DIY Spindle Wind Chimes

Hi my beautiful friends! Today I’m sharing what I did with a bunch of spindles I found at an estate sale for $2.

If you’ve visited the last couple of posts, you know that my hubby booked a last-minute Disney Cruise to celebrate the sale of our old house, which had been on the market since last August. (Definitely worthy of a celebration!) Well needless to say, we had a blast!

These are just a few pics I had on my phone. We also visited the Kennedy Space Center the day before we left on our cruise. We ate, saw Disney’s Believe and Beauty and the Beast musicals, ate, played bingo, swam, watched fireworks at sea, ate, road water slides and swam with dolphins at Atlantis, ate, got stuck in a rainstorm, played on Castaway Cay, and ate some more.

This last-minute trip left me no time to create something new to share, so I dug around my oldies and found this fun colorful project that I know ya’ll won’t mind seeing again!

When I purchased these spindles, the lady asked me what I was going to do with them, and I honestly had no idea at the time.

Here they are before:

I actually thought they could eventually make perfect handles for tool caddies or something. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love too.

Then my very talented friend, Wendi from H2O Bungalow invited me to participate in a tool challenge.

The challenge was to create something using only one power tool. The tool she chose was a drill. That’s the only tool I needed to turn these spindles into super cute wind chimes, and I’m going to show you how in case you have a few spindles in need of a purpose. 🙂

First here is how my wind chimes turned out:

DIY Wind Chimes from Old Spindles from

Not bad, eh? I love these fun colors! (Especially after a trip to the Bahamas!)

Making these was really simple. Here are the supplies I used to pull this together:

These wind chimes were created using old spindles

  • Spray Paint
  • Spindles (Spindles from an old chair or crib could work too!)
  • Topper (I had this bird with a broken beak, but you could use anything or nothing at all)
  • Fine fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Drill and tiny drill bit (My favorite drill..nice and petite for my small hands!)
  • E6000 glue
  • Something to use as a top piece in which to attach the spindles. I used a large base to a thrift store candle stick
  • Metal key ring (not pictured)

I scored on these spindles, but you could also use spindles from an old chair or crib.

  • First I spray painted my spindles and my candle stick base with spray paint. I used white, aqua, and green that I already had left over from another project.


  • When they were dry, I drilled tiny holes at the top of each spindle. Be sure to place a piece of scrap wood under the spindle to catch the drill on the other side:

DIY Wind Chimes

  • Then I measured, marked, and drilled holes in the candle stick base:

DIY Wind Chimes

This will be the piece that the spindles hang from.

  • Then I sanded them all to shabby them up a bit…totally optional:

DIY Wind Chimes

  • Next I started threading my spindles with the fishing line. I cut eight pieces of fishing line, one for each piece. I cut four 12″ lengths and four 24″ lengths. The 12″ pieces I pulled through the four colored spindles like so:

DIY Wind Chimes

  • Then I threaded them through the top piece…

DIY Wind Chimes

…and  knotted them several times so they would dangle and not fall through the small hole.

Can you see the knot?

These wind chimes were created using old spindles

The 24″ fishing line I cut for the white spindles would be the line that connects to the ring at the very top for hanging.

I threaded the line through the hole then knotted it several times before pulling it through the holes in the top piece.

and knotted them several times so they would dangle and not fall through the small hole.

  • Then I threaded them through the top piece, trying to keep them all hanging at the same level, and attached them to the ring at the very top:

and knotted them several times so they would dangle and not fall through the small hole.

It took a bit to get the spindles to all hang evenly. I wish I had a secret for that but I’ve got no help for ya there.

I added this ceramic bird that had a broken beak (I just couldn’t throw him away) to the top using E6000 glue. This little bird originally came from Kirklands and once had feet as well.

These wind chimes were created using old spindles

I love the fun pop of color these chimes added to my garden! See more of my garden landscape from our old house HERE.

These wind chimes were created using old spindles

Spindles just look so good painted…

These wind chimes were created using old spindles

I love the sound of them clanking together too.

These wind chimes were created using old spindles


These wind chimes were created using old spindles



DIY Wind Chimes from Old Spindles from

I love this fun new use for these old spindles!

If you liked this makeover, you might like what I did with this old drawer I found on the side of the road as well:

See what I did with it HERE

I’ll be back on Thursday with this bed I scored already painted for $15 at the thrift store:

UPDATE: No need to wait…see how I transformed this awesome find HERE now! 

Now I’ve got some unpacking to do! 🙂



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  1. ColleenB.~ Tx. says

    Love your spindle wind chimes Cool and clever idea.

  2. Mary Kaiser says

    I am so glad that you were are to sell your house and get away on a vacation. Looks like you had a ton of fun! Welcome Back!

    • Thank you, Mary! It was such a huge relief! A good time was had by all for sure! XOXO

  3. Christina in SW FL says

    WOW!!! What a jolt of overflowing love and joy I feel emanating from your photos! How completely wonderful. I am SO glad you all had such a great time.
    Sweet wind chime as well.

    • We had such a great time, Christina, thank you!! Sometime it is just nice to leave all your cares behind! XOXO

  4. Christy,
    I know how stressful it is when you need a house to sell – so glad your family had a wonderful, stress-free time away! Loved seeing your smiling faces! 🙂

    • Thank you, Patty! Yes, selling our house was such a huge relief…we felt we needed to celebrate it lol! XOXO

  5. Marcie Lovett says

    Nope, never would have guessed a wind chime. What a great idea, Christy. Somehow I missed that project on the first go-round, glad to see it now.

    Everyone looks like they were having a great time on the trip. It’s so nice to get away together (especially while the boys are still willing to be seen with you ????). Welcome home and happy laundry!

    • Thanks, Marcie! And yes we had a blast…and I’m on my third load of laundry this morning lol! (Totally worth it though!) XOXO

  6. I’ve never seen this project before! I’m so glad you posted it again! 😉 Just adorable and so creative!
    So glad you all had a blast on your trip! Sounds like you were so busy, you didn’t have time to eat! 😉 (I crack myself up!)

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Julie! It’s a couple of years old…it’s a shame I have so many projects that some have never seen! And yes…we had a blast, and did I mention the food??? Ha ha! XOXO

  7. Robyn Wright says

    I think this is the post that brought me to your blog in the first place! I still love and am still on the look out for spindles. So glad you had fun on your trip. I am so jealous!

    • Oh ha ha…well glad I posted it again. Thanks, Robyn! We had such s good time! XOXO

  8. Barbara Holmes says

    I love when I receive your e-mail, I know it’s going to be good. This one is amazing. I would never have thought to make this. You are so creative.

  9. Another fantastic DIY for $2.00 finds… (may I share (again) on my blog’s $2.00 Tuesday

    • Thanks, Jamala! Of course…you are always welcome to use one photo with a link back to the original post! 🙂

  10. What a great idea! I like the idea of using things that are misfits to make something useful!

  11. Love the chimes and the pictures! Jack is bigger than you are! Glad your family had that fun trip.

  12. LOVE this idea!!!! Now will have to see if Restore has spindles!!

    • I was so excited to find that little stack of spindles…good luck in your search! 🙂


  1. […] Also, back again with another $2.00 find is Christy at Confessions of a Serial DIYer.  She found a bunch of spindles and decided to create her very own wind chime.  This was a very creative way to recycle and upscale.  To learn how she crafted this whimsical garden art, visit her blog for a step-by-step guide. […]