Recycled Wind Chimes

 A fun way to begin to teach your child about caring for their environment is to introduce the terms: reduce, reuse, recycle by reusing everyday household items in craft!

This is incorporated into sustainability and intentional teaching in early childhood education. Encouraging children to use items that would otherwise be thrown away is important in helping them to understand how to be sustainable in their everyday routines.

Using recyclable items in craft activities adds a whole new element to a project and new sensory challenges that will also help develop your child’s fine motor skills.

We have turned a few items bound for the bin into a colourful, musical wind chime.


Items Needed:

You can make the wind chime from any items that you have around the house. Here are a few of the items that we used to create our wind chime (Hint: the more they “ting” the better!):

  • Tins
  • Buttons
  • Bottle Caps
  • Straws
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
  • A large stick


  1. Start with painting the tins collected with bright colours. This way they have time to dry whilst putting together other items.
  2. Cut lengths of string to various sizes, around 30-60 centimetres.
  3. Tie a knot in the end of each piece of string to ensure that all items are secure.
  4. Begin to thread your recycled items on to the string. You may need to poke holes through bottle caps and tins to do so. Tip: Cut pieces of straw will create space and add more colour to each piece of string.
  5. Once you are happy with each section you can begin to tie the opposite end on to the stick. If you space them out to much they may not hit each other so be sure that they are spaced well for maximum chime! Around 4-5 centimetres.
  6. Once completed place your chime somewhere that you know the wind will catch and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the breeze flowing through.

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