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!

{ 13 comments }

Amanda September 21, 2009 at 4:02 am

What a great idea – it’s lovely!

Aimee September 21, 2009 at 8:09 am

aww, that turned out so cute! might have to try that for the grandparents.

Gabreial September 21, 2009 at 5:11 pm

This is a great project! I love your site.

Elise September 21, 2009 at 6:54 pm

What a beautiful present to make. Such a fantastic, inexpensive idea that looks so impressive.

Parent Juice September 23, 2009 at 11:22 am

Awesome! I am going to dig some jars out of the recycling right now so we can do this. I think we’ll do candles, a Halloween type theme.

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thecrayonbox.wordpress.com September 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm

We have actually made mod podge flowerpot chimes!! To get a slightly better sound, we added little bells along with the beads. We also tied some of the pots really close together so they touched.
I love the leaf prints, what a great idea!

Janell October 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm

This was a perfect idea for my DH’s birthday. You can see our version here:
http://sparepages.blogspot.com/2009/10/daddys-birthday-chimes.html
Thanks as always for the wonderful ideas!

Laurel November 3, 2009 at 8:56 am

What a cute wind chime! We’re going to have to try this one out. :)

bylittlehands November 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I have been looking for an easy windchime to make with my two little ones and this is just perfect. I can’t wait to try it!

Rana February 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

This is a great project. It’s something we can do now in the middle of winter to get ready for spring. Thanks for sharing.

Jean June 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

What a great project for the whole family. I really like to receive handmade gifts from my grandkids. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

Amanda August 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

So cute!

Id love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience. FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials. Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!
http://funfamilycrafts.com

alice k May 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

great idea. I plan on making some of these for gifts. my granddaughter is 2 and i have started her on making presents already

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