Homemade Wind Chimes the Kids Can Make!


These are some fun to make, homemade, upcycled wind chimes that the kids can make!

Homemade Wind Chimes the Kids Can Make!

Henry and I rummaged through our recycling bins to find some tin cans in various shapes and sizes, including some lids. Believe me, there’s a lot you can do with stuff from your recycling bin! Upcycle whatever you can for the kids to play and create with!

[I taped around the rims of the cans to prevent any cuts.]

Using his trusty green basting paintbrush, Henry painted the outside of the tin cans with washable tempera paint.

Wind chimes made from tin cans!

[We had added glitter to the paint, but when painting it on the can, it didn't show.]

Of course, we had to see the glitter, so Henry shook a lot some more on the tin cans when the paint was still wet.

Wind chimes made from tin cans!

[So glad we did this project outside!]

After the paint dried, we punched holes in the bottom of the tin cans.

Henry actually refused to use the real hammer and would only use his yellow toy one. He was determined to make the hole. [Luckily he let me take a few swings in between his so I could punch it through.]

Wind chimes made from tin cans!

I am quite impressed with Henry’s hand-eye coordination, he never once missed his target.

I strung a long piece of yarn through the holes and tied two washers onto the end of the string, inside the tin cans. One washer is used to hold the yarn in place, the other is placed at the end of the string to make a lovely clanking sound when it hits the tin can.

[You could also use nuts or rocks instead of washers, whatever is hard enough to make a noise when it hits the can.]

Henry tried threading the yarn [find more fine motor materials and activities] through the washer holes, but still continues to struggle with this. Yarn isn’t the best medium to practice threading with, it comes unraveled and isn’t stiff.

Fine motor practice

Once you’ve tied on your washers to the wind chimes, test out the noise it makes!

Henry noticed right away that different size washers make different noises. Different size tin cans make different noises, too!

Listening for sound in our homemade wind chimes

Hang up the tin cans so that they overlap each other. Let the wind do its thing and enjoy the wonderful clanking of your homemade wind chimes! [Or you can let your child do their thing too and listen to it all the time!]

Listening for sound in our homemade wind chimes

Henry and I have been reading about the wind in The Windy Day, by Anna Milbourne.

Wind is everywhere around us, you need it to fly a kite, or turn a windmill for energy, or for the seagulls to fly! And even if its not blowing near you, its blowing somewhere!

For lots of crafty weather ideas, visit Red Ted Art’s Weather Themed Crafts and Tutorials. The tin can windchime by Learn 2 Grow inspired our DIY windchimes!

What weather activities have you done to go with our homemade wind chimes?

Click the image for 26 tin can crafts, music and activities kids can do! The wind chime are one of them!

 What to do with a Tin Can? 26 Tin Can Activities, Music & Crafts for Kids!


Henry was 3 years old.

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  1. Art For Little Hands says

    I love this. How does it sound? I have been thinking our yard was missing some chimes. I love the glitter on these!

  2. The Art Fairy says

    Have you ever tried putting a piece of tape at the end of the yarn when he's practicing lacing? It will make it sort of like a shoelace and prevent the end from getting unraveled. Love all these projects! You are a great mom!

  3. Nicole {tired, need sleep} says

    Oh, love this!! Thanks for sharing – I am putting this on our summer to-do list. :)

  4. RedTedArt says

    Oh I LIKE, actually I LOVE!!! What a fab craft and what a fab book! Hooray for your first Book & Craft post!!


  5. Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace says

    How fun! Great activity. For a weather activity, we have made clouds in bottles.

  6. Jen Green says

    What a fantastic idea. Thank you so much for the idea. It's not only recycling, and decorative, and crafty, and musical, and visual, and tactile, but also weather-related! Whew. What a great project. Thanks!

  7. rachelle | tinkerlab says

    it's beautiful, jamie! i love the picture of henry in the sunglasses. are they his safety glasses? :)

  8. Cathy@pre-schoolplay says

    Wow perfect timing! These will be great to add to our music wall that we created last week.

  9. Radtke Customs says

    We flew plastic bags one windy day. Tied string to the handles and raced around the yard.

  10. Mama Pea Pod says

    How fun! I don't know why, but these days I'm slightly obsessed with the outdoor music play idea, and these are the perfect addition to an outdoor music area! I especially love the glitter – definitely makes them extra special!

  11. Mama Pea Pod says

    Oh, btw, I just shared on fb, but would love for you to come over and link this up to Friday's Outdoor Play blog hop linky!

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