How to Make Your Own Unique Homemade Wind Chimes

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

May 26, 2021

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Wind chimes are a fun craft activity to do with your child, and can be made from a variety of materials you probably already have at home. If you want to have a go at making your own homemade wind chimes, we’ve got some tips and inspiration to get you started!

Not only will you be creating something completely unique to display at home, you can also upcycle and reuse items you would otherwise have thrown out.

How to Make Homemade Wind Chimes

You can use a whole range of materials to create your own homemade wind chimes, including metal, bamboo, glass, shells, beads, ceramic and wood.

You can also upcycle old items, from spoons and keys to bottle tops and tin cans – even a teapot or colander to dangle your chimes from!

Each material will make a different sound – from a gentle tinkle to a stronger clatter – which you will need to take into account when you are deciding where to place your wind chime. The last thing you want is something loud and disturbing outside your bedroom window!

Getting Started

To create your own wind chimes, you will need:

  • A base which your chimes will hang from
  • A selection of chimes. There is no set number needed, and depending on what you are using and how big and/or heavy they are, you may need as few as half a dozen chimes or many more. It also depends on the level of sound you want from the final creation.
  • A drill or other tools to create holes for hanging your chimes
  • Twine, rope, fishing wire, chain, or similar to hang your chimes
  • Decorations such as bells or beads to add to your chimes (optional)

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Ideas for Homemade Wind Chimes

Key Wind Chime

homemade wind chimes

Do you have old keys that you’re not quite sure what to do with? Transform them into a real signature piece, like this unique wind chime idea from Oh So Lovely that also uses a mason jar lid, fishing wire, and some spray paint.

Flower Pot Wind Chime

Homemade wind chimes

Brighten up your garden with a homemade creation that’s suitable for even the youngest toddlers to get involved with. Thimble and Twig painted flower pots and used a mixture of beads, buttons and bells on several strands to create these flower pot wind chimes.

Washer Wind Chimes

homemade wind chimes

Metal washers in a variety of sizes are a fun way to create your own wind chimes. One Time Through painted one side of the washers in a mix of colours, leaving the other side silver to glint in the sunlight.

Xylophone Wind Chime

Xylophone wind chime

A child’s xylophone is both colourful and musical. If your child has outgrown their musical toy, you could transform it easily!

Remove the metal bars and create something special with a xylophone wind chime, like this one from Color in My Piano.

Driftwood Wind Chime

Driftwood wind chime

Bring the beach home with a unique driftwood wind chime. Going Home to Roost displays theirs indoors, which would be a fun décor idea for your home.

Bead and Game Piece Chimes

Bead wind chime

Turn your random and mismatched game pieces into something special, thanks to this idea from Art by Heather!

I love the random domino, dice, counters and play pieces – especially when combined with a colourful selection of beads that will create the jingle.

CD Wind Chime

CD wind chime

Using old CDs, you can create a really unusual wind chime that will glint in the sunlight and spin in the wind for a real sensory experience. Happy Hooligans painted the CDs and strung them from a coffee can lid for support.

Seashell Wind Chime

Shell wind chime

The next time you go to the beach, bring home a selection of shells to create your own seashell wind chime.

The natural colour palette of the shells really stands out on this wind chime from Poindextr, especially when paired with a piece of driftwood to hang the chimes from.

Tin Can Rainbow Wind Chime

tin can wind chimes

Use your recycling for a craft with a difference!

A Girl and a Glue Gun painted a rainbow of tin cans and hung them in a spiral from a crochet hoop. You could use a variety of size cans, or hang them at different heights to create a different sound potential.

Tin Can Wind Chime

tin can wind chimes

Another great idea for using your recycled tin cans is this one from Hands On As We Grow. It uses different sizes and lids, complete with glitter and metal washers inside for sound.

Spindle Wind Chimes

spindle wind chimes

Isn’t this fantastic? Confessions of a Serial DIYer created this showstopper by upcycling some old spindles and a selection of household items, then used only a drill to create a colourful and unique wind chime.

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Published On: May 26th, 2021 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: July 17th, 2021 / Tags: , , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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