Clay Pot Wind Chime

Kelli Mahoney

We all love wind chimes. Me? I love the sound of wooden wind chimes. And this project allows you to have fun with your kids and create a chime made out of simple items. The end result is something to be proud of and looks great hanging out on the patio.

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Ingredients:

  • small terra cotta rose pot
  • 3/4" thick dowel
  • hemp
  • 3 small rubber bands
  • glue
  • hot glue (optional)
  • paint

Optional Ingredients:

  • Décor like buttons, wood cut outs, feathers, stickers, etc.
  • Decorate your flowerpot. You can paint it, glue pieces on it, etc.

Directions:

Cut your dowel into one piece that will fit horizontally into the pot, so that it will fit 1/2" from the outer rim of the pot. The measurement will be based on your terra cotta pot, as measurements sometimes vary. Then cut two 4 inch pieces from the dowel and one 6 inch piece. These will be your chimes.

Take your hemp and cut 6 pieces of hemp 12" each. Take your rubber band and wrap it tightly around one end of the long dowel. Do this for the other two. Then take two pieces of the hemp and knot one end of each under the rubber band to the dowel. Do this for each of the dowels. Place some glue on the knots. It is okay it they are not perfectly tight.

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The rubber band is there to keep the dowel from slipping out of the knot. Then take the other end of the hemp and tie it to the small dowel that will be going into the flowerpot. The "chime" should look like a puppet hanging down from the dowel. Do the same for the other two "chimes." Remember to glue the knots to help keep them fastened.

Then take a very long string of hemp and tie it around the two strings holding the dowel toward the "chime." Wrap the string around and around the two pieces of hemp. This forms what looks like one piece of hemp. When you get to the other end, tie a knot around the string, and then tie another knot around the dowel.

With all of the "chimes" tied to the small dowel, go ahead and glue the small dowel into the flowerpot. You can use hot glue or regular glue. Take another 16 inch piece of hemp and tie both ends to the small dowel. You will string the hemp through the hole in the flower pot and use it for hanging. This is why you can use either type of glue, because when you hang the wind chimes, the dowel will be fastened inside the pot.

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July 13, 20050 found this helpful

Hey...this is a great idea for wind chime..I like to have several myself that I bought...thanks for the idea now I have christmas gifts to do...

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By Fran (Guest Post)
July 13, 20050 found this helpful

I like your windchimes Keli......I hope I can figure all that string tying out.......lol......maybe you could put another picture in or email me one of the insides.
thanks for posting , Fran

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By Linda (Guest Post)
July 14, 20050 found this helpful

What a cute idea, I work with mentally disabled persons and am always looking for a craft they can do and this they can . THANK YOU for sharing

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By patty (Guest Post)
July 15, 20050 found this helpful

sounds really simple. thanks for sharing

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July 17, 20050 found this helpful

Hi~~luv your idea...I have so many clay pots around and couldn't find anything to do with them. So will have to dig them out and do some crafting. I also luv the sound of windchimes. Happy crafting, Ruth

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By O.Chapin (Guest Post)
September 13, 20070 found this helpful

I have 10 wind chimes. I like my copper one best, its music is so pleasant and calming I am anxious to use this clay pot method.

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I am a little puzzled about the tying but will keep trying and if it is successful will make the chimes for Christmas presents. I just like all chimes.

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By Tracy H. (Guest Post)
November 28, 20080 found this helpful

I think that is a great idea, the decorations you can use are numberless. and something your kids can help with. Great!

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

Very Cute! Love it! Thanks for sharing! :O)

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