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Pendant Shade Wind Chime

Combine unexpected materials for an updated version of a musical porch classic.

Wind chime

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Corrugated cardboard scrap
  • Screwdriver
  • Household wire
  • Nail


  • Arctic Flurry pendant shade, #351047
  • 4-in eye bolt, #22216
  • 15-ft weldless steel chain, #348441
  • 5/32-in x 9/16-in fender washer
  • 3/8-in washer
  • 3/8 hex nut
  • 2-in O-ring, #348558
  • 3 - 1-1/2-in O-ring, #348530
  • 3 - 1-in O-ring, #348529
  • Screw hook (optional)

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Step 1

Trace the shade

Trace both the outside and the inner circle of the lampshade onto the cardboard. Create a second tracing. Cut both discs a bit smaller than the lines to fit inside the shade.

Step 2

Poke through cardboard

Tape the discs back-to-back so the center circles are visible. Poke a hole through the center of the cardboard using a screwdriver and enlarge the hole with the eyebolt.

Step 3

Perimeter holes

Mark six points around the perimeter of the cardboard about halfway between the center circle and the outer edge. Mark another point near the center hole, about 1/4-inch off-center. Create holes with a nail just large enough to thread a wire through.

Step 4

Cutting chain

Cut a chain 7 inches long and six more pieces between 5 and 6-1/2 inches long.

Step 5

Attach O-ring

Use needle-nose pliers to open a link at one end of each chain to hook on an O-ring. Crimp the 2-inch O-ring on the open end of the 7-inch chain. Crimp the smaller O-rings on the remaining six chains.

Step 6

Secure wire to chains

Loop wire through the other ends of the chain pieces and twist tight. Cut each wire so that only a single long tail remains.

Step 7

Hang chains

Thread the wires through the holes around the perimeter of the disc and twist the wire tails together in pairs. Thread and secure the 7-inch chain into the hole near the center of the disc. Twist this tail with one of the pairs. Cut and press the wire tails flush against the disc surface.

Step 8

Secure Cardboard

Thread one nut completely onto the eyebolt. Slip the cardboard with the chains hanging into the shade. Slip the eyebolt through the large washer, into the top of the shade and through the disc.

Step 9

Add washer

Secure the cardboard disc by placing the small washer on the bottom of the bolt and twisting on the nut

Step 10

Use the excess chain to hang the wind chime or suspend it directly from a bracket. To hang it from a chain, first install a screw hook at the desired location. Join one end of the hanging chain to the top screw eye on the chimes and the other end to another O-ring. Place the O-ring in the screw hook to hang the chimes.

Good to Know

Good to Know: Because the pendant light shade is made of glass, it’s a good idea to take it down as a precaution if high winds are expected.