Wind chimes come in all shapes and sizes, and the most innovative wind chimes that you can make at home are wind chimes made from clay pots. These create a unique sound and are perfect for areas that are usually too windy for light and small wind chimes that will ring incessantly. Here’s how.
- Paint. You will need four clay pots in various sizes. The smallest clay pot should be light enough for a fair amount of wind to blow it. The largest clay pot may require a pretty strong wind to get the chime to ring, but is useful in assessing how strong the winds are. Paint the pots according to the design that you want. You can also use stencils as a way to create uniform prints and patterns on the clay pots. After painting, place the clay pots in the open air to allow the paint to dry.
- Coat. Because the wind chimes will be placed outdoors and will likely be exposed to the elements, you will need to protect the surface of the clay pot and the paint by applying a layer of varnish. Polyurethane works well with clay pots, and is available in most crafts shops. A sponge can be used to apply the varnish into the clay pots, although brushes may also be used. Allow the varnish to dry again.
- Adding twine. Next, you will need to add twine that is around two yards in length. Fold the plastic twine into two and create a loop at the end of the plastic twine, which you will use to secure the clay pot onto the air, through the holes at the bottom of the clay pot which normally allows water to drain. Make sure that there is a good length of twine hanging from the pot.
- Beading and knotting. Next, you will need to take the excess length of plastic twine from the clay pot and use it to create another knot. Add in big wooden beads which will ring the clay pots during gusts of wind. To keep the bead from falling, create another knot underneath it. Add in two or three more beads. Do not worry if the second and third beads are far below the clay pot, since they add a decorative touch for the wind chimes.
- Repeat for the other pots. Repeat the same procedure for the other clay pots. Make sure, however, that you use slightly smaller lengths of plastic twine for the smaller pots, to keep the proportions intact. Use scissors to cut off the excess lengths of plastic twine. After you have tied up all of the clay pots, you can then hang these in the garden, patio, or near a large window at your home.
Make sure that the area where you will hang your clay pot wind chimes are windy enough to allow the clay pots to generate soft wind music. With the wind chimes in place, just sit back and relax, while listening to the sound of the wind rushing through.