How to make wind chimes from aluminium cans

Updated April 17, 2017

Recycle all those old soft drink and beer aluminium cans into a decorative craft project to hang in your porch by turning them into a wind chime. A homemade wind chime made from aluminium cans is a simple project even a child can construct in less than an hour. Once the wind chime is complete and hanging from a tree, you can sit back and enjoy listening to beautiful sounds as the fresh breeze blows.

Measure and cut nine 45 cm (18 inch) long fishing lines. Also, cut eight 50 cm (20 inch) long fishing lines.

Tie one end of an 45 cm (18 inch) long fishing line to the tab of each aluminium can with a double knot. Tie one end of a 50 cm (20 inch) long fishing line to each metal washer.

Arrange your two wooden dowels in a cross formation. Wrap a fishing line around the centre of the cross formation to hold the two dowels in an "X" shape.

Tie one aluminium can on to the centre of the wooden dowel cross. Tie two aluminium cans onto each arm of the cross.

Tie two metal washers on to each arm of the cross with one washer between the centre can and the innermost can on each arm, and the other washer between the inside and outside can on each arm. The washers hang about 5 cm (2 inches) lower than the cans so they strike the cans in the centre of their height for maximum sound.

Screw the screw eye into the centre of the cross. Hang the wind chime from a tree branch or a porch beam using fishing line with one end tied to the screw eye and the other tied to the branch.


Paint the aluminium cans, washers and wooden dowels with spray paint before constructing the wind chime for a more colourful look.

Add other recycled items to the chime such as CDs or large beads tied on in the same manner as the aluminium cans to create a variety of sounds.

Things You'll Need

  • Fishing line
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Aluminium cans
  • Metal washers
  • 30 cm (12 inch) long, 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) diameter wooden dowels
  • Screw eye
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Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.