How to Design Artistic and Earthy Wind Chimes

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These earthy botanical print chimes add a touch of whimsy to your outdoor space, but can also double as wall art. It's subdue yet interesting appearance becomes a conversational piece.

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It's also suitable for all ages and stages and makes for a great afternoon craft as you prepare to welcome summer.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cold porcelain (recipe here) or air drying clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Scissors 
  • Botanical clippings such as pine, etc.
  • Acrylic paint
  • Old cotton rag
  • Jute twine or cotton rope
  • Straw
  • Branch, driftwood or dowel
  • Optional: Sealant spray or ModPodge

Step 1

Set a ball of clay onto a counter or table and roll it with a rolling pin to your desired thickness.

Choose leaves or botanical springs and press onto the clay, making sure they make a good indentation onto the clay.

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Step 2

Gently remove the leaf from the clay and cut around it with scissors.

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Step 3

Repeat this process until you have your desired amount of pieces.

Tip

  • To give your piece more interest, choose varying botanical sizes and shapes.

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Step 4

With a straw, pierce a hole through the top of each shape and allow to dry completely over night.

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Step 5

Once the clay is completely dry, use a brush and paint a light layer of desired color, ensuring it fills in the grooves of the imprint.

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Step 6

Promptly take a damp rag and remove paint from the top of the clay, leaving the residual paint in the imprint.

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Step 7

Continue this process until all of your pieces are complete and allow to dry for 30 minutes.

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Step 8

OPTIONAL: Apply a layer of sealant spray or ModPodge if desired and allow to dry.

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Step 9

Take a piece of twice or cotton rope and tie a knot at each end of your dowel or branch.

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Step 10

Tie some twine through hole of your clay piece and tie it around the dowel or branch.

Tip

  • Laying out your pieces in the desired pattern prior to attaching to the dowel or branch helps you visualize your end result.

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Step 11

Hang each piece along the branch, staggering the size and height of each.

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Step 12

Continue tying the pieces onto the branch.

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Step 13

Once all of the pieces have been tied onto the branch, cut off any excess string.

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Tip

  • As previously suggested, using varying shapes and sizes adds interest to your piece. Use uneven numbers and stagger the pieces for balance.

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