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How to Make Homemade Bamboo Wind Chimes

By Katherine Kally ; Updated September 21, 2017

Wind chimes add an air of whimsy wherever you choose to hang them. You can make homemade bamboo wind chimes for a naturally beautiful addition to your garden or backyard. Wind chimes made from bamboo alone knock more than they chime, but the sound is pleasantly soothing. Add strands of beads, crystals or bells to the bamboo chimes if you’d like a more eclectic design. Either way, the homemade wind chimes are simple to construct and will last for years.

Cut a 14-inch long strip of a 2-inch diameter bamboo stalk. Measure and mark 2-inch increments along the length of the stalk. You should have six marks.

Drill holes through the bamboo at each of the marks. Drill holes on either end of the bamboo stalk, as close to the edge as possible. This is the header for the bamboo wind chimes.

Cut a 30-inch length of fishing line. Thread one end horizontally through the length of the bamboo stalk header. Bring the ends of the line together and tie a triple over hand knot. Cover the knot with clear waterproof adhesive. This is the hanger for the wind chimes.

Measure and cut one 2-inch diameter bamboo stalk in the following lengths: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 inches. You will have a total of eight bamboo stalks. The varying lengths of the stalks will give the homemade bamboo chimes the stair-stepped look of a pipe organ.

Drill one hole through each bamboo stalk, 1/2 inch from one end.

Cut eight 10-inch lengths of fishing line.

Thread one length of fishing line halfway through the longest long bamboo stalk. Hold the ends of the line together evenly. Thread three to five 4mm wooden beads over the doubled fishing line, down to the top of the bamboo stalk. Thread the ends of the fishing line through the last hole on either end of the bamboo stalk header. Tie a double overhand knot as the line exits the top of the header. Cover the knot with clear waterproof adhesive. Cut away the excess line.

Repeat Step 7 with each of the bamboo stalks. Attach each stalk to the header successively by length. Keep the tops of the stalks even with each other.


Things You Will Need

  • 2-inch diameter bamboo stalks
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Small drill bit
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
  • 4mm wooden beads
  • Clear waterproof adhesive

About the Author


Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.