Recycled Garden Art…Children’s Simple Chime and Suncatcher

We have some more ideas for children to create their own recycled garden art for The Linn County Fair’s Recycled Garden Art Contest.

By recycling old compact discs you can throw together this combination wind chime and sun catcher in under an hour.


  • 2 compact discs
  • 4 silver bells
  • String, yarn, or twine
  • Glue
  • Childproof scissors

Recycled CD Sun Catcher

Recycled CD Sun Catcher


  1. Determine your color scheme. If your CDs are bright and shiny, you may want to use matching colored ribbon or yarn. If you’re going for the sun catcher effect, you’ll probably want the labels of your CD facing inward. This means you may want to use lots of golds or silvers.
  2. Cut your string. You can use ribbon, yarn, string, twine, or any number of materials to hold your windchime together. Cut a 16-inch piece of string.
  3. String your bells on to the string so that when you hold the two loose ends of string in your hands, the bells swing freely at the bottom.
  4. Tie a knot. Just above where your bells are hanging, tie a knot. You should now have two equal, loose ends of string in your hand.
  5. Slide one CD through both pieces of string and lay it flat on a table or similar working surface.
  6. String one large bell on one piece of string. Pull it down your string until it is 3-4 inches from the bottom of the string. (Your CD will be just below the bell.)
  7. Spread glue on both CDs. (Remember, if you want a suncatcher, this means you’ll be spreading the glue over the label side of the CDs.)
  8. Pull your already strung CD upward so that it lays tight against the last bell you strung in the center of your windchime.
  9. String the second CD and pull it down against the first. Push the CDs together in whatever arrangement you desire and allow to dry thoroughly.
  10. Once dry, tie on a knot in the ends of your loose string and hang.
Recycled CD Sun Catcher and Wind Chime

Recycled CD Sun Catcher and Wind Chime


ADULTS and older children can make a more elaborate wind chime out of used CDs by cutting the compact discs into pie shapes and drilling a small hole in the top of each piece. String with twine, add bells, and hang!

USE colorful spray paint to add your own design to CDs before stringing. Metallic silvers and golds attract sunlight.

USE colored bells and give as a gift during the holidays!
For more details on the Garden Recycled Garden Art Contest go to that you will find on


1 Comment

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One response to “Recycled Garden Art…Children’s Simple Chime and Suncatcher

  1. kunal

    it is so easy to make

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