Wind chimes are a beautiful addition to any home. They work great on your porch or other outdoor space.
While some people just love them because of their beauty, others appreciate the sweet sounds they make. Some even believe these sounds can have healing and balancing properties. Some use them for feng shui purposes.
No matter what your reason, if you love wind chimes, you will be glad to know that it’s more than possible to make easy DIY wind chimes in just a few simple steps.
SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE WIND CHIMES CAN HELP CHILDREN
Before we dive in to some of the easy ways to create DIY wind chimes, let’s talk about some of the many benefits of wind chimes.
To start with, some people believe that they can be helpful for attracting good luck and fortune into children’s lives. The theory is that if you hang them in the western part of the home, this is what they will accomplish.
Whether you believe that or not is up to you, but you should know that many people have held firmly to this belief for a long time, so there must be something to it, right?
REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY
If you’re not someone who believes in some of the more ancient and superstitious benefits of wind chimes, don’t worry. There are some practical benefits as well.
Did you know, for example, that wind chimes and the gentle noise that they make can greatly reduce stress and anxiety?
Many people find that the soft sound of wind chimes helps them to relax and focus better. Others find the effect very calming. Some have even reported success with wind chimes helping them to get their children and babies to sleep more easily.
Wind chimes can really help people with stress and anxiety, and there is nothing “magical” about it. It just plain makes sense that soft, gentle sounds would produce soft, gentle effects.
OPEN UP CAREER POSSIBILITIES
We’ve already mentioned how some people have more mystical beliefs than others when it comes to wind chimes. If you’re into those mystical beliefs, though, you’ll love to know that some believe hanging wind chimes in the northern part of the home can open up career opportunities.
So, if you’ve been looking to get a raise at work or are hoping a new job will open itself up to you, some wind chimes might just do the trick. Either way, you have nothing to lose by hanging some wind chimes in your home.
WIND CHIMES MAKE YOUR HOME MORE ATTRACTIVE
On a simpler level, wind chimes are a decorative item, one that is meant to add beauty to your home and your outdoor space.
And, if you choose or make your wind chimes carefully, they should definitely do the trick in that regard.
In fact, the right wind chimes can make your home a lot more attractive, a lot more natural looking, and potentially even more appealing to a buyer.
So, if you want to give your home that “something special,” wind chimes might provide the charm you’re looking for.
WIND CHIMES CAN BE MADE FROM JUST ABOUT ANYTHING
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to wind chimes. Some of them may be a little “out there” for the average person, but no matter what the reasons, the fact remains that people really like their wind chimes.
And, fortunately, if you are hoping to make DIY wind chimes, you can make them from just about any material you like.
Most people think of the standard metal pipe wind chimes when they think of wind chimes. However, wind chimes can be made from all kinds of materials. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see them crafted from seashells, bamboo, wood, or even recycled materials, like old plates or broken pieces of pottery.
There are so many options in terms of what you can make your wind chimes from that that’s really the first step: deciding what type of wind chimes you want to make.
Consider the sound you want your wind chimes to make, where they will go, your other décor, and what materials you can get the most easily. By thinking about these things, you can easily choose the right material for your wind chimes.
TRY MAKING WIND CHIMES WITH LONG STRANDS OF BEADS
While you can really make wind chimes in any way and with any materials you want, you should know that the basic design is a sturdy support from which hang your chimes or noise-making objects. Once you’ve mastered that simple design, whether you’re making it from wood, metal, or anything in between, then you can play around and try different materials and tweaks.
One of our favorite options, for example, is to make wind chimes with long strands of colorful beads. Once you’ve crafted the top part- an old lampshade or even the frame off of a lampshade works great- you get to have the fun of choosing and stringing beautiful beads to hang from your wind chimes.
Obviously, when you make a bead wind chime, the sound is going to be a little different than your traditional chiming. But, we really like the nice rattle-rattle sound that the bead wind chime makes. Plus, it looks very artistic and unique once it’s hung.
For best results, use strong beads, such as glass beads, and try to choose them in complementary colors.
GET CREATIVE WITH A COFFEE CAN AND OLD CDS OR DVDS
If you want wind chimes that are super simple to make- simple enough that you can make them with the kids, we suggest grabbing an old coffee can and some old CDs or DVDs that you don’t care about anymore.
Use the coffee can, which you can paint in any color you like, as your base. Punch holes into it to place your strings, and, from your strings, hang old CDs or DVDs, which you can also paint or otherwise decorate if you like.
The sound this wind chime makes is actually pretty cool, and we really love the unique way it looks. Plus, it’s a great way to get rid of those old CDs you have lying around the house!
A PLASTIC BOTTLE CAN WORK AS A BASE
We’ve already mentioned some great ideas in terms of things you can use as a wind chime base or support.
However, we have even more where that came from. The fact of the matter is that lots of things, even cheap things or things you’d typically just throw away, can easily become wind chime bases if you’re willing to get a little creative.
Case in point, a plastic bottle works great. While you can use a soda bottle or a water bottle, we have found that the bigger bottles Gatorade comes in work best.
That’s because they have a nice, wide bottom, which works well for hanging your chimes onto.
Not only is a plastic bottle easy to use and cheap, but we also love the fact that, when you use one, you’re repurposing an item, which is a whole lot better than sending it to a landfill to decompose.
DO YOU HAVE AN OLD PRINGLES CAN LAYING AROUND?
Another great item that you can use for a wind chime base is a Pringles can. These slender, cylindrical cans are actually just right for hanging chimes. Plus, they are a lot stronger than you might think.
Just wash out the can to avoid attracting pests, let it dry, and then punch some holes, and you’re good to go.
TRY UPTURNING AN OLD FLOWER POT
One final base suggestion that we’ll make- and really, there are tons of things you could try- is to use an older flower pot as your base.
If you upturn it and drill in some holes (if it doesn’t already have them), you’ve got a perfect and super strong wind chime base on your hands. In fact, an upturned flower pot is the way to go if you want to make wind chimes that will last for years and years.
REMEMBER, A COAT OF PAINT MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
When thinking about using some of these things as wind chime bases, you are probably thinking that they won’t look good. However, you’d be surprised at just how much difference a nice coat of paint can make.
Whether you’re using a flowerpot or an old bottle, we suggest painting it a pretty color using paints that can withstand outdoor use. You may even want to use a sealer to help lock in and protect the color.
Once the paint has dried, you can add a second coat if needed, or you can add other decorations with more paint, stickers, or anything in between.
In any case, as you can see, there are all kinds of ways to make beautiful wind chimes and enjoy the benefits of wind chimes without breaking the bank. Who knows? You might even help the environment in the process.