About a month ago I got some beautiful bamboo for my garden. Half of it took, and the other half died leaving me with 4 stocks of leafless bamboo. “I have got to do something with this,” I thought. Finally today it dawned on me – a wind chime! I cut the dead bamboo stocks down and made this lovely wind chime with things I had around the house. The best part – NO POWER TOOLS REQUIRED!
Here’s how we did it!
- 9-16 bamboo stocks snapped (or cut) into pieces measuring between 6-12 inches
- Worsted weight yarn (Pictured: Vanna’s Choice Wheat)
- Wood Beads
- Cross stitch hoop ( If you do not have one of these you could also take 3 pieces of bamboo and glue or tie them together into a triangular shape)
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Finishing Needle
Wrap the yarn all around your cross stitch hoop.
Cut 9 strands of additional yarn that each measure 26 inches. Separate this yarn into 3 piles of 3 strands. At three points in the circle loop 3 strands around the circle and double knot. Braid the remaining yarn and tie all three braided sections together at the top.
Cut or snap your bamboo into succeeding lengths measuring 6 – 12 inches. Use your hot glue gun to attach a wood bead to the top of each stick. Leave the beads holes exposed on the left and right.
Use the finishing needle to thread yarn through the holes of the wood beads and then tie them to your circle. I triple knotted them for optimal security.
Start with the longest stick and work your way around the the circle placing the sticks from longest to shortest. Snip any additional yarn near the knot and hide the knot inside the bead.
Once all your bamboo sticks are attached hang your wind chime outside and enjoy!