If you like the sweet sound of wind chimes gently swaying in the wind, you may be interested in making your own wind chime. With very few materials and a little creativity, anyone can make their own unique wind chimes.
I will share several ideas of how to create your own wind chimes with very little, or in some cases, no money involved. Wind chime instructions are easy to follow and simple to make. The beauty of DIY wind chimes is that you can make them as elaborate or as simple as you’d like. Let’s get started.
The Cost to Make DIY Wind Chimes
DIY wind chimes can be very inexpensive to make. Some wind chimes can be made for nothing, depending what materials you have available around your home. If you use recyclable materials, you can make wind chimes at a very relatively low cost. All wind chimes are different and unique, but most DIY wind chimes can be made for approximately $20 or less.
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Making DIY wind chimes out of recyclable materials is not only a fun experience but a great way to reuse items that you don’t need or that will be discarded anyway. Recyclable materials could include old teapots or teacups, keys, spoons or other silverware, bottle caps, mason or other types of canning jars, glass bottles, beads, seashells or sea glass, terra cotta pots, or other items that you don’t need and would otherwise throw away.
The sky is the limit! Although these items may seem worthless at the time, you can experience the joy of turning something tired and old into something beautiful.
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Good Places to Hang Wind Chimes
The best place to hang a wind chime is an area where the wind will blow from all directions. For example, instead of hanging the wind chime right next to your house, put it out in an open area. A tree or porch is a great place to hang a wind chime.
Make sure that you hang it in a place where you can enjoy it every day. Some people prefer to hang their wind chimes indoors in an area where it can catch a breeze. If you will be hanging your wind chime indoors, hang it in a place where it is out of harm’s way, especially if you have young children or pets in your home.
Hang your wind chime in a place where it will catch a breeze (perhaps next to a window or by a fan or ceiling vent).
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Different Styles to Create
There are many wind chime styles to choose from. There is an endless supply of wind chimes available to buy in stores or online, but there are just as many wind chimes that you can make yourself. The following are different styles that may help give you some ideas before you create your own.
Vintage Wind Chimes
Vintage wind chimes can be made from many different kinds of materials. Common materials could include old teacups, spoons, and keys, or any other recyclable materials that you don’t need.
Colorful Wind Chimes
Colorful wind chimes, unlike vintage wind chimes, can add a colorful and creative look to your home. The materials you use will vary since almost anything can be used to make a colorful wind chime. Common materials include beads, stained glass, decorative ceramic planters, and painted terra cotta pots.
Seashore Wind Chimes
Many DIY wind chimes are made with seashore items like seashells and sea glass. If you live near the beach, you may be able to find some of these items to make your own. Maybe you have collected seashells or sea glass on fun family vacations and a wind chime is a fun way to preserve those memories. Otherwise, you can order seashells and sea glass online. Whether you live near the beach or not, a seashore wind chime is sure to bring style and beauty to your home.
Wind Chimes for Kids to Make
Making wind chimes is a great activity to make with your kids. Although your children can help make any kind of wind chime, some are specifically geared more for kids. For example, some DIY wind chimes require glitter and markers. This type of wind chime is perfect for kids who love art and want to get creative.
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How to Make Wind Chimes
Homemade wind chimes are very easy to make and require little time to create. As we learned previously in this article, homemade wind chimes can be made from many different types of materials. The following are some unique DIY wind chimes for you to make.
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DIY Wind Chime Made from Bottle Caps
Making wind chimes out of bottle caps is a great way to recycle the caps. Any caps will work for this homemade wind chime. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wood scrap
- Metal bottle caps
- Small nail
- Fishing line
- Thin piece of copper
- Tin shears
- Metal hook
- Place one bottle cap onto the wood scrap. Set the nail in the center, and tap it gently with the hammer. The nail should make a hole in the metal bottle cap. Once it does, remove the nail and turn the cap over. Tap the hammer on the sharp edges on the underside of the cap so that the edges get pushed down. Repeat this process until all of the caps have holes in them.
- Cut five strands of 3-foot fishing line, and tie a knot on each one at the end.
