Add personality to your outdoor space with a creative DIY wind chime made with inexpensive materials.
People have been harnessing the power of the wind to make noise for thousands of years. Wind chimes were hung along the eaves of pagodas in Asia to scare off evil spirits, but you can appreciate their musical jingling right in your backyard. This DIY project repurposes old keys to sound their music when the wind picks up.
Select a small branch sturdy enough to hold several keys. Cut pieces of embroidery thread in different colors of your choice. Wrap thread several times around the top of the stick. Tie to secure and pull the end of the thread underneath the thread loop you created. Repeat with other colors of thread to make a colorful wrapped design as desired.
Cut another piece of thread, longer this time. Tie one end to each end of the stick for hanging. Depending on the weight of your wind chime, you may need to use thicker string for this step.
Pick out some keys to use for this project. You could make it a special memento with old house keys, or hunt through thrift shops and flea markets for unique antique keys. To hang them, simply tie additional pieces of thread to the stick and thread the other end through the key. Vary the lengths of string and tie them at different intervals to give the mobile casual style. Trim any excess thread that remains after tying. Hang your new wind chime outside and let it gently wave and clink in the breeze!