21 Outdoor Ornaments & DIY Wind Chimes

Let’s make DIY wind chimes and some outdoor ornaments to blow in the spring wind with kids today!

When it comes to crafting with kids, I’m a pushover for an easy backyard ornament that we can hang from a tree branch or in a corner of the deck or patio.  

Homemade wind chimes, sun catchers, outdoor wind spinners and whirligigs look so pretty reflecting light and blowing in the breeze.

21 Outdoor Ornaments & Wind Chimes to Make with your kids - shown are keys hanging on string, suncatchers, wind chimes out of beads, wind chimes out of shells and flowers hanging in sun
Let’s make something cool to hang on the front porch!

Today, I’m sharing 21 of my favorite DIY Wind Chimes & Outdoor Ornaments to make with kids!

All of these decorations are easy to make, and each one is crafted from every-day items you can find around your home.  That means it won’t cost you a thing to add some color and charm to a cozy corner of your backyard!

3 colorful outdoor craft projects: homemade can wind chimes, bead suncatcher and colorful hanging sticks
Let’s make a colorful wind chime!

Homemade Tin Can Wind Chimes

Have the kids make a set of these colourful, musical wind chimes to hang from their playhouse or play structure! Homemade wind chimes have their own special sound when blowing in the breeze!

Easy Bead Sun Catcher

This glass bead sun-catcher looks too pretty to be homemade, but it is!  You’ll love how simple, inexpensive and quick it is to make!

DIY Rainbow Wind Chimes

These vibrant  rainbow wind chimes, hung from a branch in the backyard, will brighten up any outdoor play space!

3 outdoor projects made with nature: stick and twine stars, shell wind chimes, colorful flower wind chimes
I love the hanging flower DIY suncatcher wind chimes!

Hanging Stick Stars

Use your favourite colours of raffia to make these simple Summer Stars.  They look so pretty strung together decorating a covered patio or porch.

Homemade Sea Shell Wind Chimes

These gorgeous  Sea Shell Wind Chimes  can serve as a lovely momento of a summer beach holiday.

DIY Flower Suncatcher Wind Chimes

Jar lids! The light looks beautiful shining through this natural sun-catcher/wind chime.  What a pretty way to preserve the beauty of your garden.

3 outdoor crafts to do with kids - hanging ice heart, water bottle whirly gigs, hanging flatware wind chimes
What a fun way to recycle old water bottles!

Winter Day Melting Suncatcher

One for winter!  Any icy sun catcher can brighten up a little spot in the yard during those cold, bleak winter months.

DIY Recycled Water Bottle Suncatcher

The weight of the glass baubles cause these water bottle whirligigs to bounce and dance when a breeze finds them.  They are outdoor wind spinners that kids can make them bounce too.  Kids love learning to make a whirligig out of something you likely have a bunch of at home.

Dinner Time Wind Chime You Can Make

An old set of forks and spoons sound wonderful tinkling in the wind.  You won’t believe how easy this upcycled cutlery wind chime is  to make!

3 outdoor art and craft projects for kids: patriotic can, wind spinners
Let me try a wind spinner!

Homemade Tin Can Wind Sock

A tin can becomes a festive and patriotic wind sock!  Change up the colours, and display it all year ’round as the perfect wind catcher!

Make a Garden Mobile

Here’s another great recycled ornament to brighten your outdoor space: an easy garden mobile dripping in a rainbow of colours!

Outdoor Wind Spinners You Can Craft

These whimsical wind spinners were one of my favourite internet finds this year.  They’re a cinch to make with a few repurposed household items and then before you know it…a crazy cool outdoor wind spinner!

2 outdoor crafts for kids to make colorful windsock and rainbow water bottle spinner
Ooooo…those colors are going to be gorgeous in the wind!

Recycled Can Windsock Wind Catcher

Turn a Pringles can into a windsock in a snap.  You’ll love simple way we attached the ribbons, and kids will love the creative, decorating process of this homemade wind chime.

DIY Water Bottle Outdoor Wind Spinner

I am so making this water bottle wind spinner!  The process looks so fun and easy.  I’ll bet it’s just a blur of colour when a breeze gets it going!

4 outdoor craft projects for kids: how to make a bead wind chime, easy hanging garden, preschool beaded wind chime and key wind chime to make at home
I love all the ideas for DIY wind chime crafts you can make at home!

Make a Recycling Bin Wind Chime

This recycled wind chime puts plastic lids of all shapes and sizes to good use.  I love how bright and colourful this homemade wind chime is!

Easy Hanging Garden DIY

And how about this a growing, living ornament!  A Kokedama is a hanging garden made up of moss and small plants!

Preschool Tid Bits Wind Chime

Put together a bunch of household odds and ends and you’ll wind up with this whimsical wind chime to brighten up your backyard space.

DIY Colorful Key Wind Chime

Who doesn’t have a bunch of old, useless keys hanging around.  This colourful key chime is a fabulous way to give them a new life!

3 outdoor ornaments to make with kids - recycled CD wind chime, melted bead suncatcher wind chime and nuts wind chime
Aren’t they so pretty? I wish I could hear the wind chimes!

Upcycled CD Wind Chime Craft

Java and music lovers will appreciate this coffee can and cd wind chime!   And you’ll appreciate that you won’t require any tools to put it together!

Melted Bead Suncatcher Mobile

Have you melted pony beads yet?  We have not, but when I saw this melted bead sun catcher I immediately put it on my must-do list!  Another version of a melted bead suncatcher is here at Kids Activities Blog made outside on the grill.

Make a Painted Washer Wind Chime

Who knew a simple washer look so cheery?  I just love this  garden washer wind chime made from steel washers!  I’ll bet this homemade wind chime sounds pretty too!

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Which outside ornament, suncatcher or Wind Chime are you going to make first?


  1. Those are awesome things to do with your kids! Somehow I always searched for other fun activities and I came to bouncers. I bought a bounce house and now my kids are happy! Additionally I made some of these ornaments and they love it!

  2. Thanks for sharing this! The pictures look really great, and I will bookmark this post. -Nicky

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