I love wind chimes. They are a peaceful way to remind us of all the forces in nature that we can’t see. Wind and water are the two most calming elements in the garden. You can use both to create backyard projects to add relaxation to your backyard. Make your own DIY wind chimes! Then hang them on your porch or patio, in a tree, or from a fence to add that little tinkle of happy sounds all through your garden space! So, you ready to get crafty? Let’s learn how to make wind chimes!

 

How to Make Wind Chimes

DIY Wind Chimes with Color

Our first project is from ‘Lifestyle for Real‘. She made these from small ceramic ornaments, sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol with a special paint technique. Every single one of these made will be one of a kind by the nature of the painting method. You could stick to just one color, add metallics, or make it as colorful as the rainbow. And we imagine the ceramic ornaments will make the most pleasant sounds in the breeze! There are step by step instructions and a full supply list.

 

Another colorful wind chime idea comes from ‘Inner Child Giving‘. This is a simple tutorial for their key DIY wind chime. I love the bright colors they use, and also the simple and repurposed materials. You could choose a more subtle color scheme as well. This would be a great wind chime to make with the kids!

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Crafty Morning‘ made this DIY wind chime with spray paint, some inexpensive metal washers and craft beads, a piece of driftwood or scrap wood as a base and twine. Make sure you have an open area to spray paint with good ventilation. This is another project where you can choose just how to customize the look. Lots of color, or simple with just one? Sunset colors, or colors of the water? All up to you!

 

Create these colorful DIY wind chimes with the tutorial by ‘My Home My Style‘. A flower pot and pretty shells, I can just hear the delicate sound this chime would make!

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Sea Glass Wind Chimes

If you would like to make a traditional DIY sea glass wind chime, then you need to jump over to ‘The Crafty Blogstalker‘. They not only have a printable template to help you properly space your wind chimes, they have full instructions with a how-to video as well! You can buy sea glass from several online craft stores like Save-On-Crafts.com or Etsy. Make sure you buy the type of glue they recommend… It is the gold standard in the crafting world and will ensure your chimes last.

 

The Travellers Collective‘ shows you how to use a drill and your beach treasures (like sea glass) to create a memento in a wind chime! You could mix other items, like driftwood or sea shells into your chime as well. Make sure any collecting you do are within the regulations of the beach you are visiting.

 

Inspiration, from ‘Home Sweet Homemade‘. This sea pebble wind chime DIY has such beautiful colors, and I think just listening to it would remind me of the beach!

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Easy DIY Chimes

If you want a statement wind chime idea, then try this project from ‘Sugar & Cloth‘. Made from a round, small planter pot, some wooden beads and some faux leather cording, this will take 10 minutes start to finish. And it’s so pretty! The chime sound is created by the wood beads bouncing against the neck of the planter.

 

This macrame wind chime from ‘Pretty Life Girls‘  is an easy project with modern boho vibes. You will need yarn, macrame rings, metal chime parts and this very tutorial to walk you through it. Lots of photos for each step, and links to further instruction if you need more help with the macrame knots. The result is a simple, modern feel with a throw back boho chic look.

 

This moon phase wind chime from ‘Curbly‘ shows every phase of the moons rising and setting. What a perfect thing to have in the garden! Made with oven bake clay and beads, this can be done in an afternoon. Always remember, the smaller the pieces of your wind chime, the higher in tone the sound will be. Be sure to go check out the photos of the moons close up. The beading within the clay makes these chimes so pretty with texture and interest. I’m wondering, if you are going to hang these outside, would it be good to spray the moon pieces with exterior sealer before assembly?

 

Learn a little about the history of the wind chime, then learn to make this terra cotta DIY project from ‘Garden Therapy’. And therapy these would be, both in the making, and in the hearing. Do you know where wind chimes originated? She does!

 

Copper Wind Chimes

We are in love with this copper wind chime made by ‘The Navage Patch‘. Made from copper tubing, some bamboo and some beads, this looks like something you would buy, but isn’t. They have a full tutorial for you, complete with step by step photos and the exact supplies you will need. Once you make your first one, we are betting a lot of your friends and fam will be getting some really great garden gifts from here on out…:)

 

If you love the look and patina of a traditional copper wind chime, then this project by ‘Hearth & Vine‘ is for you. They teach you how to cut the pipe to length, how to use hardware store finds as parts, and how to hang your chimes according to Feng Shui tradition.

 

This hardware store hanging DIY wind chime from ‘Instructables‘ is an inexpensive project. Made from copper tubing and the little copper bells meant for fishing, this is a pretty clever use of materials.

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Shell Wind Chimes

From ‘Hearth & Vine‘ these DIY wind chimes were inspired by the Nicholas Sparks movie, “The Choice”. We are willing to bet if you have ever been to a beachside neighborhood somewhere, you have heard shell wind chimes clanking peacefully. Now you can make your own!

 

Bamboo DIY Wind Chimes

From ‘Michelle Made Me‘, this unique wind chime is simply bamboo stakes and pretty painting. I love how bamboo sounds striking in the wind. Since this project is also so artsy, you will be proud to show it off closer to a patio or sitting area.

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Free People‘ has another take on how to make wind chimes from bamboo. They have directions on making a more natural version, and I love these ones using feathers as well. Lots of step by step photos.

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Driftwood Project

If you don’t love a loud wind chime, then try out this driftwood DIY wind chime idea from ‘Simple Nature Decor‘. When we first saw this project, we thought it was just a pretty hanging decorative idea. But she swears it makes a gentle sound with the driftwood hitting each other in the wind. In any case, it’s gorgeous, it’s easy, and it’s nearly free to make!

 

Homemade Heather‘ used beads and pendant with driftwood pieces and twine to make this very pretty driftwood wind chime.

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6 Comments

  1. Shawna Bintz April 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Old silverware from the thrift store has a beautiful sound. You can test before you buy by holding two pieces loosely by the handles and let them swing into each other.

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  2. Vicki Schmidt March 21, 2015 at 5:20 am

    flea market finds – child’s metallophone/xylophone. Take the metal bars off and string up as wind chime. They are colorful as is and most instruments have a great sound.

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  3. Trish W. December 5, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Copper plumbing tubing & EMT (electrical metallic tubing), aka thin-wall conduit; both make a nice chiming sound & are easily available at big-box home improvement stores. Solid metal rods are also really nice; try Radio Shack. To learn the best lengths to cut tubing / rods to get the right music notes, go to http://leehite.org/Chimes.htm This site has all the information anyone would need to know about DIY chimes – don’t let the “scientific” stuff put you off :-)

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    1. Kathy Woodard December 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Trish for the information!

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  4. Kathy September 5, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    How about something that really chimes? Can you show us something that has the magical muical sound of actual windchimes with the tubes?? Can something be used to duplicate that sound? I know dried bamboo makes a clanking sound in different tones created by lengths and hallowing. I love the sound of the real thing but dont know how to duplicate the sound. There has to be something we can use to create that musical lull. Thanks

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    1. Kathy Woodard September 23, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Readers? Ideas for Kathy? We’ll look into it ourselves!

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