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How To Make Beaded Wind Chimes

Homemade wind chimes are the perfect outdoor craft to make with kids. We are showing you where to buy metal chimes, which beads will look pretty in the sunlight, and how to assemble wind chimes. Making windchimes for your home is a fun craft to do together and then listen to the results in the breeze.

handmade beaded wind chimes on cholla wood hanging from a garden shed

How To Make DIY Wind Chimes

This wind chime craft is great to do together because it has a few more complicated steps that younger children may need some help with and uses a very strong glue that is best under adult supervision.

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Display your homemade wind chimes on your back patio or front porch and every time you hear the chimes in the breeze, it will remind you of your time spent together! These DIY wind chimes also make great homemade gifts.

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Supplies Needed To Make DIY Wind Chimes

supplies needed to make diy wind chime craft - beads, glue, cholla wood, and metal chimes to make beaded wind chimes
This is what you will need to make wind chimes at home.

*I used cholla wood for our wind chime project that I purchased at a local nursery, but a thick branch will work just as well.

How to Choose Beads for wind chimes

clear stones and colored beads and stones to make wind chimes

We used an assortment of different beads that we already had at home combined with others from a local craft store. The stones and colored glass beads are perfect for reflecting light from the sun and will make your wind chimes shine.

Once you have found the wood or branch you will use, check the weight of your beads and plan accordingly. If your stick is too thin it might snap under the weight hanging from it.

Instructions to make Wind Chimes

Step 1

Step 1 - DIY wind chime craft - a piece of cholla wood with hemp cord and a pink glass bead being assembled to make wind chimes.
Let’s start with the cholla wood…
  1. Tie a piece of hemp cord to the top of the wood for hanging, or thread it through the holes if using cholla wood; I found this easiest to do with a needle. I threaded mine through a bead to make a loop about halfway.
  2. Secure the hemp cord in place with a drop of E-6000 glue.

Step 2

Step 2 - DIY wind chime craft - fishing line and hemp cord glued to cholla wood for a wind chime craft
Now it is time to tie or loop the fishing line to your cholla wood.

Tie or loop fishing line to your wood hanging down from the bottom. Secure each at the wood with E-6000 glue.

Make sure that they are close enough that when the wind blows the chime tubes will touch each other. Ours are a little over an inch apart.

Step 3

Step 3 - DIY wind chime craft - assorted beads and metal chimes laid out to make wind chimes
Next step is to lay out the beads and decorative elements for your wind chime.

Now you can start threading beads onto the fishing line. I prefer to lay my pattern out on a counter first so that I can plan how I want it to look.

Step 4

Step 4 - DIY wind chime craft - colored beads, stones, and metal chime tubes to make homemade wind chimes
Now let’s add the chime-y part of your wind chime!

Once you’ve finished threading your beads, tie the end of the fishing, and then tie a metal chime tube to the bottom.

Step 5

Step 5 - DIY wind chime craft - handmade wind chimes made from cholla wood and beads
Last step is to hang your wind chime in the breeze!

Hang your wind chimes outdoors where they will catch the light and a breezy draft.

Do wind chimes scare birds?

If you have bird nests, bird feeders, or a birdbath, don’t hang your wind chimes too close as the sound can scare away the birds. Hang it in a space in your garden or under your patio where you don’t want birds to go. Hanging under the eaves of your patio will help stop them from making a mess on your outdoor furniture.

Materials

  • Cholla wood (or a thick stick or branch)
  • Clear fishing line
  • Hemp cord
  • Beads
  • Wind chime tubes
  • E-6000 glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Tie a piece of hemp cord to the top of the wood for hanging, or thread it through the holes if using cholla wood; I found this easiest to do with a needle. I threaded mine through a bead to make a loop about halfway. Secure the hemp cord in place with a drop of E-6000 glue.
  2. Tie or loop fishing line to your wood hanging down from the bottom. Secure each at the wood with E-6000 glue. Make sure that they are close enough that when the wind blows the chime tubes will touch each other. Ours are a little over an inch apart.
  3. Now you can start threading beads onto the fishing line. I prefer to lay my pattern out on a counter first so that I can plan how I want it to look.
  4. Once you’ve finished threading your beads, tie the end of the fishing, and then tie a metal chime tube to the bottom.
  5. Hang your wind chimes outdoors where they will catch the light and a breezy draft.

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How did your wind chimes turn out? Let us know in the comments section.



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