How To Make A Beaded Wind Chime With Bells Step 1

Add Sparkle to the Garden With This Beautiful Beaded Wind Chime

Add some extra jingle and sparkle to your backyard this year with a handmade beaded wind chime! I’ll admit I’m a bit of a craft supply hoarder and have accumulated a massive amount of beautiful beads over the years but have barely used them. This project is the perfect excuse to get out my bead supply and make something I’ll enjoy seeing out my window every day.

How to make a sparkling bead wind chime with bells


Make It!

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Start by drilling holes in your piece of driftwood (or wooden dowel). I used a pen to mark where I wanted the holes to go. I chose to make 5 holes but you could make as many as you like.

How to Make a Beaded Wind Chime with Bells Step (1)

Pour your beads, charms and bells into small bowls or teacups (I sorted mine by color). Then cut a length of nylon beading thread to approx. 22” in length. Tie a bell to one end leaving a few inches of excess thread at the end of the knot. Thread the needle onto the other end of the string.

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Begin threading beads onto the nylon string. I chose to have each strand be a different color, to create a rainbow effect. I also mixed in wooden beads and metal charms.

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Once you’ve finished beading your strand, unthread the needle. Then, making sure not to lose your beads, thread the needle onto the few inches of string you left at the bottom (from knotting the bell). Then insert the needle back up through two or three beads to hide the end of the thread. Snip off any excess string and carefully set the beaded strand aside and start the next one.

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Continue to create beaded strands until you have enough for each hole that you made in the driftwood.

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Once you’re done you can lay the finished strands out and make any adjustments you might want. I wanted my beaded wind chime to hang at different lengths so I removed a few beads from some strands and added beads to others until I achieved a look I liked.

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Next, carefully pick up the first strand. Thread the needle and string it through the first hole in the driftwood. Thread a bead onto the top of the wood and carefully tie a secure knot around the bead. Thread the excess string back down through the driftwood and through a few beads, then snip any excess.

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Repeat this process until all beaded strands are secured onto the wood.

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Finally, make a hanger by wrapping twine around one end of the wood, securing with a knot. Then allow some slack for the beaded wind chime to hang from and wrap the string around the other end of the wood. Secure with a knot (I also covered the end of my string with some kraft glue to hold it down) and you’re done! Hang outside a window where you can enjoy its beauty and hear it chime in the wind.

Beaded Wind Chime Craft Instructions

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About the Author : Rachel BeyerRachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker living in Portland, Oregon. She spends her days working at Molly Muriel Apothecary and blogging at Adventures In Making. Her favorite hobbies include cooking, gardening, and crafting.View all posts by Rachel Beyer

  1. Snehal
    SnehalApril 8,16

    This is so pretty! Loved it :)
    Thanks for sharing this idea!
    I have shared your post on my Facebook page:
    My readers will love it! :)

  2. Jeff
    JeffApril 21,16

    Looks super cool.

  3. Claire
    ClaireMay 2,16

    Love the use of drift wood it sets the whole chime off beautifully.

  4. Mother of 3
    Mother of 3May 2,16

    What a wonderful spring crafting project. I can’t wait to try this with my boys.

  5. Kim~madeinaday
    Kim~madeinadayMay 3,16

    This is too cute I love it! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on FB! Have a great week!

  6. Crystal
    CrystalMay 10,16

    So pretty and would make a beautiful addition to any garden space. Thanks for stopping by the #HomeMattersParty hope to see you back!

  7. Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
    Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzledMay 10,16

    This is so cute! Sharing on FB. Visiting from Dream to Reality party.

  8. Pearl Blay
    Pearl BlayMay 27,16

    A super way to use up odd beads! Will share on my blog so others can come visit!

  9. Claudia Crawford
    Claudia CrawfordMay 28,16

    Love this idea! I pinned this to my garden board On Pinterest!

  10. Nicole
    NicoleMay 29,16

    Love this! Going to make it for my father in law for Fathers Day. Quick question…did you buy the twine multi colored like that?

  11. Ang Paris
    Ang ParisJuly 12,16

    This is so lovely! Did you use a drill to make the holes in the drift wood?

  12. Mary-the boondocks blog
    Mary-the boondocks blogJuly 18,16

    Stephanie this is such a lovely project. A perfect way to use beads and to bring a bit of the beach into the garden. Pinning this great idea.

  13. Nadia
    NadiaAugust 31,16

    What size beads did you use?

    • Nadia
      NadiaAugust 31,16

      It’s beautiful BTW … I’m bead shopping online & want to make sure I don’t buy any that are too small! Thanks!

  14. Grace
    GraceDecember 22,16

    We will use this craft in out group at the Center for Vision Loss, which includes blind and visually impaired people. My daughter is one of them and we started the craft group in our women’s support group. We are always searching for new ideas which can be done inexpensively since our crafting is self-funded. We do accept any donations of excess craft items, by the way for anyone interested.

  15. Mick
    MickFebruary 14,17

    This is a great idea Rachel. Recycling nature’s own throwaways by using drift wood is truly being “green”. I like the way each chime is unique. I’m going to try this and look for different coloured bells.

  16. Janine Evans
    Janine EvansMarch 1,17

    What a unique idea. I have lots of beads floating around. Gives me a reason to sort them out. Thank you for sharing a great project.

  17. GardenofEP
    GardenofEPMarch 13,17

    I just made this for my mother in law who loves wind chimes. It will look wonderful in her yard. Thank you!

  18. Jill Smith
    Jill SmithJune 2,17

    Beautiful and thanks for the great idea!!! I can’t wait!!!

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