These beautiful wind chimes would all look great in any garden, and would add a splash of color and a touch of magic to the family backyard. If you live in an apartment, like we do here in Spain, these also look great on the balcony!
Colorful Keys on a Branch
This is a super easy wind chime to make, and requires very few materials. Just find a good sized branch, and get the little ones to help you paint it and as many keys as you’d like to attach in your favorite colors, then string the keys up and you’re done! You could paint one in reds, oranges and yellows to complement the beautiful Autumn colors outside, or you could go bright and colorful, like they did in this picture, let your imagination run wild!
Coloring Pencils and Ruler
This one requires a little more work, and a drill! Get a ruler in the color that you prefer (or use one that you have lying around the house 🙂 ) and drill a couple of holes along the opposite side to the one that has the measurements. Now do the same through the top of each pencil (be sure to use a very thin drill-bit so that you don’t snap the pencils). Now find some thread, bright colors work best, and attach the pencils to the ruler. To create some extra visual interest, why not try hanging the pencils at different heights or in different patterns, or even thread some colored beads in too, if you’d like.
Terracotta Pots and Beads
This is another unique and super easy design I found online at ‘House of Joyful Noise’. To make this wind chime you will need a selection of terracotta pots (plastic ones would also work, although they won’t sound as great), some thick twine or rope, paint to paint the pots and colored beads. First things first… Decorate those pots! The little ones will love getting stuck in and helping! When the paint has dried, tie a large knot in the one end of the twine, then thread on a large bead, making sure the bead is larger than the size of the hole in the base of the terracotta pot. Now thread on the smallest pot, making sure it’s upside down. Then tie another knot and add another bead on top of that. Here I would suggest leaving a small length of thread before tying yet another knot and adding yet another bead, before adding the next smallest pot. This will make sure that the pot at the bottom is still visible underneath the bigger pot. Just repeat the process until you’re done! This wind chime would be perfect tied to branch, and imagine how great it’d look if you had a couple strung up near each other?
Sea Shell Wind Chime
This beautiful wind chime would look great on a balcony or porch, specifically if you live near the beach, but is still a fun option for anyone that loves the water! It does require some patience, a steady hand with a fine drill and a good collection of seashells, but’s definitely worth it in the end.
To create the one in the picture you’ll need a large starfish, but if you can’t find one, a couple of white drift wood twigs would look must as stunning! Start by drilling small holes in all the shells you’d like to attach to your wind chime. Try have a couple of large shells as well because these will make a better sound. Thread the shells onto 5 separate threads, one for each of the starfish arms, and then tie them around the points of each arm, using the texture of the starfish to hold the thread in place. Remember to be gentle, though, dried starfish can break very easily, and after all that work, it would be a rather big pity!
Bamboo and Beads
This is one of your more traditional wind chimes, but bamboo really does make a beautiful sound! Cut some bamboo into different lengths and have the little ones paint them. Get out the drill (again!) and drill a hole through the top of each bamboo piece. If you’d like, you can do the same at the bottom of each piece and add a bead, or even a small bell. Now thread the bamboo pieces to a branch or another piece of bamboo, hang it up in a nice breezy spot and enjoy!
These are just a few options. When considering a wind chime for a family garden or even a child’s bedroom window, aim for something simple and colorful. Beads, bells and even small rounded pieces of colored glass or mirror can all be great extras, and often add a touch of magic by bouncing light around the room or adding an extra tinkle!
I hope you like these ideas, and i really hope you get to try them out soon!
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