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Making Sumac Wind Chimes with Finns & Flowers

Hi, this is Melody & TJ from Finns & Flowers and we would like to share with you how we made our sumac wind chime. First you need to gather sumac(or other hollow wood, like elderberry). Sumac is very soft, so our pruners were perfect for the job!

Cut your wood to desired length (1″-6″). Then push the pith out with a straightened wire coat hanger. Our five-year-old was very capable of this, but our two-year-old needed a little help. Please use caution with the wire hanger!

Make sure it’s hollow! 🙂

Peel the bark. Very fun!

Poke small holes in the cut pieces of wood(the hanger works nicely for this). Tie your wood pieces onto a branch and…..


A sumac wind chime!!!

Enjoy and have fun!! We did!

17 thoughts on “Making Sumac Wind Chimes with Finns & Flowers

  1. That is so cool! What a great craft project.

  2. this is wonderful, so pretty and so functional. we're going to try it – thank you so very much!

  3. What a great idea!

  4. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial – we have lots of sumac in our area and I know our children will enjoy this.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

  5. I Love this!!! Just the other day we were thinking of making a wind chime out of found objects. This will be fantastic.

  6. Fun! I didn't realize that plant was sumac. We have that growing all over this area. Thanks!

  7. A great natural craft!

  8. Love wind chimes, and this looks like such fun!

    (I'm assuming that this sumac is different from poison sumac which is like poison ivy….)


  9. very cool! looks like the kids loved making it.
    have a great week

  10. i love it!

  11. What fun my kids will have making this. Thanks so much for teaching us. Yay… I have a little boy who is stick mad and he'll think this is the bee's knees.
    Blessings and magic,
    Donni – Fairyfolk

  12. I like that idea. I am super curious what it sounds like.

  13. This is a great idea. We'll be cutting branches from the sumac and the elder and trying this. Thank you for sharing.

  14. I LOVE this tutorial! Thanks so much. I can't wait to try it. How can you tell the difference between safe sumac, and poison sumac, though? love, Beth

  15. nice crafts very original . i love this perfect for my gaden decoration perfect combination with wind spinner.

  16. That's a brilliant idea and great fun for the kids. I'll give it a go when the weather brightens up a bit and hopefully my little one will enjoy it too!

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