Windchimes from Waste

This week in our Zoom workshop we showed participants how to make simple but effective tinkly wind chimes by upcycling bottle tops, keys, beads and many other materials and objects you'll have to hand. 

Click image above, to watch recording of the live event demonstrating this activity.

For this activity we used:

  • a tin can
  • bottle tops
  • beads and buttons
  • strong thread
  • a drawing pin to make holes
  • a hammer to tap on the back of the drawing pin.  Hint - a little bit of blue tack is helpful in holding the drawing pin in place and also to prevent injuries
If you look at the images on this page, you will see lots of other ideas using everyday household materials that you can use to make your wind chimes.

Metallic items work the best but try experimenting with different object by hanging them on a thread and tapping them against each other.  You will be amazed at the different sounds they make!

For more inspiration check these sites: 


Junk Owl Wind Chime by Color Me Thrifty 

How to Make a Bottle Cap Wind Chime by Trina is Artsy Fartsy 

Recycled Tin Can Windchime by Home Sweet Homemade 

Rainbow Wind Chimes by Happy Hooligans 

Beaded Wind Chimes for Kids by Crafts Unleashed 

Summertime Chime by Michele Made Me 

Summer Camp Wind Chimes by Design Dazzle 


We hope this inspires you to have a go at making your own wind chimes. Check our website for future online events and for other ideas for 'Getting Creative'.