Beaded Wind Chimes

String a variety of beads and drinking straw to make this colorful wind chime craft.
Beaded Wind Chimes craft


  • Paper cup
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Strings
  • Big beads
  • Small bells
  • Metal shank button or metal washer
  • Drinking straws
  • Poster paint or acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Safety Tips

  • Small craft materials such as beads and little round bells are choking hazards. These are not suitable for children below the age of three.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Beaded Wind Chimes 1. Trim a paper cup to a height of approximately 2 to 3 inches.
Step 2 Beaded Wind Chimes Ask for an adult's help.2. Punch 4 evenly-spaced holes around the cup's mouth.
Step 3 Beaded Wind Chimes 3. Paint the paper cup with poster paint and make your own designs. You may even finger paint if you like.

*Use acrylic paint if the surface of your paper cup is glossy or waxy.
Step 4 Beaded Wind Chimes 4. Cut 4 equal lengths of string approximately 12 inches long. Cut a 5th string that is 2 inches longer.
Step 5 Beaded Wind Chimes 5. Tie a small bell at the end of 4 of the strings. Set the 5th string aside for the pendulum.
Step 6 Beaded Wind Chimes 6. Cut drinking straws into ¾ to 1-inch long pieces.
Step 7 Beaded Wind Chimes 7. String beads and drinking straws through each of the 4 strings. Leave an allowance of 1.5 to 2 inches at the top of each string.
Step 8 Beaded Wind Chimes 8. Attach the beaded strings around the painted paper cup by securing the top end of each string around the punched-out holes.
Step 9 Beaded Wind Chimes Ask for an adult's help.9. To make the pendulum, trim a pipe cleaner to around 6 inches and make a loop on one end.
Step 10 Beaded Wind Chimes 10. Tie one end of the 5th string through the loop on the pipe cleaner.
Step 11 Beaded Wind Chimes 11. Attach a metal shank button or metal washer on the other end of the string.
Step 12 Beaded Wind Chimes Ask for an adult's help.12. Punch a small hole at the center of the paper cup base.
Step 13 Beaded Wind Chimes 13. Attach the pendulum to the wind chimes by inserting the end of the pipe cleaner through the hole at the center of the paper cup. Pull all the way through, the loop on the pipe cleaner serves as a stopper.
Step 14 Beaded Wind Chimes 14. Check if the metal button or washer is at the same level as the bells.
Step 15 Beaded Wind Chimes 15. Loop the pipe cleaner on top to make the wind chimes' handle.
Step 16 Beaded Wind Chimes 16. Hang the wind chimes where it can catch a soft breeze.

Earth Friendly Tips

  • Make earth-friendly beads with giant salt dough beads instead of purchasing plastic beads. Learn how to make them with our Dough Bead Jewelry craft.
  • When it's finally time to dispose of, or dismantle your craft project, sort out the materials that you can re-use (e.g. beads, bells, etc).