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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

Materials:

  • 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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Comments

  1. 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?

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    • 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.

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      • Hi,
        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..

        Reply
        • 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!

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