How to Make Bamboo Wind Chimes

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Wind chimes add a pleasing sound to the garden to complement the birdsong and rustles of the plants. Recycle leftover bamboo plant stakes or start from scratch to make your own bamboo wind chimes.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo stakes

  • Ruler or tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Handsaw

  • Acrylic paint (optional)

  • Permanent marker (optional)

  • Marine varnish

  • Drill with small bit

  • Monofilament line or string

  • Needle (optional)

  • Jeweler’s glue

  • Light cord

Step 1

Cut a 10-inch length of bamboo for the top of the wind chime. You can also use a small stick or a dowel.

Step 2

Cut six to eight bamboo chimes, beginning with a 4-inch piece and adding 1 inch to each chime.

Tip

  • Paint the bamboo chimes with acrylic paint. Use a marker to embellish them with patterns before continuing. You can also leave the bamboo natural, if you prefer.

Step 3

Seal the bamboo with varnish to make it weatherproof.

Step 4

Drill holes through the top of each chime. Drill holes across the 10-inch length of bamboo, about 1 1/2 inches apart, or close enough that the chimes will tap each other in the wind.

Step 5

Thread the needle with monofilament line and pass it through the holes in a chime. Tie it near the top of the chime, leaving two 6-inch tails. Repeat for each chime.

Step 6

Insert each tail through a hole on the 10-inch bamboo length. Suspend the chimes about 2 inches below this top piece and tie the line above the top. Add a drop of jewelers’ glue to secure the knots, if desired.

Step 7

Make slits across the cut ends of the 10-inch top piece and slip cord through the slits. Tie a knot below each slit and pull the cord ends up about 6 inches above the top piece and tie a knot.

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