There is nothing that relaxes me more than listening to my wind chimes. I have several because I can never decide on my favorite sound. Each one offers such a beautiful melody and depending on what it’s made of, it could be deep or angelic. There’s just so much beauty in wind chimes that I thought maybe you all would like to make your own. So, I got busy and collected 40 of the most beautifully sounding wind chimes that you can make yourself. These not only sound beautiful but they look great as well and they’re easy for you to DIY. If you love wind chimes, too, then you are definitely going to love this project collection.
From vintage teapots and cups to bamboo and bottle caps, there is a wind chime in here that you are sure to fall in love with. Many of these are completely made from scratch so they won’t cost you much at all and some are repurposed from other items, again, a cheap way to get a beautiful and relaxing wind chime, right? You know how much I love to repurpose and to add beauty to my home and garden. Just take a look at these 20 amazing ways to repurpose old chairs. This is still one of my favorite repurposing lists.
Wind chimes are always a wonderful gift, too. If you have an upcoming wedding or someone special is having a birthday or wedding anniversary, you can totally make a wind chime for them and I promise you they will love it. Wind chimes have always been among my favorite gifts to receive and they are perfect when you need to buy something for someone who seems to already have everything. You’re also going to want to check out these 50 jaw dropping ideas for upcycling tin cans. There are wonderful gift ideas in there, as well.
So if you’re ready, we’ll take a look at some of the most gorgeous wind chimes you’ve ever seen. You can easily make these in an afternoon and some won’t take longer than an hour. When you’re finished, you’ll have beautiful wind chimes that will instantly improve your outdoors and give you a wonderful sound when the wind gently blows.
1. Vintage Metal Teapot Wind Chime
You can turn an old metal teapot – or coffee pot for that matter – into a gorgeous wind chime that sounds amazing when the wind blows. The chimes on this one are old spoons and other silver cutlery which has a beautiful sound when it clinks against the teapot. Tie your chimes to the teapot with hemp, twine or regular rope and sit back and listen to the wonderful sounds it makes.
2. DIY Bottle Cap Wind Chime
You can save bottle caps from drinks or buy them at most craft stores. When you have a few, turn them into a gorgeous wind chime. I’ve seen this done in many ways and all of them are great. If you want a more vintage look, leave your bottle caps as they are. If you prefer something more modern and colorful, you can spray paint each one. Then just string them all up together and add any decorative properties that you want.
3. Chain Heart Valentine Wind Chime
This heart made of chains is not only rustically beautiful; it also gives off a wonderful sound when the wind hits it. You make it with an old chain, some metal for the base and a wooden post to show it off. This is a really easy project to do, and it’s a unique take on the traditional wind chime. You could do this in any number of shapes to make it more unique.
4. Easy DIY Colorful Wind Chime
This beautifully colored wind chime is made with an inverted terra cotta planter and the chimes are made from colorful glass shells. You can find these at most hobby or craft stores. The shells are tied together with invisible cord or you could even use fishing line if you already have some on hand. This entire project costs less than $20 and that’s if you have to buy everything.
5. Handmade Sun Catcher Wind Chime
Sun catchers are gorgeous, especially when they’re combined with a wind chime so you get beautiful colors and sounds. You can completely make this one yourself from melted plastic and beads. You melt the plastic yourself, which you should do outdoors if at all possible so that you’re not smelling that horrid melted plastic smell. When it’s finished, this is a gorgeous sun catcher that is filled with color.
6. Natural Wood Chime
You can make this natural wind chime from a branch or piece of driftwood. The chimes are organic clay shapes, which you can pick up at any hobby or craft store, or make them yourself. This one offers a beautiful melody and would be perfect to hang in the garden or on the back deck, wherever you want to add some natural beauty.
7. Beautiful DIY Driftwood Wind Chime
This beautiful chime is made from all driftwood, so the sound you get is more of a deeper clank than a metal bell sound. It’s a pretty easy project, too. You’ll need driftwood and then a drill to make holes. You just string the driftwood together with rope or twine and then hang it on the porch for a lovely natural sound.
