Recycled Wind Chime

Do you enjoy reusing items for different purposes?

Well if you do this is the activity for you. A wind chime adds an extra sensory element to your garden. Create wind chimes and mobiles using recycled or natural materials.

What will you need:


  • A selection of recycled items (keys, CDs, beads, buttons, tin cans, bottle tops.

  • A selection of natural materials (pine cones, shells, twigs) You could collect twigs and pine cones on your daily walk.

  • Scissors

  • String, ribbon or wire.

  • Nail and hammer (if using tin cans)

  • Get some inspiration, access the internet to research different wind chime designs.

  • Select what you will use for the base, this could be a tin can or a large twig. Decorate the tin, you can use sharpies or whatever materials you have available.

  • Select the materials you will use to make the chimes. These could be all natural materials, all recycled materials or a mixture. When selecting the materials think about the sounds that they will make and how they will look when moving in the breeze.

  • Cut string to different lengths and attach the chosen objects.

  • Attach the lengths of string to the base tightly. If using a tin can, ask an adult to punch some holes using a nail and a hammer, thread the string through and tie off with a knot.

  • Hang the wind chime outside and enjoy your creation.

Below are images of a tin can only wind chime.These have been spray painted and then hand painted. Use whatever resources you have available to you.

Tell us about it!

How you can support your child

Once you have made your recycled wind chime, take a photo of it. If you want to share a picture of what you have produced, you can submit it using the form found in the navigation bar titled "Tell us about it." You can also tweet us and tag @OGATrust on twitter, don't forget tagging your academy twitter account as well!

You can help too! How?

  • Supervise your child when using any tools

  • Complete some of the activities such as hammering for the child