It’s my favorite time of the month! It’s Thrift Store Decor Wednesday! I’m doing a wind chime makeover. I have an empty bracket on a texas lamppost in my backyard camper retreat.
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Look at how sad this wind chime is! It definitely has seen better days. The key to repairing a wind chime is to look at how it’s made before you disassemble it. Take pictures! You may think you will remember, but I guarantee you, you will be referencing the photo on your phone as you stumble through the assembly process. Oh wait! That’s just me?
NOTE: See the small tacks in the holes? Keep those!
How do I fix my wind chime?
- Rusted O- Ring
- Broken top piece
- Tubes missing because string broke
- Clapper is so/so
- Windcatcher is missing
Fixing a wind chime isn’t really that difficult. I repaired and refreshed a wind chime a few years ago. So this isn’t my first rodeo. I am a lover of wind chimes, and have several in the front yard. Recently, I hung one of them in the backyard makeover, but I need one more back there. I could buy a new wind chime, but why should I when I can makeover this broken wind chime?
Use a craft wood base
Because this wind chime top was round, I decided to stick with a round shape. I had this round wooden base in my stash and it was nearly the perfect size. Good enough for me!
How to mark holes in new wind chime top
While trying to figure out how to mark the holes, I decided it would be best to clamp the broken pieces onto the new top of the wind chime. You can see that I drilled right through the existing holes on the broken top.
Use Wax Thread to restring Wind Chime
This is the wax cord I used when I repaired my other broken wind chime. I bought it on Amazon.
Spray Paint Wind Chime wooden parts
I stained the other wind chime I repaired, but I chose to spray paint the wooden parts of this one. Looking at the wooden top, can you see how confusing all those holes can be?
Replace top string
The first step of restringing a wind chime is to re-establish the top string. After doing this, I hung it up to make it easier to restring the tubes.
For this step I used three pieces of the wax thread, inserting each one up through the bottom in the three pairs of center holes. So, each pair of holes will have two ends coming up.
Grabbing those 6 ends, I tied and knot and secured it all to the O-ring.
Use small tacks to secure wax thread on wind chime
You really need three hands while stringing the tubes, so I didn’t take any in progress photos. Remember those tacks I told you to keep? They are very helpful to hold the wax thread in place while you’re stringing and even in the future. It’s one continuous string, and there could be some shifting if you don’t hold the thread in place.
What order do the tubes go?
Try to keep all the tubes about the same distance from the top. Remember when you pull one down, another will go up! I’m not sure of the exact order the tubes should go on a wind chime. I started with the longest tube and worked my way around to the shortest tube. You will see pitting of the tubes. I chose not to paint mine, but you could paint yours like I did on the one I did years ago. Tips for painting wind chime tubes here.
Wooden Pieces of a Refurbished Wind Chime
Here you will see that the only original wooden part I used was the clapper. I replaced the top of the wind chime and the wind catcher. For the wind catcher I used a scrap piece of thin plywood I cut on the table saw in the shape of a triangle.
Look closely at the clapper and you will see I used a screw to hold the center string in place. For the top of the center string, I used a small tack to secure the wax thread and I tied a knot in the bottom at the wind catcher.
I used about 5 yards of the wax thread for this entire project. Three for stringing the tubes, and 2 for the top and center string.
Now it’s time to visit my friends and see their awesome after photos. But, please, will you pin my wind chime before you go? Thanks!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.