DIY Upcycled Wind Chimes

After rounding up a few upcycled spring projects yesterday I became inspired to see what else I could make with items I had on-hand to brighten up my porch for my daughter’s first birthday party happening in under two weeks.

Using leftover duct tape, tin cans, and string I had lying around the house I made a set of colorful and wonderful sounding wind chimes.

Here’s the process:

1) remove the lid and label from the tin cans.  make sure you wash and dry them.  choose cans that will nest together in various sizes.

2) cover the outside of each can with duct tape or paint as desired.

3) use a hammer and nail to punch a hole in the center of the bottom of each can.
4) stack the cans (from largest to smallest) as you would like them to hang.  measure a piece of string plus about 2 feet extra depending on how low you want the wind chimes to hang.

5)  put a knot in one end of the string.  start threading through the smallest can first.


6) decide how low you want the next can to sit and slide it up the string, tie a big knot, and slide the can down again until it rests on the knot. repeat for all cans. *make sure each can overlaps slightly so they will chime*
7) after you have added all the cans using the remainder of the string hang from your desired location.  cut off any excess string.


I am pleased with the results and my daughter loves watching them blow in the wind and hearing them chime.

Since I wasn’t really planning on making these and used just items I already had at home (I always save tin cans and glass jars – they are great for DIY projects,) when I make these again I’d try to collect some different sized cans as well.  Another option would be to paint the cans in a variety of different colors and maybe add some designs.  This is also a great project to do with your kids and once my daughter gets a little older I plan on making some more with her.

You can hang these on your porch, add some color to your gazebo, hang in a tree, or put them whereever you need a pop of color and some beautiful sounds.  Our wind chimes will be sure to brighten up our entryway porch from now until my daughter’s big day and beyond!

Hope you enjoy this easy DIY project and the pretty sounds they make in the wind.

Love, Kate

Tags: diy, duct tape, spring, upcycled, upcycling, windchimes

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  1. Reply

    Such a fun and easy idea, great tutorial. I can’t wait to see them at her party! 🙂

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