Recycled Clay Pot Wind Chimes

Use up your old scrap pieces of wood and clay pots to create this summer wind chime to enjoy. I used a sailboat theme with an old scrap piece of wood, little clay pots, white nylon cording for strings and added big washers for the chimes. Hand paint a theme of your choice. Drill a few holes in the wood for hanging at the top. Add your clay pots and washers and you're all set to enjoy both the visual beauty and sounds this wind chime will make.


Approximate Time: 1 hour or less (drying time of paint)


  • piece of wood any length (this one is 12 inches)
  • drill with smaller drill bit to drill your holes in the wood to hang it and to add your clay pots)
  • amount of clay pots you desire (get the ones with holes in the bottoms already)
  • nylon cording to hang your pots
  • acrylic paints of your choice to paint your theme
  • paint brushes various sizes
  • washers to add to the bottoms to create the chimes sound (clay pots will also create a separate sound as well when they hit)
  • clear spray paint to protect your finished piece after your done with your design and it has dried)
  • Sailboat theme paint colors are: 2 tones of blue sky blue for sky, slate blue for the ocean water level line, flesh for the sand, white for the waves breaking around the sailboat's bottom and on the shoreline, gray and white for the seagulls flying, and any color for sailboat, but I used gray for the boat and mask pole then white for the sails. and red and white for the washers to look like life preservers.
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  • water to thin out your paints to give a muted hazy effect
  • old newspapers to lay your items on to paint and use as a paint pallet for your paints colors to easily reach


So simple to make and both pretty to see when it's done as well as the lovely sounds both the pots and washers will make.

  1. Start by drilling two holes in the top of your wood piece about 1/4 way in on each side so you can attach your string here for hanging. For my sailboat theme I let my knots be tied on the front side to be revealed giving it more of a seafaring look.

  2. Drill your holes, as desired, in the bottom side of the wood going by the number of pots you will use. Here I used 3 so my holes were spaced out in the center.

  3. Paint your scene on the wood and clay pots turned upside down, then let dry. Anyone can paint this sailboat scene, the next few directions discuss how to do it.
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  5. Using a medium sized soft paintbrush wet it first, then wipe off with old rag. Put out a quarter size or less amount of each color paint on a piece of newspaper. Starting at the top of the wood, first use the lightest blue just a bit in your brush and just paint across the first top 1/4 of your wood in a wave motion until you have your sky.
  6. Then rinse your brush and wipe it almost dry on your rag and do the same thing using your 2nd darker blue color which will create your ocean water line on the 1/2 of your wood across which creates your deepest water.
  7. Take the gray color for your sailboat paint on a smile like shape on the darkest water line and paint on a line up the center of the boat for your mast.
  8. Paint your sail doing the same smile shape on one side of the mast pole, but paint it on vertically. Take the white of your paint brushes end just dab on in a light punching method some white paint around the bottom edges of the boat and across the darkest water line horizontally which will create your water break on the ocean.
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  10. For painting on seagulls, use a thin liner brush and paint on v shapes in 2 or 3 tiny sizes far apart, then go over again just lightly on the edges with white paint still using your liner brush and this will create the wing color of your seagulls.
  11. If you desire to carry the same theme onto your clay pots you do the same thing, but next to the last bottom edge of the pot will be flesh color paint for the sand beach line. Then I added the blue below it as water rushing up into the sand.
  12. The washer for life preservers will be painted white, then just paint on red every other area in a curved on way. Let all dry then spray with 2 coats clear spray paint to seal it.
  13. The nylon string will be different lengths that you decide. You just want your clay pots and washers to barely overlap while hanging beside each other so when the wind hits them they will touch and create sounds.
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  15. Put your nylon string through the clay pots after you get the distance you desire and tie off knots underneath them. That way they stay in place.
  16. Then extend your string on down and tie on your washers. Usually I would have used fishing line in most of my projects, but this being a sea theme the white nylon string looks best and the more knots you tie in the strings the better they fit into this particular theme.

Hang and enjoy.

By Babette

Recycled Clay Pot Wind Chimes

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May 10, 20090 found this helpful

This is a very cute idea. I have thought about doing similar project but could never figure out how to keep the string inside the pot since the hole in the middle is pretty big. I guess you just tie big knots until the pot does not slip down the string.


Or you could tie a knot and put a bead there to keep it from falling thru. Then tie another knot to keep the bead from falling down. Again, I love your craft project.

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May 10, 20090 found this helpful

I've made some similar to these before, but I love your sailboat theme. Very cute!

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May 12, 20090 found this helpful

This looks a really fun project to do and I love the nautical theme - perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing.

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