This liquor bottle wind chime transforms a liquor bottle into a beautiful, soothing wind chime that you can display in your home or patio.
Upcycling items to transform them into useful, decorative pieces for the home is perhaps one of the most rewarding things. Just a few weeks ago, I picked up some liquor bottles from a neighbor not too far from my home. She had beautiful green gin bottles that I knew would be perfect to whip up into wind chimes for my patio.
I quickly brought them home and got to work. If you have old liquor bottles, beer bottles or even wine bottles, you can transform them into wind chimes with just a few simple tools over the course of an afternoon.
Liquor Bottle Wind Chime
To get started, you’ll want to pick your ideal liquor bottle, beer or even wine bottle. Cut the base of the bottle off using a bottle cutter (see the tutorial here). Then gather up the following materials:
- 1.5″ round wooden ball (I got mine at Hobby Lobby and just drilled 1/4 inch hole down the middle)
- nylon cord
- nylon or hemp string that will fit the beads
- handful of beads
- cross or charm for the very end of the chime
Get started by using your bottle cutter to cut the very end of the bottle off. If you haven’t used a bottle cutter in the past, you’ll want to read my step by step tutorial to help give you tips and pointers. Using a bottle cutter really isn’t too challenging. If you have plans to make several chimes, you will want to cut several bottles at once.
Once the bottle(s) are cut, grab some wet/dry sandpaper (120 grit) and sand down the cut edge of the bottle.
String and Beads
Tie a long piece of nylon cord to the key ring. String the key ring through the bottom of the bottle through the mouth. You want the key ring to be larger than the mouth of the bottle. Tie your nylon cord on the bottom of the key ring – this cord will hold the wood ball and beads.
- You’ll want to string some beads on the nylon cord before the wood ball (to prevent it from moving up and down).
- Place the wood ball on the string
- After the wood ball, knot the string and follow up with more beads. Knot again after the beads and place your charm on the end.
That’s it – hang your liquor bottle wind chime in an area that will allow it to chime.
You’ll want to try to keep it away from any area that might get too windy/rough. A patio or front porch is a wonderful place to listen to your chime.
Have you ever thought of transforming liquor bottles into a wind chime for your home or patio?