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Repurposed Lampshade Wind Chime

A DIY repurposed lampshade wind chime is a fun way to add some whimsy to your outdoor space.

I’ve always loved wind chimes and I’ve made quite a few over the years, but this time I wanted to do something completely different from all the wind chimes that I’ve created before.

I was packing up a large donation box for the thrift store recently and I found a small lampshade that I had put in the box a while back.

And I had a light bulb moment.

Supplies for lampshade windchime project inlcude thrifted necklaces and spoons

For this lampshade wind chime project I’m using the one dollar 5″ tall lampshade that I rescued from the thrift store donation box, $1 each misc necklace(s), and some silver plate spoons.

I never pay more than 25 cents each for silver plate spoons. If the cost is more, I don’t buy them. For this wind chime I need 12 spoons, so the cost is $3.

At this point I wasn’t sure what necklace(s) I would be using, so I chose a few candidates.

removing fabric from metal lampshade for reveal the metal frame underneath

The mini lampshade has a lovely shape, but the fabric had to go.

This was very easy to do with just some scissors and a little strength.

After cutting into it in several places, you just pull it off. There was a little glue here and there, but not enough to make it difficult.

metal frame of lamp shade for repurposed wind chime project

Here’s what the lampshade looked like after the fabric was removed.

The gold was probably used for the bulb clip because it would be visible, and the dark grey metal for the frame would be covered.

Personally I love the aged look of the frame more than the gold, and the bulb clip would just be in the way anyway

It was easily removed by bending it back and forth with pliers.

metal lampshade frame and thrifted necklaces for repurposed lampshade wind chime

Once the lampshade frame was ready to go, I made my final decision on the necklaces.

When deciding what to use for hanging you have to take into consideration how many pieces of necklace/chain you need.

Creating the Parts of this Lampshade Wind Chime

pliers, wire, and split rings used for wind chime proejct

To put the lampshade wind chime together all you need are some pliers, some wire, and some half inch split rings.

thrifted necklaces divided into sections for repurposed lampshade wind chime

Then you do some math and figure out how many sections you need for the different parts of the chime.

The two long necklace sections in the middle are the main hangers of the wind chime, and you’ll see what the rest are for further down.

cutting wire pieces to attached necklace sections to lampshade wire frame

Now you need an easy way to attach the necklace sections to the lampshade frame so they won’t slide around.

Cut 12 pieces of wire about four inches long. Whatever wire you use should be pliable enough to wrap around the lampshade frame.

The pieces do not have to be exact or identical in length. Close is good enough.

Assembling the Lampshade Wind Chime

attaching necklace sections to wire lampshade frame with wire

Then it’s just about wrapping the wire around a few times, slipping the necklace section over the wire, and then continuing to wrap the wire around.

tightening wire on lampshade frame with pliers

After you’ve used the pliers to squeeze the wire together, it should look something like this.

attaching both top and bottom necklace sections with wire onto lampshade frame

When attaching the two top main hangers you just slip those necklace sections over the wire with the two sections that are going down, and continue to wrap the wire around the frame.


necklaces sections attached within the lampshade frame sections

Once you have the two hangers and all the decorative sections between the lampshade ribs attached, it should look something like this.

Leave the bottoms free at this point because the necklace sections that the spoon chimes will hang from have to be added at the same time .

attaching top and bottom necklace sections with wire onto lampshade frame

Like this.

hanging necklace sections attached to lampshade frame

Now it’s starting to look like a wind chime.

split rings put on metal lampshade frame to attach hanging necklace sections

To attach the rest of the necklace sections, add split rings to the ribs.

metal repurposed lampshade wind chime with necklace sections for decorations and for hanging

Then you add the remaining necklace sections onto those split rings.

At this point you also add split rings to the ends of all the hanging necklace sections. (You could do that before as well.)

And then you attach the spoons onto the split rings.

