Create Your Own Sounds of Summer with these Beautiful Beaded Wind Chimes

Beaded wind chimes are such a beautiful decoration for your porch, patio, or gazebo. They’re perfect for placing in the garden and make a lovely gift. I love the soft clinking sound of the beads brushing against each other and the subtle chime of the bells when the strands move back and forth.

You can make a rainbow colored wind chime like we did, or you can place the beads in a random order on each strand. That’s what’s so great about homemade wind chimes. There’s no wrong way to make them – it’s such a simple, yet creative, craft!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glass beads and/or clear pony beads
  • Driftwood/stick
  • Fishing line
  • Jingle bells
  • Twine

Step 1: Make and attach bead strands

  • Cut a strand of fishing line 26 inches long. Tie a bell onto one end of the fishing line (in a tight double knot) to create an anchor for your bead strands. Begin adding beads to the fishing line, letting them fall to the bottom of the strand against the bell. Continue feeding beads onto the fishing line until you have a bead strand that is roughly 14 inches long (excluding the bell). You can vary the length of the line if you’d prefer a staggered look on your chime. Tie the bead line to your twig as you complete each one. If you like, you can add a drop of glue to secure the bead line in place.

Step 2: Attach twine hanger

  • Cut a 3-foot piece of twine. Tie one end of the twine to each end of the twig, making sure to leave at least 16 inches hanging loose to use to suspend the chime. Cut off any extra twine.

Congratulations! You now have a beautiful new windchime!