is a great crafting project. They will add joy to your garden and can be given as gifts. Learn how to make a recycled angel windchime here.

Angel Windchime made with recycled materials

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January 29, 2020

Make an easy, pretty wind chime from a metal clothes hanger and some bells. This project results in a subtle chime sound; perfect for the patio or garden.


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A wind chime made from a metal hanger and colorful bells.

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May 15, 2018

Bamboo is a traditional material for wind chimes, making a soothing sound as they move together. Add this motion and sound to your garden or patio.

Bamboo wind chime in a backyard

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February 14, 2017

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, 2017

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

Closeup of beaded wind chime.

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January 20, 2017

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

Glass Bottle Wind Chimes

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May 22, 2012

This page 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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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

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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.

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 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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April 11, 2007

Tips and ideas for making your own wind chimes. Post your ideas.

Seashell Wind Chimes

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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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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 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, 20111 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, 20111 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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December 3, 2014

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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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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