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Recycled Plastic Lid Windchime

Make a wind chime from recycled plastic lids! Full step by step tutorial with printable instructions from Crafts by Amanda!

I have been saving plastic lids for a while now. It’s amazing how fast they accumulate when you start collecting them. I’ve saved a few here and there and made a few plastic lid crafts, but this was different. These are things that we would normally throw away or toss into the recycle bin (although I’ve heard that many of these lids can’t be recycled). Once I started saving them, I was shocked at just how quickly they added up!

Make a wind chime from recycled plastic lids! Full step by step tutorial with printable instructions from Crafts by Amanda!

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As always, a full printable supply list and instructions are at the end of this post.
For this project you will need the following supplies. I’ve included the different types of plastic lids I used:

Measuring cups from liquid cough & cold medicines
Milk jug lids
Syrup bottle lids
Water bottle lids
Soda bottle lids
Top from a can of whipped cream
The top of the wind chime is from a Coffee Mate powdered creamer container

I also used:

Pony Beads
Jingle bells
String
Needle
Flat nose pliers, a thimble, hammer and a nail

Make a wind chime from recycled plastic lids! Full step by step tutorial with printable instructions from Crafts by Amanda!

Ready to get started?

Use the hammer and nail to make four holes (like a plus sign) in the large lid. Set the lid aside.

Use the hammer and nail to make four holes (like a plus sign) in the large lid. Set the lid aside.

Thread needle with a piece of string. The amount of string you use is up to you, it just depends on how long you want your chimes to be!

Thread needle with a piece of string. The amount of string you use is up to you, it just depends on how long you want your chimes to be!

Thread the needle through one bead. Tie a few knots around that bead at the end of the string.

Thread the needle through one bead. Tie a few knots around that bead at the end of the string.

Poke the needle through center of the inside of a deep plastic lid, like a cough medicine cup.

Poke the needle through center of the inside of a deep plastic lid, like a cough medicine cup.

Pull the needle through, pushing the plastic lid all the way to the end, touching the bead.If you have trouble pulling the needle through, use flat nose pliers. Don't grab the needle at the eye, it's weaker there and the pliers will break it.

Pull the needle through, pushing the plastic lid all the way to the end, touching the bead. If you have trouble pulling the needle through, use flat nose pliers. Don’t grab the needle at the eye, it’s weaker there and the pliers will break it.

As you can see, it hangs like a bell :)

As you can see, it hangs like a bell :)

Add several beads to the string and push them to the end.

Add several beads to the string and push them to the end.

Add another plastic lid, pushing it to the end. Continue with the above steps until you have reached the length you like.

Add another plastic lid, pushing it to the end.

Continue with the above steps until you have reached the length you like.

Poke the needle through one of the holes you made in the large lid in step 1.

Poke the needle through one of the holes you made in the large lid in step 1.

Tie a knot a few times and trim off the excess string.Repeat these steps three more times for the remaining chime strings. To make the hanger, use a hammer and nail to poke two more holes in the large lid, across from each other.

Tie a knot a few times and trim off the excess string. Repeat these steps three more times for the remaining chime strings.

To make the hanger, use a hammer and nail to poke two more holes in the large lid, across from each other.

Thread a needle with string and tie a bead to the end. Poke it through one of the new holes in the large lid and pull it through the top. The bead will stop it from coming out the other side.

Thread a needle with string and tie a bead to the end. Poke it through one of the new holes in the large lid and pull it through the top. The bead will stop it from coming out the other side.

Poke the needle back down through the second hole and pull it snug. Pull the string out as long as you want the hanger to be.

Poke the needle back down through the second hole and pull it snug. Pull the string out as long as you want the hanger to be.

To keep the hanger at that length, turn the lid over and tie a bead to that string to keep it in place. Trim any excess string.

To keep the hanger at that length, turn the lid over and tie a bead to that string to keep it in place. Trim any excess string.

Make a wind chime from recycled plastic lids! Full step by step tutorial with printable instructions from Crafts by Amanda!

Totally fun! Hope you liked it. Mine is hanging outside, and the lids will fade from exposure to the sun. It’s still a really fun way to recycle!

More fun recycled lid crafts:

Jar Lid Glitter Bugs
Jar Lid Glitter Bugs
Plastic Lid Monsters
Plastic Lid Monsters
Plastic Lid Ladybugs
Plastic Lid Ladybugs

 

Recycled Plastic Lid Windchime

Rating: 51

Craft Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours

Recycled Plastic Lid Windchime

What you need:

  • 1 large, sturdy lid
  • Lots of plastic lids (water bottles, milk jugs, soda bottles, etc)
  • A few cup type lids (from medicine bottles, lids from hair mousse, whipped cream, etc)
  • Colorful pony beads
  • Jingle bells
  • String
  • Tools: thimble, flat nose pliers, hammer, nail, needle

What you do:

  1. Use the hammer and nail to make four holes (like a plus sign) in the large lid. Set the lid aside.
  2. Thread needle with a piece of string. The amount of string you use is up to you, it just depends on how long you want your chimes to be!
  3. Thread the needle through one bead. Tie a few knots around that bead at the end of the string.
  4. Poke the needle through center of the inside of a plastic lid.* Pull the needle through, pushing the plastic lid all the way to the end, touching the bead.
  5. Add several beads to the string and push them to the end.
  6. Add another plastic lid, pushing it to the end.
  7. Continue with steps 5 and 6 until you have reached the length you like.
  8. Poke the needle through one of the holes you made in the large lid in step 1.
  9. Tie a knot a few times and trim off the excess string.
  10. Repeat steps 2-9 three more times.
  11. To make the hanger, use a hammer and nail to poke two more holes in the large lid, across from each other.
  12. Thread a needle with string and tie a bead to the end. Poke it through one of the new holes in the large lid and pull it through the top. The bead will stop it from coming out the other side.
  13. Poke the needle back down through the second hole and pull it snug. Pull the string out as long as you want the hanger to be.
  14. To keep the hanger at that length, turn the lid over and tie a bead to that string to keep it in place. Trim any excess string.

Notes from Amanda

If you have trouble pulling the needle through the lid, especially the “eye” part of the needle because it is thicker, use a pair of flat nose pliers to help pull it through. A thimble can be helpful in pushing a stubborn needle through as well!

You may be able to thread the string through everything without the needle all together, depending on the size of the hole you make in the lids.

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11 Responses to Recycled Plastic Lid Windchime

  1. 1
    Rosali says:

    Super bonitos! Great!

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    Joyce Fowler says:

    Thank you so much for this idea to use lids that have been saved! Knew there was something that could be done with them.

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    Rita says:

    Muy Bonito..me gusta por que en mi escuela ..soy docente..trabajamos en un proyecto de recilage..

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    Sally says:

    I collect windchimes and this is absolutely amazing. What a wonderful way to teach about recycling and beauty. I love it!!!!

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    rosiel says:

    Nice recycle

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