8. Upcycled Stained Glass Sun Catcher Wind Chime
This stained glass sun catcher and wind chime is gorgeous and it gives off a lovely sound. It’s made with stained glass squares that are tied together with beaded cord and they hang from a wine bottle. I found this one on Etsy for around $60 and it’s made from an upcycled wine bottle and has more than 26 pieces of stained glass overall.
9. Rustic DIY Flatware Wind Chime
You can create a beautifully sounding wind chime and upcycle that old flatware at the same time. If you have some old silver spoons and forks that you aren’t using any longer, you can turn them into this lovely wind chime with some fishing line and a few other key supplies. This one is as rustic as it is lovely and is perfect if you’re looking to add a farmhouse quality to your outdoors.
10. Glass Cube Wind Chime
Glass tiles give this wind chime a lovely sound when the breeze hits it. This is a really easy one to make and for the base, you can just use a small branch or piece of driftwood. You just drill a hole into the glass tiles, just large enough to fit the line through and then hang. You have a lot of creativity with this one too, depending on the actual tiles and colors that you buy.
11. Vintage Treasures Wind Chime
This is a wonderful way to preserve some memories and create something new at the same time. This vintage treasures wind chime is made with old keys, jewelry and other items that all fit together perfectly. Just look around and see what you have on hand that might make a wonderful sound when in the breeze and put it all together to see what you can create.
12. Rustic Mason Jar Lid Chime
Turn those old mason jar lids into a beautiful wind chime this summer. This is an excellent craft for the kiddos when they get bored over the summer. Just paint the lids from your old canning projects and drill a hole big enough to fit some twine through. Then just string them all up and attach to a base of some sort. An embroidery hoop works perfectly for the base.
13. Vintage Mason Jar Wind Chime
An old mason jar can be cut in half to make a lovely vintage wind chime. This is the perfect chime if you’re looking for that country look and it’s really elegant with beads and other pieces flowing down from it. The jar works as the base and glass beads and old costume jewelry can be used to make the chimes.
14. Melted Bead Heart Wind Chime
This lovely heart wind chime is made from melted beads. You can put the beads in a silicon mold and then bake them to create your shapes. This is an excellent project for little ones. They can help to fill up the molds and even choose the colors that they want to use to make their wind chime.
15. Upcycled Game Piece Wind Chime
What do you do with an old baking tin and some game pieces? You make a wind chime out of them. I love this idea! The base is an old bundt pan, although you could use any number of things for this. The chimes are game pieces like dice, monopoly pieces, dominoes, and others and they’re strung together with fishing wire with a few beads thrown in for beauty and sound.
16. Shabby Chic DIY Wind Chime
This shabby chic wind chime uses old skeleton keys and faux pearls to give it a very unique look. The keys sound beautiful when they blow in the wind and the entire chime is just gorgeous. If you want something elegant with just a little kick of creative, this is definitely an idea for you to try. And, if you don’t have any old skeleton keys, you can pick them up at flea markets and thrift stores for less than a dollar each in most cases.
17. Vintage Pot Strainer Wind Chime
You can literally make something out of anything. This pot strainer wind chime is proof of that. The base is a vintage pot strainer and the chimes are made of silverware or other old kitchen utensils. It has a wonderful rustic farmhouse look that I love and sounds amazing in the wind. I saw this one on Etsy and knew that I had to share it with you. You can pick it up for around $18.
18. Kids Craft – DIY Key Wind Chime
This colorful wind chime is the perfect thing for kids to make when its rainy outside. You make it from keys that are painted all sorts of bright colors and tie the keys to a branch or stick with ribbon. If you’re like me, you have all sorts of old keys that you don’t use anymore – because you don’t know what they go to. This would be the perfect way to put those otherwise useless keys to good use and give the kids a craft to keep them busy.
19. Repurposed Flower Pot Wind Chime
A few terra cotta planters make a wonderful wind chime when you add some string and a ringer. You can choose any number of things to make your chime. The beauty of this project is in the terra cotta base. Paint those pots to match your outdoor décor or to make a really great contrasting statement. This entire project shouldn’t cost more than $10 if you have to buy everything.
