DIY wind chimes come in as many designs as the homes and gardens they adorn. From leftover dinner utensils to forged brass and glass, every maker chooses materials to match the they want.
One of the best parts of DIY wind chimes is that almost any material can work, though metal and wood are typically the most preferred. Of the metals, Brass is the most prized because of its sound and timbre. This is the same reason why brass is typically used in musical instruments. However, Copper is another popular choice due to the sound and the patina that it develops. Stainless steel and Aluminum are the most commercially common due to their low cost and corrosion resistance.
With a few simple materials and a few steps, you’ll have a soothing song in your garden in a day!
For our wind chimes, we used copper and wood.
Materials needed for DIY wind chimes
- 7 lengths of round tubes of a metal of your choice – Make sure the OD and Wall are the same for all. Our lengths used here were Copper and were 10″, 12″, 14″, 16″, 18″, 20″, and 22″ long.
- 1 wooden disc 8″ diameter
- 1 wooden disc 4″ diameter
- Wooden or metal rectangle, 2″x4″
- String or cord
Get making your DIY wind chimes!
Drill a small hole in the end of each tube, making sure to drill all the way through the tube so that the hole went through both sides.
Drill a hole through the middle of both wooden discs.
Drill a hole in the middle near one edge on the tag.
On the larger wooden disc, drill seven holes near the edge, evenly spaced around the disc. Then drill three holes in the shape of a triangle halfway between the outer holes and the middle hole.
Cut seven lengths of string, each 8″ long. Then, put a length of string through the holes you drilled earlier in each of the metal tubes. Pull the string up so the tube is hanging in the middle.
Take the other two ends of the string, and put them through a single hole of the outer rind on the larger wooden disc. Tie them off at the top above the wood. Repeat for all seven tubes.
Cut a length of string around 12″ long then slide the string through the center hole on both wooden discs. The smaller disc is below the larger and between the tubes. Tie off two knots. One below the smaller disc to hold it in place, the other above the larger disc to keep the string from falling through. Finally, take the other end of the string, and tie it through the hole on the tag.
Cut three pieces of string, about 6″-8″ long. Knot one end of each. Then slide them through the inner triangle of holes on the larger wooden disc, the knots on the bottom with the string feeding out the top. Tie the three strings together at the top, ending in a hook or whatever else you’d like to use to hang them.
Ta-da! You have yourself gorgeous, DIY wind chimes!
One thing we like about this design is how easily it can be modified. Another coworker made this same design, but stained the wood a dark oak color.
Also, you can do some creative things with the tubes and the tab on the bottom! We have seen people who acid etched designs onto those. In case you want to know how to do that, we can help there as well.