DIY Star Wind Chimes

I love the sound of wind chimes blowing in the breeze. I immediately think back to summer days of running and playing on the grass. Hearing the sound of wind moving through the trees. Tinkling music coming from little pipes hanging from trees and houses.

So when I realized that I can make my own wind chimes – and easily! – I knew that I had to give it a try.

DIY-wind-chimes-Crafts-Unleashed-1These star wind chimes were ones that I thought of when I saw these rusted star ornaments. “This could be fabulous garden art!”

And thus, these wind chimes were born.

Stars and Mason Jar Topper - Suburble.com (1 of 1)Supplies needed to make you own DIY star wind chimes:supply2

When I was gathering the materials needed for my wind chimes, I realized that I didn’t love the look of the rusted tin star next to the chrome pipes. Normally, I love a rusted finish, but the stark contrast of the two didn’t seem to work for me.

DIY-wind-chimes-Crafts-Unleashed-3So I broke out my paint.

Using my foam brush, I applied two thin coats of turquoise acrylic paint onto the stars and the jar lid. The paint will go on quite streaky; one coat will be all you’re looking for a distressed look. I opted to go for two thin coats – it wasn’t complete coverage, but I liked the effect.

You can see that I separated the larger star from the smaller two stars. I knew that I wanted the large star to be the centrepiece of the wind chimes, and the smaller two would be the “paddle” hanging in between the pipes.

DIY-wind-chimes-Crafts-Unleashed-4When the paint was fully dry, I applied two thin coats of Mod Podge Outdoor. This stuff takes longer to dry than regular Mod Podge, so have patience. It’s waterproof, which is a  fabulous thing, so I figure that it’s really no trouble to wait a little bit longer for the tackiness to disappear.

DIY-wind-chimes-Crafts-Unleashed-5Once the Mod Podge had dried, I cut about 4″ sections of the waxed cord and tied the chimes through the stars on the edge of the jar lid. Once each knot was pulled tightly, I trimmed off the excess cord.

There are 12 holes in the lid, but 8 pipes will come in two packages. I opted to skip every second hole on the lid, and use mostly the longer tubes, which left two smaller ones behind.

The longer chimes make a lower sound, which is what I prefer. You can do test-runs with your chimes to see what sounds you like the best.

DIY-wind-chimes-Crafts-Unleashed-6In order to keep the jar lid stable, I had to tie four pieces of cord from the star cutouts on the lid to the center of the larger star. Once it was secure, I slipped a long piece of the waxed cord through the bottom “eye” at the large star in order to secure the star “paddles.”

DIY-wind-chimes-Crafts-Unleashed-7And they worked fabulously!  The stars are light enough to be moved in the breeze, but large enough to move the pipes and make music.

DIY-wind-chimes-Crafts-Unleashed-8I love how the star motif is carried throughout the wind chimes.

DIY-wind-chimes-Crafts-Unleashed-9I’m very into the colour blue right now, but this project could be completed in the colour of your choice. The acrylic paint is sealed by the Mod Podge, and should do quite well being left out in the Spring and Summer months.

DIY-wind-chimes-Crafts-Unleashed-10I think that this would be a lovely gift for someone (pssttt… Mother’s Day isn’t THAT far off, guys!) and would definitely help to ring in the coming season.

DIY-wind-chimes-Crafts-Unleashed-2Bring on Spring! I’m ready to spend more time in the garden!

About Tara

Tara is the creator, writer, and flurry of chaos behind her blog, Suburble. Her blog focuses on making a home (emphasis on "making!"), but not forgetting to have a laugh in the process. Her partners-in-crime, her two little girls, are often beside her when it's time to get creative. A mug of tea, good friends, and a project (or three) are all this girl needs. Join the gang at Suburble and see what we're up to!

Comments

  1. Robin Smith says:

    Tara, these are so clever. I’m definitely going to take this little project on and hang them in my little, secluded respite garden spot. XOXO

  2. beverly e says:

    I love these… I think I’m going to go with the “rust look” and paint the pipes instead. Thanks!

  3. Patricia Routt says:

    I love wind chimes and I have a few, but I’ve never made any. I’m going to make this, I just love it. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. What a lovely gift for someone….or yourself :)

    • Too true. I’m keeping this star number for myself… but it’s got me thinking about some gift-giving opportunities that I have coming up!

  5. So clever, and it’s got me thinking about spring!!!

  6. How beautiful! I love that blue, also. Great idea!

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