Flowerpot Chime

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Flowerpot Chime
Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Give spring's warm breezes a unique voice with this earthy wind chime.

What you'll need

  • 5 1/4-inch-diameter plastic flowerpot saucer
  • Five 1 1/2-inch-diameter clay pots
  • Clear acrylic finish
  • Pushpin
  • Acrylic paint
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Hole punch
  • Soda bottle
  • Craft knife
  • Small bells
  • Buttons

How to make it

  1. Paint the saucer and pots. When the paint dries, add a coat of clear acrylic finish. Let it dry.

  2. Using a pushpin, make a hole in the center of the plastic saucer and at four equidistant spots around the side of the saucer. Widen the holes with scissors or a compass point if needed (a parent's job).

  3. Cut five leaf shapes out of the soda bottle (a parent's job).

  4. Cut four 1 1/2-foot lengths of string.

  5. To make each chime, punch a hole in the end of a plastic leaf and tie it onto the end of the string. Next, slip on the bell, tie a knot about 3/4 inch above the bell, thread on a button and then a pot (upside down).

  6. Thread the end of the string out through one of the side holes in the saucer (thread from the inside and make sure the saucer's upside down). To fasten in place, run the string up through one hole in a button and then down through another hole and knot tightly.

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