Picture of Xylophone windchime from a children's toy
Here is a quick, easy and inexpensive project that will bring back fond memories of childhood for almost anyone. Bright colors and memorable tones make this a nice gift for someone of almost any age and interest.

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Old toy xylophone (actually more accurately a Metallophone)
Beaded key chains
3 feet of beaded chain
2 oval compression sleeves for cable
Piece of scrap metal or wood

Eye protection
Side cutting or diagonal cutting pliers
Power drill
Vice grip pliers
Square and tape measure
Hand saw for metal or wood
this is a good one i will be making one if i can find the toy to do it,thanks
sunshiine4 years ago
What a great idea! I love this!!!!!
MsheArt24 years ago
Nice idea and I like your choice of materials .
SugarTeen528 years ago
Hi, I work on miniature projects a lot. I'm hoping to make miniature wind chimes, but I can't find anything inaffordable enough (like household materials such as paper clips) that makes a nice jangly noise. Do you have any suggestions?
check out the local hardware store. Copper pipe is relatively cheap, looks nice if you polish it up, and can be tuned by cutting to length. Maybe a little bit large for what you want, but wander around the plumbing section and you should get some ideas.
Wow, cool -- thanks!
P.S. I'm using the same loop for the wind chimes as I do for my dream catchers in an instructable I made, so that might give you an idea of the size range I'm talking about.
neat, I want to try it
bill958 years ago
I wonder whether putting the chimes in a different order would make it more musical - C, E, G, B, D, F, A, C (or purple, dark green, yellow, red, blue, light green, orange, purple)
Kiribub8 years ago
Nice job! If you remove say, every other bar, you might eliminate some dissonance, and have enough to make a second set.