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Updated August 28, 2023
Soda Can Wind Chimes
Soda Can Wind Chimes
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Learn how to make wind chimes using stuff from your recycling bin with this fun craft tutorial. Soda Can Wind Chimes are great because the silver material glistens in the sun and the thin metal makes a lovely sound when it clinks against the attached washers.

Find out how you can make these pretty DIY wind chimes with this easy, recycled craft tutorial. Just because recycled craft ideas are made out of used materials does not mean they can't be gorgeous.

Garden decorations like these lovely Earth Day crafts will add some sparkle to your yard and cost you absolutely nothing to make.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting


History of Wind Chimes

While you are making this decorative craft, you may be interested in the history of wind chimes. Wind chimes are considered to be a type of percussion instrument usually made from tubes, rods, or bells that make melodic sounds when clanked together in the wind.

The ancient Romans had their version of wind chimes made from bronze. They would hang them in gardens or courtyards to ward off evil spirits. In later years in India and China, wind chimes were hung at the edges of pagoda roofs to ward off pesky birds as well as evil spirits. As years went on, wind chimes became a symbol of status, growing more intricate in design and constructed to be more harmonious and pleasant to listen to.

Today, they are used as beautiful, outdoor decorations usually decorated with florals or natural colors. Now that you know wind chimes were used for good luck, you can make this fun craft to ward off those pesky evil spirits. 

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My dad use to make this when I was a kid and we lived on a farm. He had them all over. I can close my eyes and still hear them. I want to make some for my grand kids so they can have those memories too. Thanks for posting this.

Can't wait to make these this summer! I love butterflies :)

I would love to try this, but if I went out and bought punches and this and that for every project I want to do, I would soon be broke. Has anyone tried to make a butterfly template and use that to cut the shapes? Might have to hold it with pliers to keep from getting cut, but I wonder if it would work?

Yes, to answer your question I did make my own template for the butterfly. I traced one out of a coloring book. It worked just fine. I wore my garden gloves to cute them out of the cans. No finger cuts! I agree with you on some of these projects, I can't afford some of the supplies either!

This seems so cool. I can't wait until it gets warm enough for me to try this out.

So pretty! I love wind chimes and if I can make them on the cheap, even better.

I was able to go right to the sight. Looks like it is something I might try. Just have to wait until I get some soda cans. Sorry you others couldn't get to the sight.

I tried & tried to get the link to work with no success. Too bad, it looks like a cute project that I could do.

Really wanted to see does not work, even tried searching her site...nothing.

I found it on her website under Home Decor>Mobile>Recycled Wind Chimes. It's a very cute project! There are also a lot of other great projects under her site!

I googled it and came up with a few hits including ones on Youtube for some that need visual assistance

Bad link. Too bad, so sad

Project link DOES NOT WORK

link does not go to the project, only to the site that should contain it, but even by trying to find it by search, I can't find it :S


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