These homemade rainbow-coloured wind chimes made with painted sticks will add a splash of colour to any backyard or patio! This is a fun and easy nature craft for kids to make for their own yard or to give as a gift to someone special!
Well, today, while we were out walking in the gorgeous spring weather, the hooligans collected a bunch of sticks. When we got home, it dawned on me that we could turn our sticks into wind chimes. Not just any old wind chimes, but colourful rainbow wind chimes.
We just love making wind chimes here in my daycare. You can make the out of almost anything and they always look fantastic when you’re done.
You can check out a collection of some of our favourites here.
I was inspired to make these wind chimes the other day when I spotted this key wind chime over on Inner Child Giving. I loved how bright and cheerful it was, and how simple it was to make. I knew the kids would love making something similar to hang from the tree beside our playhouse.
To make your rainbow wind chimes, you’ll need:
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- sanding block
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- craft varnish
- small screw eyes
- yarn (or fishing line, jute, twine etc.)
How to make our rainbow 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 step 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.
Then, each stick got 2 coats of acrylic paint.
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. For starters, because these sticks will be hanging in the yard, the varnish will offer some protection from the elements. 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 “WOW” in a matter of seconds. It adds some shine and makes your colours really “pop”.
When the varnish 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.
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!
Aren’t they awesome?
And when the hooligans jump up and swat at them,
or when the wind blows…
Proof once again that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or get too fancy when it comes to crafting.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.