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DIY Repurposed Wind Chime With Old Keys

Add a fun pop of color to your outdoor decor by making a DIY repurposed wind chime with old keys. It will be music to your ears all summer long.

I’m Keri from One Mama’s Daily Drama. Summer is one of the best times of the year. Things start to slow down – at least a bit – and we spend a lot more time outside. I’ve been working on updating our patio and created this wind chime for simple, fun DIY outdoor decor.

Blue potting container wind chime with keys hanging down - Photo reads - DIY Repurposed Key Wind Chime.

To make this outdoor decoration, I decided to use items I already had out in my garage. The top is an empty plant container. The keys and washers have just been tucked away in a drawer until I could think of something to do with them. Oddly, the cheese knife was found in my backyard. Every time I do a gardening project or we get a good heavy rain, new items turn up. I’ve found Hotwheels cars, plastic toys, coins, marbles… and this cheese knife.

How to Make A Repurposed Wind Chime with old keys

The fun thing about using repurposed materials for a DIY project is that you can use whatever you have available. Test out different items to see how they sound when tapped together.

What you need: 

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Craft/DIY Tools Needed:

Supplies Needed:

Wind chime supplies including cord, spray paint, a hole punch, a pot, and small found items.


1. Prepare The Top of the wind chime.

Start by washing the plant container thoroughly and then using a hole punch make holes around the open end. I used the existing holes in the bottom as a guide and spaced 8 holes evenly around.

Empty container with holes being punched around the rim

Spray paint the outside of the container. I just stuck a stick in the ground and dropped the container over it. I should’ve put something over the grass, but didn’t think it would be so blue! It took 3 coats to fully cover the text.

A blue spray painted container

2. Make The Hanging Pieces.

Cut longer and shorter sections of cotton cord to hang the objects from. I tied 4 longer ones with keys and 4 shorter ones with washers.

Keys and washers tied to cotton cord

For the ones with washers, I also strung a large, wooden bead on top.

Red and orange beads on a cord with washers

3. Attach The Hanging Pieces To The Top of the wind chime.

Tie the end of each cord to the container through the holes. I alternated between keys and washers.

A blue container with cotton cord tied through holes

4. Create A Hanging Knot.

So the wind chime can hang, tie a large knot at the top. Loop two cords through opposite holes and bring them together in the center.

A blue container with string coming out of the top

Tie a knot snug against the container and another one at the ends.

Tying a knot in the cotton cord at the top of the container

5. Attach The Center Hanging Piece.

I hung the cord with the cheese knife in the center. To attach it, loop the end of that cord under the crossed pieces inside the top and tie a knot.

Inside the container, a knot is tied in the center
A blue wind chime with keys hanging from a hook
A close-up view of the wind chime cord and keys

This wind chime is a fun project to welcome summer and would make a simple kids activity later on when they are bored. Challenge them to be creative and see what found items they can use.

A blue wind chime hanging in a green tree
Close up of a blue wind chime hanging in a green tree

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