20. Seashell Wind Chime
If you love the beach and you want to bring some of it home with you – if you aren’t lucky enough to live on the coast, that is – this seashell wind chime is perfect. Gather up those shells the next time you go on vacation or you can buy bags of shells at craft stores and sometimes at the Dollar Store. String them up with fishing line and attach to a piece of driftwood and you’ll be reminded of those beautiful waves every time the wind blows.
21. Upcycled Tin Can Wind Chime
This upcycled tin can wind chime is great. Not only is it lovely to look at and beautiful to listen to, it helps you to use up some of those empty tin cans that you would otherwise throw in the trash. I love anything that helps me to turn trash to treasure and this wind chime is certainly a treasure. Gather up your cans and let the kids help you paint and decorate them. Then just string them up and you’re all set.
22. DIY Bamboo Wind Chime
I love bamboo wind chimes. I think they offer the most relaxing sound but they can be a bit expensive. Unless you make this DIY version, that is. If you live where wild bamboo grows – we have a lot of it here in the South – then you can make this for nothing. If not, then you can buy bamboo sticks at most hardware or home improvement stores or even hobby stores. You’ll love the sound that this one makes when the wind hits it.
23. Recycled Flour Sifter Wind Chime
This wind chime is made from an old flour sifter and some silverware. It has a wonderful rustic quality to it and decorative beads to give it color. I love the idea of putting that old flour sifter to use – I have one that I’ve been wondering how to repurpose. This little gem is on Etsy for $18, or you could totally DIY it if you wanted. Just find an old sifter and a few old pieces of silverware and put it all together.
24. Vintage Teacup Wind Chime
I love decorating with vintage teacups and saucers. This little wind chime is just another wonderful way to repurpose that old china and make it new again. You just use the teacup as the base and then add the string with your bell or something that will give a nice chime when the wind hits it. I think gluing the saucer to the bottom of the cup before you turn it upside down would also look really nice.
25. DIY Ceramic Tea Pot Wind Chime
This ceramic or china tea pot wind chime idea is wonderful. I love the look of vintage tea pots in general, and especially when they’re hanging on the porch and offering beautiful melodies when the wind blows. This one is really easy, too. You just take that tea pot and hang beads, rings, or other trinkets from the spout and then hang it up via the handle.
26. Vintage Cookie Cutter Wind Chimes
Those metal cookie cutters will really come in handy when it comes to creating rustic wind chimes. This is a wonderful way to use up some of those old metal kitchen pieces and get a beautiful decoration at the same time. Just hang wire from the cutters and add beads and other trinkets to give them a wonderful sound. You could also use small silverware or other kitchen accessories that have a nice vintage look.
27. Repurposed Whisk Wind Chime
An old whisk – or a new one if you prefer – and some silverware make a wonderful wind chime for the kitchen or the back porch. Just hang some fishing line from the tines of the whisk and attach your spoons, forks, and knives. You could also add beads to the line if you want a more decorative look. This is one of the easiest DIY wind chimes on the list and it’s one of my favorites.
28. Upcycled Wine Bottle Wind Chimes
You can use wine bottles to create a beautiful wind chime and without having to cut them in half. Just tie them all up together and when the wind blows, you’ll have a wonderful sound from the bottles gently clinking together. You tie them together with wire around the spout and you can add as many wine bottles as you have on hand.
29. Easy DIY Copper Tubing Wind Chime
I have a rather large copper tubing wind chime that I bought a few years ago. Let me tell you, it wasn’t cheap. I really wish I had seen this DIY version earlier. You’re still going to have to pay for copper tubing, unless you have some on hand, but this is a much less expensive option than buying a copper wind chime outright and it lets you customize it however you want. Plus, copper clinking together when the wind hits it is the most relaxing sound in the world.
