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. Make your own DIY wind chime crafts, and use 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!




Our feature project above, is from ‘Inner Child Giving’. This is a simple tutorial for their DIY key wind chime. I love the bright colors they use, and the simple and repurposed materials. You could choose a more subtle color scheme as well.


13 Crafty DIY Wind Chimes


This hardware store hanging 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.



From Martha, this short, easy tutorial shows you how to make a simple seashell wind chime, perfect for an after vacation project with the kids!



A more extensive tutorial on making shell chimes, by ‘Kleas’. Step by step photos are easy to follow. They use embroidery floss instead of string, which I like because it ties easier. I think I would go for less color, but you can make it your own!



This flower pot garden chime by ‘Lowes’ is so cute, and super easy. Made with nothing but clothesline, flower pots, and a key! Paint it like they did, or leave it natural.



Create these colorful 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!



From ‘Michelle Made Me’, this summer time chime is simply bamboo stakes and pretty painting. I love how bamboo sounds striking in the wind.

Bamboo Chime collage


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




This bottle cap wind chime is from Krafty Katreena’s Etsy shop, and totally worth the buy. You could try making this yourself using a sink strainer top with an eye bolt, and jewelry findings (called jump rings) to string the bottle caps together.



Another inspirational idea, this bottle cap wind chime is from, ‘From the Alley to the Gallery‘.



More inspiration, from ‘Home Sweet Homemade‘… this sea pebble wind chime has such beautiful colors, and I think just listening to it would remind me of the beach!



Another one from “Home Sweet Homemade‘, this driftwood wind chime is beautiful… so talented to make these creations!



Our last DIY project is from ‘Maker Mama’, and it’s easy enough to make with the kids. This recycled wind chime tutorial uses tin juice caps and wire hangar! Enjoy your wind chime crafts!


Image Credits: Inner Child Giving, Instructables, Martha, Kleas, Lowes, My Home My Style, Michelle Made Me, Free People, Krafty Katreena, Alley to the Gallery, Home Sweet Homemade, Maker Mama


  1. 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

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

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

  2. 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 :-)

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

      Thanks Trish for the information!

  3. 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.

  4. 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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