Make these homemade rainbow coloured wind chimes with sticks found in nature. They’ll add a splash of colour to any backyard or patio! Hang them in your own yard, or give them as a gift to someone special!
We love to make wind chimes here in my daycare. You can make them out of almost anything and they always look fantastic when you’re done. You can see all of our homemade windchimes here.
I was inspired to make these rainbow wind chimes the other day when I spotted this colourful key wind chime over on Inner Child Giving. I loved how cheery theirs looked, and how simple the project was.
I knew the hooligans would love to make something similar to hang from the tree beside our playhouse. Because we like to craft with items found in nature, we used sticks the kids collected on a walk to make our wind chimes.
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.)
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, we painted each stick with two coats of acrylic craft paint.
The sticks dried quickly in the sun, and then I brushed on a coat of craft varnish.
The varnish is important for a couple of reasons. Because these sticks will be hanging in the yard, the varnish will offer some protection from the elements. Also, the varnish really makes the paint colours 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.
Ready? Ooooo! 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 crafting with your kids.
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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.