Forever Cool Tutorial: Wine Bottle Wind Chimes

 Upcycling: another reason to finish that bottle of wine

Wine bottles can be used to make amaaaazing wind chimes because they are beautiful, strong, and make pretty sounds when the wind blows! You can also use recycled or found objects to complete this project, so it won’t even cost much - just the cost of a bottle of wine! 

This project requires a bit more work than some others, but if you're comfortable with a drill and a ruler, you'll be fine. Let's do it!

You'll need:

  • 2 Wine bottles
  • Glass cutting tools
  • Fishing line
  • Drill and 3/32 bit
  • Carabiner or 5/16 x 2 Steel ring
  • A found object - something you can drill through!

Here's what you do:

1) Starting from the bottom, use your grease pencil to mark the side of both bottles every 1 1/2-inches until you reach the necks. Then place your first bottle into the cutter and, starting at the bottom mark, adjust the blade to the correct height. 

2) Follow the glass cutting instructions I provided. Repeat the cutting process at each 1 1/2-inch mark from the bottom of your bottle to the neck, until you have several 1 1/2-inch glass rings. Then do the same with your second bottle.

3) Cut a piece of fishing line for each glass ring, varying their lengths by an inch ranging from 1 1/2 - 2 feet. For example, if you have 3 glass rings, the first length of fishing line would be 1’6”, the second 1’7”, and the third 1’8” long. 

4) Then, tie a thick knot 8” from the end of each line. Tie a glass ring to OTHER end of each line. Set aside.

5) Take whatever found object you’ve chosen and, if necessary, drill some holes! You want to drill the same number of holes as you have glass rings. If your object is round like a flower pot holder, drill equally spaced holes around the circumference of your object. If you’re going with a tree branch or piece of bamboo, drill equidistant holes in a line across your object’s length.

6) String each fishing line through the anchor holes so that the 8” knots pull taut and the glass rings hang underneath.

7) Gather together the ends of each line and secure to your carabiner or steel ring above the anchor. Then, hang your wind chime outside and step back to admire your hard work!