Easy Repurposed Antique Chair Spindle Wind Chimes

Today is our Int'l Bloggers Club Challenge and the theme this month is Spin Me A Spindle. I just happen to have a bucket of those because a few years ago my son brought me a dilapidated antique wooden chair knowing I'd find a use for it.



It's been the chair that keeps on giving because I've made multiple projects from the parts. Today I'm using some of the small spindles and one arm of the chair to make these easy repurposed antique chair spindle wind chimes.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

Easy Rustic Wooden Chair Spindle Wind Chimes

The best part about these rustic spindle wind chimes for our backyard is that they cost absolutely nothing to make!



I've been slowly working my way through the box of antique chair parts, determined to salvage every single piece into something useful. Like the pressback top rail that was turned into a unique bird feeder.



Last month for our Walls And All theme I turned the chair seat into a playful time for a walk dog leash holder. You can see all the chair part projects so far on my repurposed antique chair page.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

If you haven't heard of our Int'l Bloggers Club, we are a group of blogging friends from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the USA, and Canada who come together on the third Monday of every month to share a themed DIY project.



I've included links to our uber-creative member's Spin Me A Spindle ideas further down in the post and as always, they hit it out of the park!



What You'll Need To Make It

Pictured below are the chair parts used to make the spindle wind chimes.



A great resource for finding spindles is places like Habitat reStores or your local architectural salvage yard. Garage sales are another great resource for cheap wooden chairs that have seen their better days.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

You'll also need small jewelry beads for the chimes and medium-sized beads for the hanger. I used an assortment of colorful beads salvaged from old costume jewelry and wooden beads from the dollar store that I had on hand.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

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Supply List

Wooden Spindles (salvaged)
Wooden Chair Arm (salvaged)
18 Small Eye Hooks
1-inch Keyring or Large Jump Ring
Clear Non-Stretch Thread
White 1.5mm 100% Nylon Cording
Small Colorful Beads (recycled costume jewelry)
Small and Medium Wooden Beads (dollar store)
Goldenrod Wise Owl Paint (on hand)
Lily Pad Green, Autumn Red, Mykonos Blue FAT Paint Company (on hand)
Behr Brown Wax (optional)
Wood Glue
Wooden Dowels





How To Make Chair Spindle Wind Chimes

Let's get into the nitty-gritty of how quick and easy the wind chimes are to make. You'll have them hanging outdoors within a few hours. Let's get started.



Cut Wooden Chair Spindles

The chair spindles were too long for chimes so they were cut in half with a miter saw for a total of eight spindle chimes. Then they were lightly sanded with 150 grit sandpaper, just enough to remove any peeling stain.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

Paint Wooden Spindles

Before painting the spindles, attach small eye hooks to the top of each spindle both to hang the spindles while the paint dries and for hanging the spindles on the wind chimes.



It's easier to screw the eye hooks into the spindles if you make a pilot hole first in the top center with either a nail, an Awl, or a tiny 1/16-inch drill bit.



Considering we are entering the autumn season, I chose to paint the spindles in Fall inspired colors with chalk-style paint that I had on hand. The colors are Goldenrod yellow, Lily Pad green, Autumn red, and Mykonos blue (pictured below after one coat).



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

This step is completely optional but to add rustic charm to the wind chimes, age the painted spindles with brown wax applied with a lint-free rag. You can see the difference between the waxed and unwaxed spindles in each color below.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

Wooden Chair Arm

For the spindle hanger, one of the arms of the antique chair was salvaged. The end of the chair arm that was attached to the chair is left as is. All I did was fill the holes on the underside with wooden dowels in various sizes and wood glue.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

Once the glue cured, the dowels were cut flush with a coping saw and any voids were filled with wood filler. Once the filler was dry the arm was sanded smooth with a mouse sander.



Next, any sawdust was removed with a damp cloth, and the chair arm was stained with one coat of Dark Walnut gel stain with a lint-free rag.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

The chair arm is flipped so one side is pointing upwards and the scroll end facing downward. Because the arm is stained rather than painted, the dowel plugs are visible so that side is facing towards the back.



Eight pilot holes are predrilled with a 1/16-inch drill bit (a nail or Awl would work too) and spaced 1 1/2-inches apart along the bottom edge of the arm.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

Next, small eye hooks are screwed into each predrilled hole. All I had left in my stash were small gold eyehooks that don't match the silver ones used on the spindles.



Oh well, I'm not going to sweat it because like I mentioned earlier, these handmade wind chimes are all about using what I have on hand so they cost absolutely nothing to make.



Assembling Wind Chimes

I tied an 18-inch strand of clear non-stretch jewelry thread with a triple knot through the eye hook on each spindle.



Then I threaded a mixture of nine small colored acrylic beads and round wooden beads on the clear thread. String the cut end of the clear thread through the beads to conceal it.



Tie the opposite end of the clear thread with a triple knot to the eye hooks on the chair arm. Again slipping the cut end of the thread through the beads to conceal. Be sure to hang the spindles at varying heights.



Wind Chime Hanger

To hang the wind chimes, attach two small eye hooks on the top of the chair arm. Cut a 20-inch strand of white 1.5mm 100% nylon cording and fold it in half. Attach a keyring or 1-inch jump ring to the center of the cording with a slip knot like pictured below.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

Thread an assortment of medium-sized beads on either side of the keyring. Tie each end of the cording onto the eye hooks with a double knot and thread the cut ends back through the beads to conceal them.



