Cardboard Wind Chime




Introduction: Cardboard Wind Chime

A lovely hand painted wind chime created out of waste cardboard rolls....

Items you need:

1.Cardboard rolls from Foil packets

2.Wooden beading

3.Acrylic colours

4.Bells, trinkets, chimes

5.Colorful threads

6.Drill machine


8.Toothpicks/ Match sticks

Step 1: Shaping Up

I decided to create a best out of waste with the cardboard rolls that come with the Food foils (aluminium foils, wraps)...

I took the cardboard rolls and cut it into desired length. Then after deciding the placement (one of the roll I had was thicker and hence heavier), I measured the beading strip and cut it into required length.

Taking the centre of the roll as the centre of fixing on beading, holes were drilled into place.

Step 2: Jazz It Up...

All rolls and the beading were given a base coat and left to dry. After sufficient drying period, I decided to put random patterns for each one of them. You may want to keep a regular pattern.

Step 3: Tie....

Again small holes were dig at the top of each roll to put the toothpick/matchstick. Bells, trinkets were tied to the colorful thread one end of which was tied to the centre of toothpick. Take care as to show the loose end to come out of the roll. Then another thread was tied at the ends of toothpick coming out of the roll. I decided to keep random lengths of these threads in each of the rolls.

Now when each of the roll was hanging on its own thread they were passed through the holes in beading at their pre decided arrangements forming an eye on top of the beading. Lastly, another thread for the final hanging was passed through each of the eyes of the rolls.

Tip: Since, the end holes had become little big in my case, the upper thread was not lying flat. So, I decided to the tie the thread on the underside of the beading with another bells. This made it fix in place and more decorative.
Hope you enjoy doing it as much as you did.
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    7 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Those look like very authentic wind chimes, had I not seen you making them, I would have thought they where real Bamboo. I had similar project while I was back in high school, I actually used real bamboo to make clay molds for a papier mashé version of wind chimes, I wanted to get the real painted bamboo look, but since I had only one piece, I used papier mashé instead.

    Eric |


    7 years ago on Step 3

    Looks really cool. Really looks like bamboo! Can't wait to try it.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    thanks a lot... do post pictures of your version....

    It's beautiful! I was thinking about wind chimes while instructables page was loading! and there it was, a wind chime ible! wow, you just made my day!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    thanks a lot for your lovely comment....


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks ... its my first instructable... and your comments means a lot to me....