30. Handmade Ceramic Stone Wear Wind Chime
This wind chime is made from ceramic stone figurines and it’s great. You can pick up figurines like these at the Dollar Store. Then you just drill a hole in them and hang them from a ceramic planter with rope or twine. Or, you could just grab this one that I found on Etsy – it’s already done for you. It has a little ceramic squirrel with acorns and you can get it for under $40 – and it’s all completely handmade.
31. Repurposed Ice Cream Spoon Chime
Here’s another great project that the kids can help you with. This wind chime is made out of repurposed ice cream spoons and it’s adorable. You’ll need a soft plastic lid for the base along with a few ice cream spoons and small bells, feathers, beads and other decorations. Kids will love helping to craft and customize this one and you’ll love the look and the sound of it when it’s finished.
32. Elegant Silver Goblet Wind Chimes
Silver goblets are beautiful and add so much elegance when you use them for décor, even when you use them for outdoor décor like in the case of this wind chime. The goblets make a wonderful sound when the wind hits them and they brush against each other. This is a really simple project and you can often find these old goblets at thrift stores and yard sales for around $10 a set. Just create a base and then add your goblets and maybe a few beads or other decorations.
33. DIY Candy Heart Wind Chimes
These aren’t real candy hearts, but they sure do look like those favorite Valentine’s Day candies. You make them yourself and you could even add little messages so they really look like conversation hearts. I love how adorably colorful and cute this one is and it’s a great project for the kids on rainy days. When the hearts are set and dry, just tie them all together with a ribbon or some twine and hang.
34. DIY Japanese Inspired Chime
This beautiful glass domed wind chime is Japanese inspired and it’s absolutely gorgeous. You’ll need a glass dome that you turn upside down and then use nylon thread or fishing line to attach wood and crystal beads. It gives off the most beautiful melody when the wind hits it and it’s really easy to put together. Make a few of them and line them up on your porch or deck for an elegant look and sound.
35. Balsa Wood Wind Chime
This colorful wind chime is perfect for fall – or any other season, really. It’s made from balsa wood strips which you can get at any home improvement store. Just punch a hole in one end and then paint them any combination of colors that you want. You could also stain them for a more natural look. Then you separate them with wooden beads and hang them from a piece of wood. You can even add a little bell if you want extra jingle when the wind blows.
36. Anthropologie Inspired Plastic Egg Wind Chime
Those plastic eggs that you always have left over from Easter can be put to great use with this plastic egg wind chime. Kids will adore making this one and it’s really easy to put together. This Anthropologie inspired wind chime looks like a fish and has a wonderful sound when the wind blows against it. You’ll need a plastic soda bottle, a handful of plastic eggs and some paint to create it.
37. Upcycled Spindle Wind Chime
If you love the sound that wooden wind chimes make then you will really love this spindle wind chime that you can easily DIY. You’ll need old spindles which you can upcycle from a chair or baby crib, or you can normally buy these pretty cheap at flea markets and such. This is a really simple project and leaves you with a wind chime that looks as lovely as it sounds.
38. Glass Pyramid Wind Chimes
These gorgeous glass wind chimes are made from pyramid bottles and they sound wonderful when the wind hits them. The wooden ball inside the glass bottle gives it that wonderful sound. I found these on Etsy and they’re made from pyramid glass bottles, sort of like those old decorative bottles with dried flowers in them from the 1990’s. You can pick these up for less than $20 each and they come in a wide range of colors.
39. Upcycled Coffee Can CD Wind Chimes
An old coffee can and some old CDs make a wonderful wind chime. This is a great kids’ project and it’s really easy to build. Just let the kids decorate an old coffee can and some old or empty CDs with sharpies. Then use fishing line to attach the CDs to the coffee can and you’re all set. This gives off a lovely sound and it’s the perfect project for those rainy afternoons.
40. Easy DIY Clay Wind Chimes
You can make your own clay wind chimes with some air dry clay and a mold. For this one, you can use a plastic wine glass to mold the pieces. Once they’re finished and dried, you just string them all up together and they make a wonderful sound when in the wind. They’re lovely when finished and you can paint them if you want to create a more unique color – make several and have them hanging all over your porch.