DIY Wind Chime Restringing

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DIY Wind Chime Restringing
Restring broken wind chimes and enjoy them for years. (Bell Wind Chime image by afroditi from

Restring that broken set of wind chimes with material that will withstand both the elements and time. Restringing wind chimes is a DIY project that you can complete quickly with no experience necessary. If you can tie a knot, you can repair a set of wind chimes that would otherwise end up in the landfill. The three main elements of wind chimes are the header, chimes and other decorative elements and the stringing material. If you are restringing wind chimes, you already have two of the three elements; you just need to add the stringing material to hold them all together.

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Things you need

  • Wind chimes
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Clear waterproof adhesive

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  1. 1

    Cut away the old wind chime lines from the header. Remove the metal tubes and any other decorative elements from each strand. Layout the items from the strands in the order that you remove them.

  2. 2

    Measure the desired length between the wind chime header and the hole in the top of the metal tube or other element that hangs at the bottom of the wind chime strand.

  3. 3

    Cut a length of fishing line two times as long as the desired length, plus four inches. The added inches are for knotting the line. Fishing line is strong, lightweight and holds up beautifully outdoors over time. It is also less visible than other types of stringing material, so it will not detract from the look of your chimes.

  4. 4

    Thread the fishing line halfway through the metal tube or the hole in the bottom-hanging object on the strand. Thread any other decorative elements, such as beads or crystals, over both of the lines.

  5. 5

    Tie the ends of the line in a triple overhand knot to the header. Some wooden headers require that you feed the lines through the drilled holes in the wood block, and then tie the knots. In this case, more overhand knots may be required to keep the line from slipping back through the hole in the wood. Cut off any excess fishing line.

  6. 6

    Repeat the process to restring the remaining strands of your wind chimes. Cover each knot with clear, waterproof adhesive. Allow the glue to dry before hanging your wind chimes.

Tips and warnings

  • Replace missing wind chime elements with craft bells, beads, metal pipe and old utensils.

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