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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 that 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

Materials:

Make It!

How to Make a Beaded Wind Chime with Bells Step (2)

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.

How to Make a Beaded Wind Chime with Bells Step (3)

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.

How to Make a Beaded Wind Chime with Bells Step (6)

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.

How to Make a Beaded Wind Chime with Bells Step (4)

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

How to Make a Beaded Wind Chime with Bells Step (5)

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.

How to Make a Beaded Wind Chime with Bells Step (7)

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.

How to Make a Beaded Wind Chime with Bells Step (8)

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

How to Make a Beaded Wind Chime with Bells Step (9)

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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Comments

  1. We just completed this project as part of our DIY summer camp. My sons – 7 and 8 – LOVED it and had so much fun. Thanks for the beautiful idea!

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