Peacock blue and bamboo clay wind chimes

How to Make a Wind Chime

Organic clay shapes strung up on branches make for beautiful art that brings melody and movement to the garden. Follow my instructions to make your own elegant wind chime.

How to make a wind chime


  • Dried branch or driftwood
  • Clay shapes
  • Fishing line
  • Beads
  • Drill

Make it!
1. Pick Your Pendants and Drill a Hole in Each One.

Collect clay pendants or pieces, or make your own with a modeling clay that can be baked at home in the oven. I made these shapes at a pottery studio, and if you have access to one as well, the possibilities are endless. You could also use shells or beach glass for this project. Make holes in those by covering the area you want to drill with a piece of masking tape, then using a fine bit to drill the hole. Be sure to let the drill do the work (read: don’t push too hard) or you could break the shell/glass.

How to make a wind chime

2. Make the Top of Your Wind Chime.

Drill holes in the branch or wood that you have chosen to top the wind chime. Make 2 holes in the center, and two on either side. This is where you will thread and tie your fishing line through.

How to make a wind chime

3. Thread Your Line and Add Clay Pieces.
Thread the first of the clay pieces on the fishing line and tie a knot just above it. If you are using pieces with larger holes, use beads to hold them in place. Tie a knot where you want the bead to sit, thread on the bead and top with the clay shape. Continue to thread 3-5 items onto the fishing line – this will be your center piece.

How to make a wind chime

4. Tie Ends Together for a Hanging Loop.
Now put one end of the fishing line through one of the center holes and put the other end of the line through the second hole. Tie them together tightly, leaving 2 inches above the knot. Tie the top ends together with a few knots-this will be your hanging loop.

How to make a wind chime

5. Add Pieces to the Side.
Add 2 or more clay pieces to the sides by looping them through a length of fishing line and tying them off through the two holes in the top sides of the wood. Measuring the spacing between the clay pieces is all based on what you are using and preference. Lay them out and mark where you want them to fall. Spacing should be close enough that they will clink together with a breeze, but not so close that they get tangled up.

Peacock blue and bamboo clay wind chimes

Hang your wind chime on trees with contrasting foliage for a striking look that highlights a feature in the garden.

elegant wind chime for the garden

I love the look of this peacock blue glazed wind chime with the turning leaves on my Japanese Maple ‘Bloodgood.’

How to make a clay and wood wind chime

I made a second wind chime with a bamboo glaze that stands out well with the deep green leaves and thick branches of a Rhododendron.

 Bamboo glazed ceramic and branch wind chime

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pottery windchime



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  1. Allyson Sur
    Allyson SurSeptember 10,12

    Those are really beautiful wind chimes! So artistically done! Thanks for sharing your idea. I also thought of making a wind chime out of the sea glasses I collected from the beach. That would be nice too.

  2. Jeanny
    JeannySeptember 10,12

    Wow! I can’t believe that such beautiful chime can be done so easily. It is indeed a wonder! I really think it will be perfect for my patio. Thanks a lot for the beautiful post. I am looking forward for more DIY stuffs.

  3. Kate Maryon
    Kate MaryonSeptember 12,12

    I have been collecting both sea shells and the glass to make wind chimes out of… I really do need to set aside an afternoon and get working on those… Thanks for the push!

  4. Karen Whitney
    Karen WhitneySeptember 13,12

    These are truly beautiful! Love the clay pieces you made! Such a gorgeous project :)

  5. Kim
    KimSeptember 16,12

    This is really pretty. Thanks for sharing at wow.

  6. Flying Squirrel
    Flying SquirrelSeptember 25,12

    But I thought you needed a special drill! Are you telling us that an ordinary drill and drill bit can go through glass and pottery? What about sea shells? Oh, please say yes, this is a long awaited dream….

    • Stevie
      StevieOctober 1,12

      From what I have seen, you don’t need a special drill for glass and shells – rocks possibly, but not shells and glass. If anyone has some feedback to share on their experiences, please post info for Flying Squirrel.

      • vickie kelley
        vickie kelleyAugust 7,16

        I use a Dremel with a “Diamond Tip” to drill through stained glass, ceramic, pottery, anything in the glass family. I hold my pieces under water while I drill the hole. It keeps the glass cool and the glass dust down.

