Then on to craft project #823

25 05 2008

Okay, I’m not really keeping track of how many craft projects I’ve done in my lifetime. This is my latest one for the garden—a “bell” tower wind chime, of sorts. You can get all of the supplies from your local craft store.

Step 1: Using cheap craft paint, I painted each miniature pot a different color. I recommend sealing the pots after painting with a spray on or brush on outdoor sealant to keep the paint from peeling or fading too soon. I haven’t sealed these yet.

Step 2: I measured out how long I wanted my tower/chime and cut a piece of rusty wire to fit. I threaded the wire through a rusty implement that had broken off an old wind chime (it’s a garden tool), thus forming the foundation or bottom of my bell tower.

Step 3: I threaded cheap multi-colored beads (from my brief jewelry-making phase) onto thick, flexible craft wire, followed by the first pot. I arranged them by color, grouping dark to light and warm to cool. I added more beads, then the next pot, and so on. I used the less colorful beads in the area inside each pot because those beads wouldn’t be visible. The prettiest beads were saved for the display area peeking out below each pot. Remember, if you’re using the thicker wire, you’ll need beads with larger openings for threading.

Step 4: When all the pots (I used eight in total) were threaded onto the wire, I finished off the top with a large loop. You can hang this on virtually anything: a trellis, from a tree branch, dangle from a shepherd’s hook, etc.

I also made simple “garden jewelry” (sans the little pots) with the same rusty craft wire, multi-colored beads, and another garden tool at the bottom. Both projects were cheap, easy, and fast to make—a great project for a garden club or summer project for kids.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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10 responses

20 05 2012

Love this. Going to make this next weekend.. Thanks

2 06 2012

you used a small tripod trellis for yours; did you it or buy it?

26 07 2012
Yvonne Coombs

You gave me a use for all my tiny flower pots! Thanks!

25 01 2013

I envision making this with heavy twine and knotting a bead or button at the opening of each pot instead of stringing a whole length of beads. Faster for someone (or a child) who doesn’t have boxes full of beads. You could also use an old piece of silverware–a serving spoon or fork–as the dangler. Lots of directions to go with this one. Thanks! (PS: Those little jars of Latex wall paint samples from the hardware store are fairly weather resistant outdoors–I use them all the time on terracotta pots and the oldest have not faded in three seasons.)

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11 05 2013

It would be helpful to take a picture farther back, showing top to bottom in the garden. Love this idea!

19 07 2013
Loving, Caring and Sharing

Reblogged this on Loving, Caring and Sharing and commented:
This looks easy and very eye catching.

18 10 2013
Garden Projects With Pots | The Garden Glove

[…] Muse has a great tutorial on making a bell tower wind chime from mini pots. We might perfer to leave the pots natural, but the idea is so […]

18 05 2014

Can you please tell me the wire for the trellis of the clay pot wind chime ,what type of wire is it and where can I find it? I have been to craft and hardware stories and nobody can tell me!

25 05 2014

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