Attaching Spoons as Wind Chimes

split rings used to hang spoon chimes from the hanging necklace sections

Like so.

twelve silver plate spoons flattened and drilled with holes to use as chimes

Here are the silver plate spoons I used.

To see how to flatten and drill silver plate spoons, check out my spoon bookmark tutorial here.

You can also use metal measuring spoons, like I did for this chafing dish lid wind chime, and you won’t have to flatten those as they sound quite nice as is.

Supplies Needed for this Lampshade Wind Chime

  • mini metal lampshade (the one I used was 5″ tall)
  • misc necklaces/chains
  • 1/2″ split rings
  • 1 key ring
  • wire
  • pliers
  • ruler
  • silver plate spoons, or metal measuring spoons

How to create a wind chime from a lampshade

To hang the whole wind chime add the two top necklace sections onto a one inch key ring.

I added a chandelier crystal down the middle for some bling, but you could add whatever you like… or nothing at all.

How to create a lampshade wind chime

The silver plate spoons sound lovely when they chime.

I prefer to flatten the spoons because the tinkling sound is lighter but if you want to skip that step, the spoons will still sound very nice.

How to create a repurposed lampshade wind chime

My finished lampshade wind chime is about 23″ long.

TIP: the longer your chimes hang the less of a breeze it will take for the spoons to chime. We have a breezy property, and I don’t want mine to chime constantly, so I made the necklace parts shorter so the spoons only chime when there’s a good wind. If your property isn’t very windy you may want to make your chains longer so your spoons will chime with just a little breeze.

DIY repurposed lampshade wind chime

I do love that you can see through the lampshade to see all the beading, but I would also like to see what it would look like with a solar light.

I tried to find one that would fit into the lampshade, but I had no luck. They were all too big.

I’m going to keep looking for a solar light that will fit, and when I do (thinking positive) I’ll post some new pics.

I hope this project has inspired you to create a lampshade wind chime. This was such a fun project, and the possibilities for different looks are pretty endless depending on what you use for hanging.

Please pin to your favorite board.

DIY repurposed lampshade wind chime with spoons chimes

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!

XOX

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26 Comments

  1. As I read the instructions, I thought how nice a solar light would look in it & was heartbroken when you cut it off! But I didn’t think about how small the chime was & how difficult it would be to find a light small enough! Keep looking ‘cause the beads will look fantastic at night with a light. Thanks for sharing. Love all your ideas. Be well.

    1. Thanks very much Lis! I will definitely keep looking for a small solar light that will fit. I want it to sit on the top of the metal lampshade frame so it does have to be quite small.

  2. Oh, that’s so pretty Tuula! A solar light would be cool too 😉

    Tania

  3. Karen Karsseboom says:

    Love this idea. I love to listen to wind chimes. May try this one myself. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Steph Ensign says:

    Love how creative you are!

  5. Lynnae S. says:

    I love this windchime!! This would be a great way to use the old, but pretty beads I have. I really like the idea of using a lampshade frame!

    1. Thanks Lynnae! You’re so right. It would be a great way to used up odds and ends beads. 🙂

  6. Rebecca Payne says:

    AWESOME! I LOVE ALL OF YOUR WINDCHRIMES.

  7. Tuula, super cute wind chime. Love all your ideas.

  8. Debra Hubbs says:

    I think this one might just be my favorite of all your wind chimes. Sooo pretty! I would love to make one. I hope you are enjoying your spring.

  9. This is charming!!Really like the choice of colors for the beads. Just darling.

  10. Ding! Pinned!! Seems like it’s been a while since I”ve seen you in my in-box! Was a real treat to see you today! This is…..another…..perfect idea!! I’ll put it with my list of things I want to do but will probably never get to…………but I have daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters that might enjoy them! And who knows? I might still get to making one! Where there’s life, there’s hope!

  11. I am really far behind on my emails so I am late responding but I just love this windchime and I love the colours you chose. Fortunately I have all the supplies required to make one too. Thank you so much for another inspiring craft project!