By Home Decor Contributor Alyssa
I’ve been finding myself at Anthropologie a lot these days because I like their mugs and they’re about all I can afford at that place. Recently, while hunting for another mug to add to my displayed collection, I happened upon a very pretty and simple wind chime, made of pieces of fabric and old, hammered metal bells. I checked the price tag and not surprisingly, the hanging scrap fabric and bells were over $30.
Here is a DIY for a very similar wind chime, with a few tweaks to make it a bit more unique.
What you’ll need:
- Two or three types of fabric (I found mine at Goodwill for super cheap!)
- 18 medium sized bells (I used these)
- Your choice of yarn (I have black pictured here, but I decided to switch to white halfway through)
- Optional: A large needle or some glue
Quick Tip: I laid out a blanket on my floor because I knew I would get tons of little threads everywhere and I wanted to work on a surface I could just clean with a lint roller when I was through.
To begin, cut a strip of fabric to your preferred length. For this project, it’s important to know that your fabric will only make up about 2/3 the length of the entire wind chime, so don’t cut it too long (unless you want it to be super long!)
Tie a piece of yarn to the top like this:
Make sure the yarn is long enough to attach another strip of fabric to the other end.
Tie a bell to the end of your strip of fabric, making sure not too much of the fabric is left loose at the end of the knot.
You can sort of do whatever you want to your strips of fabric – knot them in the middle, add another bell to the middle, braid them, knot them with a square knot, etc. I went with variations of strips with bells tied in the middle and braids with bells in the middle of those as well. When braiding or knotting your fabric, tie it at the top with the same piece of yarn you used for your first strip, at the other end, so there’s a little arc in the middle (you will do this with each strip to attach them to each other).
You will want to anchor your braid-to-be while braiding – I anchored mine to a little cabinet door, like this:
After making each strip and attaching the bells, trim your yarn and fabric at the ends so nothing is sticking out, which would make your wind chime look generally sloppy and weird. You can put a little dab of glue on your knots, if you would like to give your wind chime a little extra strength/you live in a particularly windy area. Once you have trimmed and have four or five sets of fabric strips with bells attached, you are ready to hang them!
First, you will need to cut another strip of your fabric. Loop it and connect it at the ends, like a paper chain. I sewed mine through with a big needle, but you use glue, thread, whatever works best for you.
Next, cut a very long piece of yarn. Arrange your fabric strips the way you like them, then begin connecting the strips to the fabric loop with the yarn, looping through the fabric, then the yarn “arcs” connecting your strips, back through the fabric, back through the yarn arcs, until the ends meet up.
I like to tie it inside the fabric loop, so the knot is not visible while it’s hanging. Trim any excess yarn at the knot, add a dab of glue if you feel like it.
After this, all you will need to do is tie one more piece of yarn through the top of the loop for hanging. And you are done! Enjoy. 🙂