Homemade Wind Chimes – with Sticks Painted in Rainbow Colours

Homemade wind chimes made with sticks painted in a rainbow of colours add a splash of colour to any backyard or patio!  A fun nature craft for kids to make for their own yard or to give as a gift to someone special!

My list of Spring Craft Ideas is as long as my arm!  Making homemade wind chimes has been up there at the top of that list. Well, today, while we were out walking in the gorgeous spring weather, the hooligans just happened to start collecting sticks.  You know what’s coming, right?  You got it!  Homemade wind chimes!  And not just any old, homemade wind chimes!  Homemade RAINBOW wind chimes!


easy homemade stick wind chimes - happy hooligans


Until recently, I hadn’t given much thought to how we would make our wind chimes, and then I came upon this fabulous, colourful key wind chime on Inner Child Giving, made by Carla over at Small & Friendly, and it all came together for me.

What you’ll need to make your rainbow wind chimes:

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supplies for homemade rainbow wind chimes

How to make homemade wind chimes:

We started by snapping our sticks into lengths of about 8-10 inches.

Next, we peeled the bark off the sticks.  This is actually quite fun, and older kids might really get into this part.  The hooligans are a bit young, and found it tedious after a few minutes, so I ended up doing this part mostly by myself.

Then, everyone got a sanding block or a piece of sandpaper, and gave their sticks a quick once-over to remove any remaining bits of bark.  The hooligans love sanding wood.  For a fun activity, I sometimes set out a few pieces of scrap wood and some sanding blocks for the hooligans to have a go at.  They think it’s great.   They’re always impressed by how satiny the wood feels after giving it a good scrubbing. kids using sanding blocks and sandpaper


Then, each stick got 2 coats of acrylic paint.  painted sticks for homemade wind chimes

The sticks dried quickly in the sun, and then I brushed on a coat of craft varnish.  This step is important for a couple of reasons.  Firstly: because these sticks will be hanging in the yard, the varnish will offer some protection from the elements, and secondly: a great craft looks even better with a coat of varnish.  From paper mache to painted rocks, a coat of varnish will take your craft from “ok” to “WOWZA” in a matter of seconds.  It adds some shine and makes your colours really “pop”.


When the sealer was dry, we screwed tiny screw-eyes into one end of each stick.  I started each one, and the hooligans finished twisting them in.  Depending on how hard your wood is, your child may require very little or a lot of assistance with this part.screweyes and sticks for homemade wind chimes

I then tied a long length of acrylic yarn to each hook, and took the sticks back to the oak tree beside our playhouse, and tied them to the lowest branch.



Can you hear me doing my happy dance?

Check it OUT!homemade rainbow wind chimes - happy hooligans


Aren’t they awesome?

And when the hooligans jump up and swat at them,IMG_7396

or when the wind blows…




See?  Proof once again that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or get too fancy when it comes to crafting.

homemade wind chimes with painted sticks

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  1. waggore says

    So pretty. I love the rainbow color- gives some bright to outside even if it’s cloudy! My girls love hunting for things in nature and they love rainbows- ROY G BIV is talked about almost daily! Love the post.


  2. says

    I love these! We just collected our sticks. We are going to add these to our end of the year teacher gift for my daughters kindergarten classroom. I thought I would have all the kids sign the sticks and present it to their teacher as a gift to her future students. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!!

  3. Rachel Jones says

    Do they make a nice sound or just klunky sticks banging together? I love the sound of the bamboo chimes, I am sure they are not like that but just wondering!

    • happyhooligans says

      I think they sound nice. Kind of like bamboo, but they’re not hollow, so not quite the same. More than anything they’re a really vibrant visual accent in our playspace, and fun for the kids to knock together with a stick.

    • happyhooligans says

      Thank you so much, Julie! I’m glad you enjoyed our chimes. This craft was one of my favourites from this past year.

  4. Nana says

    We’re doing this tomorrow…made TP roll chicks today and TP roll bunnies last week. My grandson (and I) love doing crafts!! Yours are the best!!

  5. Vivian McDermott says

    So delightful to hang this colourful wind home on a tree outdoors. Will be going on a Nature Hunt with the cherubs soon.

  6. marilyn says

    I am a little slow in starting this project, but now that my granddaughter is out of school for the summer, I have to find something interesting for her to be involve with. She is limited in what she can do and I thought this would be a fun thing (even if I do most of it. She will enjoy the final outcome of this project for sure. Thank you for all of your great ideas.

    • happyhooligans says

      You’re so welcome, Marilyn! You’ll both enjoy this one. I did have to help with the hooks, and strings, but the kids had a great time peeling the bark off the sticks, sanding them and painting them. Some of the older ones were able to twist the hooks in (great fine-motor building there) once I’d started them for them.

  7. michelle says

    Oh my gosh!! 2 of my Kindergarten Kiddos just collected sticks on the playground yesterday! They left them in a “safe hiding spot”, and after seeing this, I am going to have them bring them into the classroom this morning, and we are going to make these!! Thanks for sharing! =-)

  8. Pauline says

    Thanks for sharing – A nice & easy fun activity, with so much learning opportunities. Looking forward to giving it a try.

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