Imagine a quiet afternoon with a soft breeze. Now add a gentle tinkling sound that brings peace to your soul. Yes, we're talking about bamboo wind chimes. They're charming and calming, and guess what?
You can make one yourself without breaking the bank!
Keep reading to learn how to create your own bamboo wind chime.
Does Bamboo Make a Good Wind Chime?
Bamboo is hollow. That makes it perfect for wind chimes. It's easy to cut and shape. Plus, it gives off a lovely, soft sound when the wind blows.
But remember, bamboo is natural. It needs some care to last long. You can use oils to keep it safe from rain or sun.
What Do You Need?
Ready to make one? Gather these items first:
- Bamboo Sticks: Around 5 to 6 pieces, each at least one inch thick.
- Plywood: A square piece about 14 to 16 inches.
- String: Strong, braided cord or even fishing wire. About five feet will do.
- Drill: For making holes.
- Saw: A fine-toothed one for bamboo.
- Jigsaw: To cut the plywood.
- Glue: A hot glue gun with wood glue sticks.
- Paint: Exterior paint to protect the wood.
- Oil: To protect the bamboo. Use pure Tung oil or marine varnish.
Best String To Use
A braided cord is best. It's strong. Fishing wire works too. Just make sure the holes you drill fit the string you use.
Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Bamboo Wind Chime
Cut the Bamboo and Shape it
Cut your bamboo sticks into different lengths. Make sure each piece has two segments. This makes them stronger and better for sound.
Secure your bamboo and make a cut at the open end. This helps the wind go up the tube and make a sound.
Drill Holes and cut the plywood disc
Drill two holes at the top of each bamboo stick. Do this carefully. Measure all the bamboo sticks' diameters. Add them up and add one more inch. Cut a plywood disc of this size.
Mark the Disc and do some threading
Divide your disc into as many parts as you have bamboo tubes. Use a pencil and ruler for this. Drill holes for the string at the marks you made on the plywood disc.
Thread string through holes and tie knots to keep it in place.
Stagger the Chimes and Make the Hammer
Adjust the bamboo sticks so they are at different heights.
Cut another, smaller disc from the plywood. This is your hammer that makes the sound. String the Hammer. To do this, thread strings through the small disc and tie them up.
Make Hanging String and breeze catcher
Make a hanging string just like you did for the hammer. Cut a shape from plywood. Hang it below the hammer. This helps make sound when it's windy. Secure all strings with hot glue.
Finally, paint and oil everything to protect it.
How To Care For Your Wind Chime
Clean them in autumn. Use a new string if the old one looks bad. Put on a new coat of varnish and oil to keep them fresh.
Making a bamboo wind chime is fun and easy. You can even do it with kids. They're beautiful to look at and have a soothing sound. Take good care of them, and they will last for years. They also make perfect gifts for friends and family.
Hi there, I’m Sam Billings, and I’m all about sustainability. Running a printing business is my thing, but my real passion is preserving nature. That’s why I run the Live Health blog, where I focus on Bamboo plants and their eco-friendly goodness.