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Wind Chime made from a Broken Umbrella

A couple months ago I was telling my recycle artist group about a woman who makes doggie rain coats out of broken umbrella fabric. A woman in the group asked what the metal parts of the umbrella were used for and I didn’t have an answer.

Fast forward a month and I see an mangled umbrella in the street. Naturally, I get out and get it, ready for a challenge.

So I decided to make a wind chime out of its parts.

Here’s what I used: assorted beads, a large paper clip, nylon thread, scissors and needle-nose pliers (shocking, no hot glue!)

To start, straighten out the paper clip and bend in the tip of one end so the beads and umbrella danglers don’t slide off.

Thread on a dangler followed by 5-8 beads and repeat.

Bend the beaded paperclip into a circle and bend the tip of the other end so it can hook into the other bent end.

Now add three nylon strings, attached equally spaced around the circle. Bead the nylon string and knot them together in the center. You can either make a loop at the top with the extra string or add something like a key chain loop to use to hang your wind chimes.


I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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