12 DIY Wind Chimes Perfect for Your Garden

Homemade wind chimes

Did you know that wind chimes have been around for at least 5,000 years? Pretty crazy right? Back then they were used for all sorts of things: scaring birds from crops, creating peaceful environments, and they were even thought by some to keep evil spirits away.

No matter what you believe, one thing we can all agree on is that wind chimes add a touch of personality and beauty to any outdoor area. The sound of different objects and materials bumping against each other can add so much to the atmosphere.

And the coolest part? If you make your own DIY wind chimes, you can create the perfect sound to fit your home and style. Below are some ideas to help you get inspired!

DIY Wind Chimes

Almost all of the wind chime tutorials below will show you how to make wind chimes with household items or supplies found in nature. That means many of them won’t cost you much (or anything)!

Most of the ideas below are kid-friendly as well so if you want to involve your family in the craftivities, go for it!

1. Bottle Cap Wind Chime

Bottle caps

This post was featured in our DIY bottle cap crafts post and I love the look of it. It’s a bit rustic! If you’re a bottle cap collector, this would be a great way to show off some of the caps you’ve collected over the years.

Get the full project from Trina Lyn.

2. Macrame Wind Chime

DIY wind chimes made from macrame

These small macrame DIY wind chimes look so pretty – like something you’d get out of a store! To get that elegant look you’ll need to buy a few things but honestly, it’s worth it if this is the style you’re going for.

Get the full tutorial from Pretty Life Girls.

3. Strainer Planter Wind Chime

Blue wind chime planter made from a strainer

Yes, this one doubles as a DIY planter AND a windchime! And it’s made out of a kitchen strainer and other kitchen supplies! I love the frugalness of this DIY!

Get the full tutorial from Color Me Thrifty

4. Hand Painted Wind Chimes

Hand painted DIY chimes

If you want to make a wind chime that really shows off your personality, hand-painted is the way to go.

Get the full tutorial from Lifestyle for Real Life.

5. Seashell Bead Wind Chime

This idea came from our list of DIY seashell crafts and it’s SO cool looking. Just imagine how pleasant it sounds too. You can gather your own seashells for this craft to make it completely unique.

Get the full tutorial from Artsy Chicks Rule.

6. Rainbow Chime

Hanging sticks painted like a rainbow

Who says you have to wait for the perfect conditions to see a rainbow in your backyard? With some sticks and paint you can make one of these DIY chimes and look at a rainbow whenever you want!

Get the full tutorial from Happy Hooligans.

7. Beaded Wind Chime

Beaded wind chime

Stringing all of your beads together for this craft will be a bit time-consuming but it’s worth the effort! The end result is so awesome.

Get the full tutorial from Garden Therapy.

8. Sea Glass Wind Chime

If you’re into ocean-style crafts you’re going to LOVE this idea! Sea glass is so beautiful and using it in a DIY wind chime is just genius.

Get the full tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage. 

9. Garden Pot Wind Chime

Orange red terracotta wind chime

This is a great craft because it’s easy enough that you can let your kids pour their own creativity into it!

Get the full tutorial from Sugar Spice and Glitter.

10. Key Chime

Keys on strings

Here’s another great wind chime for kids to make. I know a lot of kids really love playing with keys too, so this should be a hit!

Get the full tutorial from Inner Child Fun.

11. Tin Can Wind Chime

Different sized tin cans with birds painted on

This is such a great example of turning something potentially ugly (a set of old tin cans) into a beautiful piece of art. I love tin can crafts for this very reason!

Get the full tutorial from Picture Box Blue.

12. Driftwood Chime

Long driftwood wind chime

Driftwood is a fantastic, natural craft supply. It’s beautiful looking and each piece is unique! Plus, the sound of pieces of driftwood hitting each other is very subtle and nice.

Get the full tutorial from Simple Nature Decor Blog.


Once you get the hang of making your own DIY wind chimes, that’s when things get really fun. You can start combining all sorts of different materials to make your very own creations and sounds. Have fun with it!

Which wind chime ideas are you planning to try out from this list? Have you ever made a DIY wind chime before? Leave a comment below!

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DIY wind chimes

Types: Crafts, Woodworking, Adult, Kids
Categories: Decoration, Outside The House

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