- Take the fishing line and thread it through the bottle cap. Tie a knot where you want the next cap to be, and slide the next cap onto the fishing line. Continue doing this until you have all the caps that you want on the strands. Leave 6 inches at the end without caps.
- With the tin shears, cut a thin piece of metal around 6 inches across. The metal piece can be any shape.
- Cut 4 holes on the bottom edge of the metal piece. Use the hammer and nail to punch the holes. Next, punch one hole onto the center of the metal piece.
- Thread the strands through the holes and tie them in place, so that each strand is a different length. Add a drop of strong glue on the knots so that it is extra secure.
- Tie the ends of the strands to a hook.
- Hang the wind chime and enjoy!
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Seashore Wind Chimes
If you live near the beach, you can collect your own sea glass. If you don’t, you can order sea glass online. Sea glass wind chimes are one of the easiest wind chimes to make. Make tiny holes in each sea glass and insert a transparent thread through it.
Next, hang them from a piece of driftwood and add a bead at the end to secure the knot.
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Vintage Teapot Wind Chime
If you are into vintage teapots, then you will enjoy making this wind chime. It is very easy to make and can add a pretty look to your home. Here are the supplies you will need:
- A metal teapot
- A bell
- Hemp, or another kind of tough string
- A drill and a 1/8 inch drill bit
- 5 minute epoxy
- Tie a piece of hemp onto each key. Make sure the hemp is long enough so that the keys hang when the hemp is folded in half. Do this for about eight keys. Also do the same thing for the bell.
- Drill holes evenly in a circle through the bottom of the teapot. However many keys you have, make that many holes in the pot. Drill one hole in the middle for the bell.
- Thread both pieces of the hemp in each key through a hole and tie a knot. Do the same thing for the bell.
- Next, you will need to add the epoxy so that the lid on the teapot will stay on. To do this, squeeze the epoxy on a piece of cardboard. Use the stick that comes with the epoxy to apply it to the underside of the teapot lid. Once you are done applying the epoxy, close the lid. Hold the lid closed until the epoxy dries. If you want, you can stuff a paper towel through the spout to prevent bees from making a home in the teapot. This, however, is optional.
- Cut a piece of hemp long enough to fold in half, and then loop through the top of the teapot. Tie it to the tea pot.
- Hang your wind chime and enjoy!
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I hope that this instructional article on wind chimes allowed you to see that anyone can create their own unique DIY wind chimes. It is up to you how elaborate you want to make the wind chimes with the materials you have available. You may use store-bought items or use recycled materials found around your home.
Or you may want to use a combination of both. Have fun with your DIY wind chime! Make it uniquely your own to match your personal taste and which will add to the beauty and charm of your home.
Sherie McGahee says
In this post I came upon seeing the beautiful chimes posted and at the top of this page. There is nothing I could find telling us how to make them or even a link to the page cto make them please anxi missing something!! They are awesome absmd would like to try to make them, Help!!
Eileen Pagel says
Dear Mariann: Your selection of chimes has something for everyone, for sure. The first one, the one with the rectangular colored glass slivers is one that I have been trying to create, but I have been unable to find those colored glass pieces anywhere. I have looked for orbs, slivers, discs, etc., but have found nothing to add the vibrancy of colored glass to my chimes. Where did you get those glass pieces? I need to order about a dozen.
Thanks for getting back. Have a wonderful day. Eileen
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Have a great day!
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Wonderful ideas with clear instructions, especially the drill size. I have never used one. You have cleared up a lot of the ambiguity. Thanks.
EB Edit@rs says
Hi, Lynne! Great! What wind chime did you create? Did you do it with your loved ones? because I made it an activity with my kids. Share a photo of your DIY wind chime and let’s see how beautiful it is
I am making a windchime with bottle caps and I have trouble connecting jump rings. When I read your instructions they aren’t the windchime shown. You said fishing line yet its made with wire as mine is, could you show the picture with fishing line? Thank you because wire is a time consuming project to me.
EB Edit@rs says
Hi, Debbie! When you open the page you can see photos with Photo Credit on the bottom with the name of the project, you can click that one and it will bring you to the page where there are steps of instructions with pictures. Enjoy crafting!