Super easy to make wind chime, made with leftover materials from other projects, total cost $0

Materials needed:
nylon string 
scrap wood (solid wood, not pressed such as mdf or plywood. if/when it gets wet it will eventually fall apart)
aluminium tube

Tools needed:
jig saw 
hack saw
tape measure
sand paper
drill bit (a little bit bigger than the size of the thread)

first step... figure out what you want it to look like.
I made mine to have 6 chime thingies with a hexagon mount.
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Step 1:

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On the piece of wood you're going to want to draw out the shape of the top mount, the middle piece that chimes the aluminium and the bottom wind catcher thing.
Once drawn out on wood cut them out. i used a jig saw for this.

Using the drill, drill a hole in the center of the piece that chimes and holes in the top mounting piece. See the picture for an explanation of the holes
Once you have all your holes driller grab your sand paper and sand everything down, round all the edges/corners.The smoother and nicer the finish you have the better it will look in the long run, so take your time.

sharpstick10 months ago

Thicker tubing material will make a richer sound. And drilling your suspension holes at 22.4% of the length at the vibration node will lessen dampening of the vibration. (This is the point where the pipe doesn't move while vibrating.)

waterbaby1 year ago
Years ago I bought gorgeously-toned large wind chime which weathered the weather year round for a couple of decades before the strings started to fail. Just the other day I was thinking how nice it would be to hear it again and that I really ought to figure out how to fix it -- and now thanks to you I can!
Beautiful! I love listening to wind chimes :D
cyber51 year ago
Looks good! I made some chimes years ago and found a cool website that explains where to drill holes to hang them and how long to cut them if you want to tune them for the best sound, or to specific musical notes.
darman121 year ago
Sweet chimes! We made similar chimes in 8th grade pre-algebra. We even used a guitar tuner to calibrate each tube. Can't resist commenting on your wind catcher; it looks like a coffin :) Great job!