DIY Modern Wind Chimes

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

Does it feel to late in the year for a post about wind chimes?

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

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I’m joining a great group of bloggers to share some inspiration for something we all love doing: upcycling! Thrift stores are a gold mine of neglected treasures. I usually can’t walk into a thrift store and walk out empty handed. There are some things I go for all the time, like picture frames and vases, but there are a whole lot of overlooked treasures, and we are going to show you a few amazing makeovers!

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

Have you seen wind chimes like these before? Farmhouse may not be my style, but I knew right away I could reuse these parts and make something beautiful!

Materials Needed to Make Your Wind Chimes:

  • Old Set of Wind Chimes
  • 2×4″ (cut down to 1/2″ by 2″)
  • Screw eyes (3/4″)
  • Speed Square
  • Mitre Saw
  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Paint (I used Fusion Mineral Paint)

How to Make Wind Chimes:

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

If you want to make a modern miniature house on the top of your wind chimes, start by cutting your 2×4″ board to size. We wanted to use some scrap wood from a 1/6″ board so we glued them together. I glued them and clamped them overnight. When they were set the next day, I sand them down on all sides. (This photo shows a really long piece, but you only need about 5″).

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

Set your mitre saw to the furtherest angle, or just under 60 degrees, and cut off the end of your new board – this will make the first side of your house roof.

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

Next, use your speed square to draw a horizontal line from that corner you just created to the other side. Find the exact middle of that line (ours was about 7/8″).

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

Next, slide your speed square up until your middle point (7/8″) meets your previously cut angle, and mark that spot. This is the point of your roof.

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

Draw a line between the point and the previous line and use the mitre saw to cut the other side of the roof.

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

Then return your saw blade to the centre and cut your house to length.

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

We also drew out some windows and chiseled them down. They look amazing! But they are totally unneccessary, lol.

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

When your house is done, use a drill with a drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of your screw eyes hooks, and screw into the top of your house. Rotate one hook into place on top, using the pliers to help.

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

Measure the same distance from each of the four corners of the base of your house and drill into those four spots. Also, find the center of your base and drill into the center. Screw 5 screw eyes into place.

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

When all of your cuts are done, you can paint or sand your houses. I used black because… well, I paint everything black, lol.

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

This is where our thrifted wind chimes come into play. If you already have chimes and ropes configured, why reinvent the wheel?? We took the hooks of rope off of the thrifted wind chimes, one piece as a time and put them into the new hooks we created.

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

Beautiful! Now here’s a set of wind chimes that I would actually hang up!

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

The DIY miniature house looks adorable and the chimes still sound great!

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

I replaced the hanging cow with three simple hanging beads. Looks pretty good, don’t you think?!

Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes! Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes! Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes! Beautiful modern wind chimes! Add beautiful decor to your outdoor space or deck with this simple thrift store update! Love the miniature houses and the stylish new take on wind chimes!

Now check out what some of my creative friends did with their thrifted finds! 

Metal Bar Stools by Love & Renovations

Thrift Store Play Kitchen Makeover by A Crafted Passion

How To Paint Candlesticks by Green with Decor

How to Upcycle A Shabby Chic Mirror by Home Beautifully

White Pumpkin Decor by Making Manzanita

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover by Small Stuff Counts

Spray Painting Picture Frames by Amber Oliver

DIY Wind Chimes by Love Create Celebrate

If you like thrift store makeovers, check out these great projects: 

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The perfect storage solution for your home office! This modern Desk Organizer took less than 10 minutes to make!

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