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

Ensure the keyring is centered on the chair arm so the wind chimes hang straight. Now head outside and hang the wind chimes from a tree branch and enjoy!



How to repurpose salvaged spindles and an arm from an old wooden chair into rustic outdoor chair spindle wind chimes that cost very little to make.

Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by these antique chair spindle wind chimes.



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Now let's see my talented friends' ideas for the spin me a spindle challenge by clicking the links below.


Spin Me A Spindle Challenge by the talented members of the Int'l Bloggers Club

DIY CD Spindle Water Feature | A Crafty Mix
DIY Coral Reef Pattern | Birdz Of A Feather
Cement Grim Reaper | Unique Creations By Anita
DIY Spindle Outdoor Bird Perch | What Meegan Makes
Easy Antique Chair Spindle Wind Chimes | Interior Frugalista (that's me)



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  1. Such a charming project Marie! I adore the Fall colours you chose and the wax really cements the Fall vibe! I've never tried chalk paint before but hope to be trying it out on a project this week. Wish me luck!

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    1. Oh Sara, you're going to love working with chalk paint! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop me a DM. Thank you, I'm happy you like the wind chimes. They sound quite lovely and they really got a run for their money last week with the crazy wind we had.

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  2. Brilliant idea, Marie!! I would love to have one of these hanging in our garden and I'm coming back to hear the sound they make. I bet it sounds sooooo cool.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! The sound of spindle wind chimes and the trickling water from your amazing water fountain would make for such a wonderful relaxing backyard oasis.

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  3. This is so cute, creative and colorful Marie 💜 I hope you’re having a great week!

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    1. Thank you very much, Michelle, I'm glad you like them! I hope you're having a great week too. I planned on sending you a DM later today or tomorrow. xo

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  4. I just love these colorful spindle wind chimes, Maria! I love how you are using every bit of the chairs to recreate something lovely for your home. This would be so lovely to listen to on my apartment cottage back porch. Thanks for always inspiring me.

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    1. Thank you so much, Meegan, I'm glad you like the wind chimes and how I've been repurposing every single piece from that old chair. You and I were on a similar wave-length for this challenge. LOL Thank YOU for always inspiring me too my friend. ~Marie

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  5. Your windchime is just awesome. I love all the bright colours and the beads were a perfect touch to make it unique. I am just annoyed that I did not think of it because I have loads of those spindles. Brilliant project.

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    1. Thanks Anita, I'm glad you like the wind chimes! I'm so glad to have found yet another purpose for recycling some of the old chair parts. I still have many more to put my thinking cap on for.

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  6. What a unique way to use those chair parts! I love how colorful you made the spindles. Wonderfully creative, Marie!

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    1. Thank you very much, Beverly, I had fall in mind when choosing the colors for these wind chimes.

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  7. What an amazing idea! I will have to look through my barn and see what I can find! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you very much, Tracy! I hope you find just what you need in your barn to make the wind chimes. If do end up making them, I'd love to see a photo. And of course if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me, I'd be happy to help.

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  8. Your spindle challenge turned out so sweet. I am always amazed at how you can look at something like a broken chair back, spindles and make a gorgeous piece out of it. Great idea. xoxo Kris

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    1. Thank you very much, Kris! I ditto the sentiment right backatcha with how my favorite DIY Dynamic Duo transform vintage finds into gorgeous cottage decor. Have a lovely Sunday. xo

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  9. You had me at chair spindle!! I am crazy over spindles of any kind and I am excited to do this project! Probably not until next spring and I will link back to you when I do it!. Pinned and thanks so much for sharing such a fun project!!

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    1. Music to my ears, Cindy! So glad the wind chimes inspired you to make some for your yard too.

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  10. I love the colors and the fact that you salvaged items! And the sound is so calming :-)

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    1. Thanks Christina, I'm so pleased with how they turned out. I still have leftover chair parts so more spindle projects to come.

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  11. I love these so much Marie - especially that it costed you nothing to make! The colors you chose for it are giving me all the fall vibes! Thanks for sharing these with us at Farmhouse Friday - we're featuring you at Friday's party!

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    1. I'm glad you like the wind chimes, Michelle, and thrilled to hear you'll be featuring them this week. Thank you so much! They've been getting a run for their money (wait a minute, they didn't cost me anything) because it's been so darn windy here lately.

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  12. How cute (& fun) is this?! Love it, Marie. Sharing!

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    1. So glad you like my trash to treasure wind chimes, Larissa! Big hugs sent your way for sharing. xo

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  13. You are so clever and creative. I'd never see a wind chime in a chair spindle, but your is wonderful.

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    1. Hi Carol, I'm glad you like the wind chimes. It feels good to have found a useful purpose for the chair spindles. I love how they sound in our back yard too. Thanks for popping over for a visit. 😀

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  14. This is such a cute idea! I have a friend that loves to make wind chimes, I'll have to share this with her.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thank you Carrie! I hope your friend likes this idea for handmade wind chimes. I love how they sound in our backyard.

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  15. I absolutely love your chimes Marie! Great repurpose of chair spare parts, and I love the fallish colors that you chose.

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    1. Thank you very much, Tuula, that means a lot considering I think of you as the queen of DIY wind chimes! xo

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