how to make wind chimes

Materials Needed

  • 3.5-inch terra-cotta pot
  • three 1.5” terra-cotta pots
  • string or line, strong enough to support the pots but fine enough to weave through the beads and pots
  • 4 rustproof metal washers, smaller than the drainage holes in the smaller pots but bigger than the hole in the large pot
  • “flower” materials* - popsicle sticks or small dowels for the stems; wood discs, buttons or other small materials for the blossoms.
  • 3 beads for ringers
  • extra beads or decorations for the final weight at the bottom of the chimes
  • hook for hanging
  • scissors
  • felt-tipped pen or marker for marking string
  • ruler
  • blunt-end needle
  • outdoor acrylic craft paint
  • acrylic sealer (optional)
  • brushes
  • wax paper
  • exterior wood glue
  • pea gravel

Step 1: Paint Pots and Flowers

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*Try using a real plant instead of faux flowers! Choose a small, drought-tolerant plant like a succulent and use moisture-retentive potting soil.

Paint the pots, flowers, stems, beads and other decorations and let dry completely. Glue the flower petals to the stems. For a gloss finish or better weather resistance, spray the pots and decorations with a layer of a clear gloss sealer and allow to dry.

Step 2: Create the Hanger

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Measure five 40-inch pieces of string, four for the hanger and one for the chimes. Thread the four pieces of string halfway through a washer and knot securely, creating 8 equal pieces of string on both sides. Tie the last piece of string to the washer.

Thread the strings through the bottom of the large terra-cotta pot so that the washer remains inside and the string comes out of the drainage hole. Turn the pot upside down.

Thread another washer on the longest piece of string, then run it through the drainage hole to keep it out of the way while you construct the hanger.

Step 3: Thread the Hanger

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Arrange the remaining string into four pairs and tie a knot in each pair 2.5 inches from the hole. Next, take two adjacent pieces of string from two different pairs and tie a knot an inch down from the first knot, keeping them level. Repeat, creating four new pairs.

Pull the chime string out of the pot and set the washer aside. Gently turn the pot over, holding the hanger strings in one hand. Even the strands so they hang level, then tie a knot, about 4-6 inches up depending on the size of your flowers or plant. Tie a knot around your hook and trim excess string.

Step 4: Assemble the Chimes

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With your hanger now secure, lay the pot on its side again. Make your first ringer by threading a little pot upside-down onto the chime string. Push it up all the way up so it is bottom-to-bottom with the larger pot.

Thread a washer onto the string up to the rim of the little pot and knot – the placement of the washer is where the little pot will actually hang. Note: if you are using a large diameter string or line, you may not need to use the washer – the knot may be enough to hold the pot in place.

Thread a bead onto the line a few inches from the washer and knot. Beads with large holes may need to be double-knotted or glued. The placement between the bead and the washer will vary between bead sizes – the bead should protrude slightly from the pot so it rings against the rim.

Repeat these steps with the second and third pots.

Step 5: Finish Up

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Thread your remaining beads and decorations 2–3 inches below the last bead for your final ringer. Trim away excess string. Even the ringer beads and secure all knots with a drop of glue if necessary.

Put the flowers into the pot, using pea gravel to hold the arrangement in place.

Hang and enjoy the music!

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