  7. Deanna Roberts
    Deanna RobertsNovember 16,12

    I made my wind chime out of a root and silver ware ( spoons & forks)

  8. Carla
    CarlaJanuary 5,13

    How do I fuse glass to get the rounded edges on chimes

    • Stevie
      StevieJanuary 5,13

      Carla, I used ceramic pottery pieces for the wind chime. I’m not sure how to fuse glass. Well, actually I have done it once at a studio with the proper equipment and kiln, etc, but I couldn’t give DIY instructions. You could use shells or clay pieces for the wind chime, or check out a glass studio in your area.

  9. Christin Jeffrey
    Christin JeffreyMarch 6,13

    It turned out to be great considering the simplicity in making it. I love making wonderful and creative stuff but this one is something new to me. Glad I came across this blog. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  10. Rilane
    RilaneJune 26,14

    Great decoration. Ideal for the garden. I will copy your DIY only will use this sea shells :)

  11. She-ron Shaver
    She-ron ShaverSeptember 5,14

    Where do you find the clay pieces? I have googled and looked into stores and could not find them anywhere! Please tell me where you got the clay pieces. This is beautiful btw. Thank you!

  12. Nancy Zimmerman
    Nancy ZimmermanMay 12,15

    Love your wind chimes. I live in Hawaii and collect shells. I have learned how to clean and drill them and would like to make wind chimes out of some of them. I’m having a problem with tying knots in the fishing line. Is there a trick to it. Mine won’t hold. Also what size fishing line are you using ? Thanks for your help.

    • Stephanie
      StephanieMay 12,15

      Hi Nancy, those sound beautiful! I used beads to hold the clay shapes in place – look up at step 3 above. Tie a few knots below the bead and it will hold the shell in place for you. For the shapes that don’t use beads (the hanging teardrop ones), I looped the fishing line through the hole and knotted it at the top.

      • Nancy Zimmerman
        Nancy ZimmermanMay 12,15

        Thanks Stevie. I will try the beads and maybe a different fishing line..

  13. polly plum
    polly plumJuly 22,15

    This might be a very naiive question, as I’m new to the DIY world, but if you make your own pieces from modeling clay, shaped and baked, couldn’t you pierce the clay with a nail or something like that before baking them, to make a hole for stringing?Also, did you paint the pieces you made with any particular type of paint?

    • Stephanie
      StephanieJuly 22,15

      Hi Polly, yes, you make the holes in the clay pieces. I mention making holes with a drill if you are using shells or beach glass. The drilling of holes you see in the project is for the wood. I made the clay shapes at a pottery studio so that is pottery glaze on them. At home, you would use coloured clay or paint it after hardening.

      • Amita
        AmitaAugust 2,16

        I would like to make one with clay, and i dont know which clay is to be used. Can somebody suggest some idea of making air dried clay at home??
        Since it is a wind chime, the clay should cling when they touch!! :)
        Somebody please suggest..

        • Stephanie Rose
          Stephanie RoseAugust 2,16

          Hi Amita, oven bake clay won’t make a sound like the pottery will. You could search for pottery pieces online, or even take a pottery class (it’s fun and you can make a wind chime and much more!). Or, alternatively, use beach glass or shells for the sound. Even broken pieces of pottery would work!

          • Amita
            AmitaAugust 4,16

            Thanks a lot stephanie!! :)

  14. Heather
    HeatherOctober 3,16

    Simply stunning! It looks like your clay pieces are completely glazed. If so, I can’t figure out how you have done it without them sticking to the kiln during firing. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseOctober 3,16

      Hi Heather, yes, they were glazed all around. I dipped them in glaze and then set them on stands in the kiln. The stands are made of clay pieces with a few thin nails set into them. I set them on the nails where you won’t see the tiny pin holes they leave behind. I hope that helps!

  15. Sarah Casey
    Sarah CaseyDecember 13,16

    What kind of fishing line did you use? So many choices!! Want one that will last in the hot CA sun! These are beautiful by the way

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseDecember 13,16

      Hi Sarah, I never thought about that. Really, I just used some fishing line that I bought at a craft store. It has lasted 4 years in the garden so far without breaking. It doesn’t get nearly as hot here in Vancouver, BC, though.

      • Sarah Casey
        Sarah CaseyDecember 15,16


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