Flowerpot Wind Chime

by Amy on September 21, 2009

We celebrated my husband’s birthday last week.  In addition to the veggie plants we bought him for the garden, the girls and I made him this fun flowerpot wind chime.

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I had seen pictures of wind chimes like this – they seemed pretty simple to make, so we gathered a few things and winged it!

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Supplies:

  • clay flowerpots – whatever sizes look good to you, or use what you have on hand
  • acrylic craft paints
  • clear sealer
  • rope, jute, heavy duty string, etc.
  • beads – larger than the holes in the flowerpots

First, we painted our pots with acrylic craft paints.  We decided to paint the rims solid colors, followed by making some leaf prints on the body of the pot.  I used painter’s tape to help the girls paint the rim with a clean edge.

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When the pots were dry, I painted a couple coats of clear sealer on them.  I just used what I had – any type of clear paint-on or spray sealer would work.

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Time for beading!  We used some large wood beads and cotton string from the beading section of the craft store.  We also used a few pony beads that we had on hand.

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My hands were too busy to take pictures of the beading process, but here is a photo of the inside so you can see how we did it.  The top wood bead holds the pot in place and the lower wood bead is the part that hits against the pot to make the chime.  The pony beads are purely decorative!

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Here’s the finished product and two proud girls:

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This was such an inexpensive project (I spent around $5 on flowerpots, string, and wood beads).  I can think of so many other fun ways to paint and personalize these!  Also, this is a very quiet chime – it makes some light tinkling noise in the breeze.  I think it looks lovely hanging in our backyard!

Happy creating!

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