DIY Wind Chimes
Our creative people take on wind chimes with found and vintage items
We love the sounds of spring, especially the soothing, rhythmic ding, tap and clank of wind chimes. This time around we challenged our bloggers and Etsy seller to craft wind chimes using mostly antique, vintage and/or thrifted pieces. We’re so proud of their resourcefulness. What do you have around the house that you could turn into a fun and whimsical wind chime this spring?
Raid Grandma’s sewing basket to create this whimsical wind chime, perfect for any craft lover. Made from a variety of vintage sewing and needlework notions, a simple embroidery hoop serves as a base for hanging aluminum knitting needles and metal thimbles. Hung with clear fishing line, they dance in the breeze, creating a sweet sound. A wooden spool of thread and embroidery floss finish the top for a little extra vintage charm.
This rustic do-it-yourself wind chime is crafted out of an old mattress spring and antique skeleton keys. I knew I wanted to use skeleton keys to create a wind chime, but the mattress spring was a burst of last-minute inspiration. Its circular coils function as the perfect structure to assemble a chime. I added the skeleton keys by winding silver 24-gauge wire around the keys and attaching them to the mattress spring. An old keyhole plate connected with more wire serves as a spot to hang the chime. It’s a bit whimsical (and I think that’s why I like it so much.)
Kirsten, Red Leaf Style
By taking apart a toy xylophone, I created colorful and musical wind chimes. I painted some stripes on a branch and hung the xylophone pieces from it using yarn. I love how it adds a fun and whimiscal touch to my porch!
Megan, Homemade Ginger
The combination of a trashed-out lampshade, crochet thread (metallic in size 10 thread), a 3.5mm crochet hook, large eye needle (to weave in thread ends and attach chimes), glue and some assorted jewelry and lamp finds from my collecting stash turned into this sparkly wind chime. Most of the gutting of the lampshade was courtesy of the shade’s previous owner. Reflective glitz was the look that I was going for, so first I chose gold metallic crochet thread. Using two strands of thread, I worked several single crochet stitches around the stays and the top and bottom rings of the frame. Most of my creating time was spent choosing the jewelry and the chimes. After some experimentation with light refraction, sound and “swingability,” I decided on lead crystal tear drops and the remnants of a broken 1950s necklace. These choices provided a wonderful accent of the desired glitz. Again using double strands of metallic gold crochet thread, I attached the beads and the teardrops using chain stitches to the desired lengths. I tied the center chime in place and secured the tie with glue. I then stitched each of the remaining chimes in place and also secured their attached areas with glue. The definitive layer of glitz was complete. After a mere two hours, that which was once a pile of “collected stuff” became a sparkling, chiming, messenger of spring.
Karen Glasgow Follett
My husband and I are renovating a 1955 Drummond ranch that we bought last winter. After some plumbing work, we were left with a giant piece of copper tubing. We thought it would be cool to make a windchime from items we have taken out of the house. Since copper is a soft metal, we could easily cut the pieces to size using a hack saw. Once we were happy on the amount and length, we decided to give the copper a rustic brushed look by taking 80 grit sand paper and sanding the discolored, dull layer off. Then we drilled holes in the top of each and attached them to the wood piece with fishing wire. The wood piece is an old piece of trim from the kitchen. It was a wonderful project that my husband and I enjoyed working on together! We created something beautiful out of items that came from our first house renovation, which otherwise would have been hauled to the junk yard. It sounds great, and I can’t wait to enjoy it for the years to come. It will be a good reminder of all the hard work and love we put into this house.
Abbie, The Marshall Made Co.
I created a wind chime using 15 vintage skeleton keys, which I spray painted in bright colors. You can find keys like these at your favorite local antique store or on eBay. I used a mason jar lid, four mini gold binder clips, and and some fishing string to pull it all together—it only took about 30 minutes. Hanging outside on our deck, it puts off a beautifully soothing, springlike sound.
Audrey, Oh So Lovely
Because I live in a loft downtown without a yard or porch, I love having reasons to bring the outside in. This wind chime makes its own song, as well as doubling as a dream catcher. This was one of the easiest projects I have made yet! I used an embroidery hoop and a doily for the top, then used ribbon and lace to tie bells, gears and metal jewelry to the bottom. I can’t wait to open my windows to let the spring in, and hear its unique sound!
Calli, fashion director
My son has a playhouse in our back yard. I wanted something fun and kind of junky to hang from the house that also made noise—and not necessarily a pretty sound. I also wanted my son to be able to help me assemble it. I had collected some bottle caps and found the rest in the “Parts and Wrecks” department at Top Hat Mercantile. My son and I searched for a metal top at the Salvation Army and thought the blue loaf pan was perfect. I used a nail and hammer to punch holes in the bottle caps and then drilled holes in the pan. My son helped me string it all together and he loves his new house decoration!