Now that spring has finally come, we’re finding ourselves spending as much time outside in the warm, mild air and cheerful sunshine as possible. Besides those lovely rays, one of our favourite parts of warmer weather arriving is that we get to feel the warm breeze on our skin while we sit on our patio, listening the to leaves rustling around us. Something else we really like to listen to in the spring is the stunning, spritely sound of wind chimes swinging in the breeze! There are plenty of places that you can buy wind chimes in stores, of course, but there’s just something so fun about making our own, so we always have our eyes peeled for new designs.
Just in case you love the idea of making your very own DIY wind chimes just as much as we do, if no more, here are 15 of the very best ideas that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and tips!
1. DIY hand painted wind chimes
If you haven’t yet come across the colourful beauty of hand painting things with the alcohol paints that are so trendy right now in the crafting world then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out! We’re obsessed with the way Lifestyle for Real Life used this painting technique to make these stunning circular chimes in all kinds of rainbow shades.
2. Recycled can lid and hanger chimes
Are you actually just looking for something easy and affordable that you can make as a crafternoon project with your kids in orfer to introduce them to the concept of breezes, wind chimes, and things that make sounds? Then we have a feeling Maker Mama has just the kind of tutorial you’re looking for! Take a closer look to see how they made these simple recycled chimes from, a wire hanger, string, and washed tin can lids.
3. Colourful metal washer wind chime
Just in case you’re feeling torn between the idea of using pretty, colourful alcohol pains and the idea of upcycling household wares into a set of chimes, here’s a fantastic concept that helps you combine both! We love the way Crafty Morning added colour to different sized metal washers and then strung them with beads to made tinkling wind chimes using a branch as a base.
4. Plastic spoons wind chime
Just in case you’re still looking for a wind chime craft design that’s great for your kids but you’re not sure the hanger and tin can idea we showed you a little earlier on is quite the one for you, here’s an awesome alternative using plastic spoons, beads, and string! Of course, this one won’t make quite as much noise as one that uses metal, but Handmade Charlotte shows you how to make it so your kids are learning and practicing crafting techniques regardless.
5. Pressed flower sun catcher wind chimes
Were you actually a pretty big fan of the idea of making a wind chime from supplies collected right out of your recycling bin because you really adore upcycling but you’re also feeling quite intent on making something delicate and pretty looking? Then we think you’re going to love the gorgeous contrast between the flowers and jam jar lids included in these lovely DIY pressed flower sun catcher wind chimes outlined step by step on Hands On As We Grow.
6. Coastal DIY ombre sea glass wind chimes
Perhaps the aesthetic that you’ve aimed for in your home falls more into a kind of seaside influenced atmosphere in the decor pieces you’ve chosen? Then we have a feeling you’re really going to appreciate the look of these fantastic sea glass wind chimes outlined step by step on Our Boathouse! They show you how to put them together and also how to get that lovely ombre effect.
7. DIY modern wind chimes
Perhaps you’ve been looking around your house and yard and thinking about how the theme all throughout is really quite modern looking but you still want that tinkling of wind chimes this spring? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way eHow created a set of very modern wind chimes using differently shaped, mid-century influenced modern pieces.
8. Driftwood wind chimes
Did we almost catch your attention when we started talking about seaside influenced aesthetics because you actually do have a cottage or cabin on the water but you don’t know that sea glass is really the direction you want to take things in? Then perhaps you’d prefer to get a sort of watery rustic look by working with smoothed down driftwood instead! We simply adore this piece that’s outlined in detail on Twin Dragonfly Designs.
9. Painted spindle wind chimes
Just in case you’ve always been a fan of that kind of stylishly worn, vintage inspired aesthetic, here’s another fantastic tutorial that works right along those lines but with a kitschy pop of colour! We’re completely in love with the way Confessions of A Serial DIY-er made these lower sounding wind chimes using pained wooden spindles.
10. Cut mason jar chimes
Are you actually still thinking all about how much you love the idea of upcycling old and unused household wares but you think you’d prefer to look further than just the metal lids in your recycling bin? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way Saved By Love Creations created these stunning chimes from trinkets like old keys, leftover beads, and so on, all hanging from the inside of a carefully cut glass mason jar (which they show you how to do safely).
11. Seashore wind chimes
As you can probably tell by now, we really adore the seaside and we dream about going back there all winter long. That’s why we were so pleased to come across these stunning seashell wind chimes that have a very distinct sound all of their own! Poindextr guides you step by step through the process of making them and we just can’t get enough of how perfect this idea is for adding a bit of a seaside element to your decor even if you don’t live near the water!
12. Beautiful branch and beaded wind chime
Have you been looking for something very natural looking but, at the same time, you’re also feeling like your porch or window space could use a little pop of colour? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to give this beautiful tree branch and beaded wind chime design outlined in fantastic detail on Garden Therapy a try! We love the idea of getting additional sound by putting bells on the bottom of each colourfully beaded string.
13. Shabby chic key and pearl wind chime
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about that sort of stylishly weathered vintage kitsch aesthetic we mentioned earlier on our list but you were hoping for something with a little less wood and a little more contrast? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Can Can Dancer made this “shabby chic” chandelier style wind chime from hemp string, pearls, and old fashioned looking keys all mounted to an embroidery hoop.
14. DIY ceramic and copper wind chimes
If you’re going to build yourself a set of custom wind chimes from scratch, would you rather prioritize sound over looks so that you really get an interesting tone out of it when the wind blows? Then we think you’ll be rather pleased indeed to see how Poppytalk made these awesome chimes out of an upside down ceramic pole and differently cut lengths of copper piping. Cutting your pipes at different lengths will make them sound like different musical notes with varying pitches!
15. Terra cotta flower pot wind chimes
Perhaps part of your desire to put something nice and calming but also visually pleasing like wind chimes in your garden is because you have actually put a lot of work into the greenery and scene there and you want to make it look even nicer? Well, how about creating something that’s actually a little bit on theme? We love the way House of Joyful Noise hand painted several terra cotta gardening pots in different sizes and then stacked them along a string so they clink together cheerfully in a light breeze.