Introduction: 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.

Any mention of this project must provide a link to with credit to Ryan McFarland.

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


patricia adams made it! (author)2012-10-27

this is a good one i will be making one if i can find the toy to do it,thanks

sunshiine made it! (author)2011-07-18

What a great idea! I love this!!!!!

MsheArt2 made it! (author)2011-03-30

Nice idea and I like your choice of materials .

SugarTeen52 made it! (author)2007-05-19

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?

evil_jweller made it! (author)evil_jweller2009-06-04

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.

SugarTeen52 made it! (author)SugarTeen522009-06-09

Wow, cool -- thanks!

SugarTeen52 made it! (author)SugarTeen522007-05-19

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.

headlessbubble made it! (author)2009-03-11

neat, I want to try it

bill95 made it! (author)2007-05-18

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)

Kiribub made it! (author)2007-03-17

Nice job! If you remove say, every other bar, you might eliminate some dissonance, and have enough to make a second set.

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