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Simple & Pretty Homemade Wind Chimes Kids Can Make!

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Upcycle your tin cans into fun, homemade wind chimes that the kids can make!

I love finding ways to use recyclable items in our crafts. One of my go-to recycling bin picks: tin cans!

We were in the mood to create a cool craft with tin cans. Something pretty and decorative.

Henry and I rummaged through our recycling bins to find some tin cans in various shapes and sizes, including some lids.

Simple & Pretty Homemade Wind Chimes Kids Can Make!

Believe me, there’s a lot you can do with stuff from your recycling bin! Upcycle whatever you can for the kids to play and create with!

Paint some upcycled tin cans to make a pretty wind chime!

To make your own homemade wind chimes, you’ll need:

  • cleaned out tin cans
  • paint
  • string
  • hammer
  • nail
  • metal washers or nuts
  • glitter (optional)
  • tape (optional)

Remember to check over your cans for sharp edges. I taped around the rims of the cans to prevent any cuts.

Using his trusty green basting paintbrush, Henry painted the outside of the tin cans with washable tempera paint.

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Make your own upcycled wind chimes using tin cans and paint!

We had added glitter to the paint. But when painting it on the can, it didn’t show.

Of course, we had to see the glitter. So Henry shook a lot more on the tin cans when the paint was still wet.

Add glitter to make your upcycled craft really sparkle!

So glad we did this project outside! If you’re working inside, lay down some newspaper or even a plastic shower curtain liner to contain the mess.

After the paint dried, we punched holes in the bottom of the tin cans.

Henry actually refused to use the real hammer and would only use his yellow toy one. He was determined to make the hole.

Luckily he let me take a few swings in between his so I could punch it through.

Pounding nails - to make holes in the cans - is great fine motor practice!

I am quite impressed with Henry’s hand-eye coordination, he never once missed his target.

I strung a long piece of yarn through the holes and tied two washers onto the end of the string, inside the tin cans. One washer is used to hold the yarn in place, the other is placed at the end of the string to make a lovely clanking sound when it hits the tin can.

You could also use nuts or rocks instead of washers. Something that is hard enough to make a noise when it hits the can.

Henry tried threading the yarn through the washer holes but still continues to struggle with this. Yarn isn’t the best medium to practice threading since it comes unraveled and isn’t stiff.

Thread washers onto yarn to add a little jingle to your wind chimes!

Experiment with Sound

Once you’ve tied on your washers to the wind chimes, test out the noise it makes!

Henry noticed right away that different size washers make different noises. Different size tin cans make different noises, too!

Even before you string your homemade wind chimes, it's fun to swing them around and hear the sounds.

Hang up the tin cans so that they overlap each other.

The kids can make these tin can wind chimes for the porch!

Let the wind do its thing and enjoy the wonderful clanking of your homemade wind chimes! Or you can let your child do their thing and listen to it all the time!

We love to tap our wind chimes to hear the pretty sounds!

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Henry and I have been reading about the wind in The Windy Day, by Anna Milbourne (affiliate link).

Wind is everywhere around us, you need it to fly a kite, or turn a windmill for energy, or for the seagulls to fly! And even if its not blowing near you, its blowing somewhere!

For lots of crafty weather ideas, visit Red Ted Art’s Weather Themed Crafts and Tutorials. The tin can windchime by Learn 2 Grow inspired our DIY windchimes!

What weather activities have you done to go with our homemade wind chimes?

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