Wind chimes, available in sizes ranging from tiny to gargantuan, are lovely additions to any garden, patio, or porch. From custom made to mass produced, expensive to inexpensive, small to large, wind chimes offer a delightful way to add to the theme of existing decorations and plants. Homemade wind chimes can be especially clever and can make use of sentimental items, as well as items that would normally get tossed in the trash.
Even more enjoyable are homemade wind chimes that offer the added feature of personalization and sentimentality. Wind chimes are simple and fun to make. All it takes is a little bit of carefully thought out planning and initiative.
First, make a decision as to the theme of your wind chime. Then, you can go about the business of collecting up your materials. Similar to manufactured wind chimes, homemade wind chimes can be made from a variety of materials. Once you have mastered the art for yourself, you can use a little creativity and ingenuity to create your own.
Checklist of Items to Assemble
Depending on the style of wind chime that you will be making, you may or may not need all of the listed items. The project is more easily completed if the necessary tools and materials are collected prior to actually beginning your project.
- Small drill
- Cord or fishing line
- Glitter, sequins, small decals
- Small rubber mallet
- Themed items
- Item for the hanging center
- Sterling silver baby’s set including spoon, knife, fork, and small cup
- Collector spoons from various states that you have visited
- Antique silverware in attractive patters
- Interestingly shaped sea shells in differing sizes
- Hollow bamboo pieces
- Key rings crafted in metal
- Bottle caps - these will require some decorating. In fact, filling the cap in with a colorful mix presents a colorful wind chime.
- Begin with any decorating, painting, cleaning, or polishing that needs to be done to the themed items.
- Use the drill if needed to create holes in each piece so that you will be able to string it.
- String each piece with different lengths of cord or fishing line. Be sure to tie a tight knot to secure it.
- Determine the length of your cords to ensure some interaction.
- Attach the free end of each length of cord or line to the hanging attachment, be it a metal ring, wooden rod, hanger, or other firm item.