How to make wind chimes at home

Updated February 21, 2017

Wind chimes add a fanciful musical element to any outdoor space. The primary components of wind chimes are a header and hanging strands that move with the wind. The strands create music when they move individually and when they clang together. You can purchase and assemble percussion wind chime kits. Or you can make you own. Dangle strands of seashells from a piece of driftwood or hang old metal kitchen tools from a small cast iron skillet. Make distinctive and eclectic wind chimes at home to suit your personal style.

Cut two 12-inch lengths of fishing line. Use a double overhand knot to tie the ends of one line to two interior points of the metal craft ring opposite each other. Metal craft rings are available from craft and discount stores in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and a few different colours. Star shapes can have five exterior points and five interior points.

Tie the ends of the second 12-inch line to two opposite interior points. The two lines should cross in the centre of the star. Cover the fishing line knots with clear waterproof construction adhesive. Hook a small S hook at the cross-point and hang the star at a workable height.

Cut a 24-inch long strand of fishing line. Fishing line is lightweight, strong, clear and flexible. No matter what components you choose to hang from a wind chime header, fishing line is the best construction choice.

Slide the top hanger attachment of a craft bell to the centre of the fishing line. Double the line so the craft bell hangs at the bottom of the strand.

Slide alternating 4mm and 6mm crystal beads over both lines. Fill the double strand up to 2 inches from the end. Tie the end of the strand to an interior point on the craft ring using a double overhand knot.

Repeat Steps 3, 4 and 5 to hang strands from the four remaining interior star points and the five exterior star points. Hanging strands from this type of craft ring gives your homemade wind chimes depth and fullness.

Cover each double overhand knot with clear waterproof construction adhesive. Allow the adhesive to dry before hanging the wind chimes outside.

Things You'll Need

  • Fishing line
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Star-shaped metal craft ring
  • Small S hook
  • Clear waterproof construction adhesive
  • 10 small craft bells
  • 4mm and 6mm crystal beads
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.