Easy Ways to Make Wind Chimes by Hand

03 August, 2020
One way to decorate the entrance of your home, the porch or simply an empty corner in a room is with wind chimes.

Sometimes, you may wonder how to decorate certain parts of your house to make them stand out. With this in mind, it’s time to learn how to make wind chimes by hand, and how you can use them to decorate the entrance, porch, or any other room.

It’s common to be unsure about ways in which you can fill certain empty corners that are left forgotten in your house. It’s always nice to decorate the room with objects that help to set a pleasant scene and release stress.

Wind chimes are an interesting decoration; not only from an aesthetic point of view but also from an acoustic one. They produce sounds that announce the arrival of someone, the opening of a door, or the wind in the street.

What are wind chimes and what is their purpose?

A wind chime made by hand with sea shells and other decorative elements
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You’ve undoubtedly seen wind chimes at someone’s house. It’s also common to find them in decoration shops. But do you really know what they are and what their purpose is?

Wind chimes consist of a structure that works as an axis and is fixed to the ceiling of an interior or exterior area. It has strings with hanging objects that produce pleasant sounds when they come into contact with each other.

There are different types of wind chimes, including some for very young children, designed specifically to hang over their cribs. However, the most common kind is the ones you can find in porches or entrances – they make sounds with the soft impact of a door opening.

Wind chimes produce a pleasant sound that transmits peace and tranquility.

How to make wind chimes by hand

Squared wind chime made with sea shells and beach crystals
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These are very useful to decorate an entrance, porch, or any other room. Therefore, it’s time we showed you a simple procedure to make wind chimes by hand. These are the 4 fundamental steps:

  1. First of all, you should decide on the types of materials you’re going to use. There are many options, including shells, wooden discs, tubular bells, balls, plant leaves, etc. Some materials help to create sound, and others simply serve a decorative function.
  2. You can make the upper axis, from where the cord or strings will hang, in many different ways using branches, small wooden sticks, or a metal frame. We recommend that you make it in a cross shape and add a hook at the top to hang it.
  3. The next step is to make holes in the structure. You will need at least one hole at the end of each stick to thread the cord or string with the hanging object.
  4. You can attach several strings and vary the length of each one. A way to do this is by having a longer string in the center and then changing the sizes of the other cords. This will give it a dynamic look that isn’t too symmetrical.

Making a sound curtain

Sound curtain made with clear and purple crystals

Another interesting type of wind chime you can make is the sound curtain. This is a type of wind chime that has also earned a spot in the world of percussion instruments. The sounds it produces are captivating, and you can also hang it from the ceiling of your house.

To make a sound curtain, you can use a wooden or metal structure that has a horizontal shape and is about 12 inches (or 30 cm) long. Attach some threads or cords that hold small tubular bells.

It’s important that these strings have a knot right in the place in which they attach to the horizontal structure. The goal is that everything hangs nicely. You’ll be left with a lovely piece of musical decoration.

Making children’s wind chimes by hand

Using wind chimes to decorate a crib is a great idea. They also have the benefit of entertaining the baby. You can make these wind chimes by hand.

To make the wind chimes, choose decorative objects that aren’t too heavy. You can even make the objects yourself (stars, balls, Disney character faces, etc.) with soft materials such as felt or fabric.

  • Iglesias, Mara: Decoración fácil y económica, Buenos Aires, Lea, 2013.