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.

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21 responses

26 05 2008
Kim

Very cute! My garden might need one of those.

26 05 2008
Abbie

I am so tempted to call them Fiesta pots :) They are adorable!!

26 05 2008
sue

How adorably cute, colorful, bright and cheery!

26 05 2008
sue

Cindy, I forgot to mention in my comment that now I know what the inside of your brain is like — adorably cute, colorful, bright and cheery!

27 05 2008
Melissa

so colorful and pretty!

28 05 2008
Senthil

It does look colorful and visually appealing! I enjoy looking at artwork and sculptures, especially those that are abstract and have geometric shapes with lots of colors. This relates to the graphic design projects I work on.

Senthil

30 12 2011
bkloflin

Hooray! You are quickly becoming so versatile and adept, Martha.

3 02 2012
Judy

I love this ! I have the perfect spot for one of these. Great Idea as a summer project with the kids. (Spring break perhaps..so it’s ready to hang for summer) Thanks for sharing .

29 05 2012
Meredith

these are adorable!!

8 03 2013
Aimee Pister

this is something I can do with all my grandchildren. I think we will make some for the mommies also!!! thanks

19 03 2013
jht

what size pots did you use?

1 04 2013
Jana Randall

Hello Cindy,
I am a writer for the SheKnows Home & Living page. Right now I am working on a few Outdoor & Gardening campaigns and would your stacked painted pots in “4 Ways to reuse terracotta pots”

http://cindydyer.wordpress.com/tag/terracotta-pot/

Please let me know if you are interested and if so, will you send me the photo without a watermark? I will ensure that your photo is credited as well as your blog.

Thank you,
Jana Randall
SheKnows.com: http://www.sheknows.com/authors/jana-randall/article

18 04 2013
Andrea

Is it just beautifully decorative or does it make noise?

18 04 2013
cindydyer

I would consider it more “beautifully decorative,” although when the wind blows hard enough, you do hear the clank of the beads against the pots!

3 06 2013
Fiona

Hi i would like to know what size pots you used please

3 06 2013
cindydyer

Hi Richard, I used the 2.5″ pots from Michael’s. You could use slightly smaller or slightly larger, though.

18 07 2013
Dianne

Hi Cindy, I see you have a tripod did you buy it or something that you recicled. Canyou show us how you tied it to the tripod?
Love you work! Just gorgeous!
Di

20 05 2014
Crafty Gardener

I found my way here from a Pinterest pin … we have lots in common … garden art, flowers, blooms and more. I’m enjoying my visit

3 07 2014
Joan McCraw

where do yo find small clay pots

10 07 2014
cindydyer

Hi Joan! I bought mine at Michael’s. They have different sizes.

20 08 2014
Linda

Love this idea & plan on making it!

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