Wind chimes are a simple way to create a peaceful atmosphere with the soft sounds and bursts of music they create, but homemade wind chimes, made of organic material like clay and wood, offer the perfect complement for a garden or yard. With only a few steps, anyone can take on this inexpensive, worthwhile project that gives you beautiful art and a soothing rhythm for any warm breeze. So, let’s get started!
Materials and Tools
Directions for Making DIY Wind Chimes
- Gather clay pieces or pendants. You could also design your own using modeling clay that you can bake in an oven at home. Beach glass and shells are also great for this crafts project.
- Before drilling in any holes, cover the area you’d like to drill with masking tape, and then use a thin bit for drilling the hole. Make sure you do not push very hard on the drill or you may end up breaking the glass/shell/clay pieces.
- For making the top of the wind chime, drill six holes into the driftwood or branch you’ve chosen for the wind chime’s top. Two holes should be in the center and two on the right and left side each. These holes are where you’ll thread and then tie the fishing line.
- For the center of the wind chime, take a length of fishing line and fold it in half. Thread your first clay piece/pendant onto the fishing line, tying a knot above it (the bottom pendants are meant to be a weight of sorts); it should hang via a hanging loop.
- For the rest of the clay piece/pendants, if you’re using ones with bigger holes, use beads to keep them in place. Now, secure a knot where the bead will sit, and then thread the fishing line through the bead and clay piece/pendant. Continue threading between 3-5 items onto your fishing line using the same pattern.
- Once the center piece is completed, thread one of your fishing line’s ends through a center hole, and then thread the other end through the other center hole. Tie them tightly together and leave two inches just above the knot. Then, tie the loose top ends together with several knots. This is meant to be a hanging loop.
- Use the same threading pattern for the side pieces. Include two clay pendants/pieces or more to the side pieces, but at the very least include the weight at the bottom of the line. Tie the two ends off through the two holes in each of the sides.
- Regarding spacing between your clay pendants/pieces, it’s simply based on what you want and what you’re using. Outline and mark where you’d like them to be. The spacing should be far enough they don’t get tangled but close enough they’ll clink together in the breeze.
- Now, you can hang the wind chime in trees with complementary foliage to garner an arresting look that may highlight features in a garden or a yard. Enjoy!
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