How to Make Wind Chimes
Looking for a spark of inspiration on how to decorate your balcony or cheer up your small city garden? In this step-by-step guide you’ll learn how to make your own wind chimes. Whether you’re a DIY newbie or an ace DIYer, we’ve got you covered. Nearly any item in your house can be upcycled to make this whimsical wind chime. Even the smallest spoon or most worn-out aluminium dish can make a beautiful sound. For our wind chimes, we used spoons, an old aluminium pie tin and a copper pipe.
Let's go - step by step
Drill holes in a pie tin for your DIY wind chimes
For our DIY wind chime, we’re using an old aluminium pie tin as a base, but you could use any type of metal pan or dish. Start by marking on your tin where you want your individual chimes to hang from. We went for five evenly spaced points around the brim of the pan, and three on the base approximately 13 mm from the edge. Next mark a point at the centre of your pie tin or dish. This is where we’ll add the rope hanger. Time to put on your safety gear, grab your Dremel Multi-Tool, feed in a drill bit from the Precision Drill Bit Set (628) and drill all the holes.
Transform your spoons into fish
You’re now going to turn your old spoons into funky fish chimes! Clamp the spoon by the end of its handle and mount the Dremel EZ SpeedClic: Metal Cutting Wheel (SC456) onto your Multi-Tool. With your safety gear still on, make a horizontal cut into the tip of the spoon to create a mouth for your fish. Make two more cuts into the handle of the spoon to make a tail. Your fish is nearly done! Swap your cutting wheel for a 3.2 mm Precision Drill Bit and create an eye for your fish by drilling a hole above the mouth. Then drill another hole close to where the bowl of the spoon meets its handle for the string to go through. Repeat this with the other spoons and you’ll soon have a whole shoal of fish ready to chime in the breeze.
Cut the copper pipe
As well as spoons, we’re using a copper pipe and caps to make the chimes that will hang from our pie tin. Take your 13 mm copper pipe and mark three segments, each 23 cm in length. Now, it’s time to cut the pipes. Still wearing your gloves? Excellent! With the pipe clamped, cut along the marks to create the body of each copper chime using a mini circular saw. Then, use your Dremel Multi-Tool and the 3.2 mm Precision Drill Bit to drill a hole in each copper cap. Well done, you’re almost there!
Attach strings to the wind chimes
You’re now ready to attach strings to your copper pipes and spoon fishes. Why not cut the strings to various lengths to add interest to your wind chimes? Once cut to size, simply thread the strings through the hanging holes of the copper caps and spoons. Make sure to use the hole near the handle of the spoon, not the fish’s eye! Knot the end of each string to secure them. Apply a layer of waterproof epoxy inside each cap and fix onto one end of each copper pipe. Let the epoxy dry.
Tie the chimes to the pie tin
All that’s left to do now is assemble your wind chimes. To do this, thread the end of each string through a hole in your pie tin. We’ve decided to place the copper chimes on the interior of our pie tin and fish chimes around the rim. Knot the strings in place. Great, your DIY wind chime is almost ready to go! Finally, thread a piece of rope 90 cm long through the hole made in the centre of the pie tin in step 1 and tie it. Make sure your rope is strong enough to carry the wind chime. Fantastic! Now go find the perfect spot in your urban garden for your DIY wind chime. Sit back, let the wind blow and enjoy the sweet, tinkling tune.