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Create Your Own Wind Chimes With Household Items

Want to add a little pizzazz to your patio or deck? Why not think about bringing some style and music into your backyard with a handmade wind chime! Unique wind chimes are easy to make and they can be hung from trees, fences, and even backyard lampposts! Just let your imagination run wild!

What Materials Can You Use?
Wind chimes can be made out of almost any material. Whatever pleases the eye and makes a wonderful noise can be hung up and enjoyed! Glass wind chimes and metal wind chimes are particular favorites. Or, when creating your own wind chimes, try using some of these materials:

 

  • seashells
  • bamboo
  • wood
  • stones
  • keys
  • tools

 

 

Silverware Chime

This chime makes use of all those odd bits of cutlery that you have accumulated over the years. And it makes a perfect gift for that person who loves to cook!

Materials You Will Need

 

  • 4 spoons
  • 2 forks (with some spares, just in case)
  • drill
  • 1/16th inch drill bit
  • fishing line
  • safety goggles

 

Preparing the Cutlery
This chime features four spoons suspended from a hanging fork. There is also a base fork, which the spoons will chime against.

 

  • Put on your safety goggles. Drill a hole in each of the four spoon handles, approximately 1/8th of an inch from the top. Sand holes down with metal file, so that there are no sharp edges.
  • Choose one fork to be the hanging fork from which the spoons will be suspended. Drill a hole in the flat part of this fork, just above the tines.
  • Using your needle-nosed pliers, carefully bend the tines of the fork to a 90° angle.
  • Bend the two inside tines of the fork so that they are pointing north and south. Bend each of the two outside tines so that they are pointing east and west. Be sure to have backup forks, in case any of the tines break.
  • Using the tip of your pliers, carefully twist the ends of each of the tines into a loop.
  • Bend the handle of the fork over to make a hook to hang the chime with.
  • Drill a hole in your base fork. This hole should be about 1/8th of an inch from the top of the handle.

 

Hanging the Chime
This chime will be suspended using thin fishing line. This line is strong enough to hold up in the wind and rain.

 

  • Tie a piece of fishing line from the hole in the hanging fork to the hole in the base fork. The base fork should hang about six inches down.
  • Tie fishing line through each of the holes created by the tines of the hanging fork. Tie the other end of each piece of string to the hole in each spoon. The bowl of each spoon should hit the stem of the base fork.
  • Hang on a tree, and get ready for some music!

 

 

Copper Pipe Wind Chime

This elegant copper pipe wind chime will add a touch of style and hint of music to any garden or patio.

What You Will Need

 

  • copper tubing
  • metal crimper
  • drill
  • safety goggles
  • roll of string
  • three feet of nylon rope
  • two round pieces of wood (small, and large)

 

How To Make the Wind Chime
This wind chime uses a round piece of wood from which the copper pipes are suspended. The smaller piece of wood is then hung in between the copper chimes. When the wind blows, the chimes knock against the wood, creating sound.

 

  • Cut six separate pipes from the copper tubing. These tubes should vary in length by two inches, with the smallest tube measuring 18 inches and the largest tube measuring 28 inches.
  • Mark these measurements on the tubing and, using your metal crimper, cut the six pipes.
  • Wearing your goggles, drill a ¼ inch hole in the top of each pipe. This hole should be about a ½ inch from the top of each pipe.
  • Drill a ½ inch hole in the center of the large and small pieces of wood.
  • Drill six ¼ inch holes around the perimeter of the large piece of wood. These holes should be equidistant from one another. This piece of wood will act as the platform for the chimes.
  • Using your string, thread each pipe through each of the six holes on the large piece of wood. The pipes should hang a couple of inches from the base of the wood platform.
  • Using your nylon rope, create a loop from which to hang the chime. Thread the end of this loop through the center of the wood platform. To the base of this handle, tie the small piece of wood. The pipes will knock against this wood to create sound.
  • Hang and enjoy!