Dollar Store Wind Chimes and Teacher Appreciation
Trying something new today. It’s called Blog With Friends and each month a topic is chosen and we all come up with something to tie into that month’s topic. I thought I would share my idea to make wind chimes.
Teachers are amazing humans. They dream of making a difference in a child’s life and they do even though some of them never know it. I’ve got several in my family, all of whom love nothing more than sharing their gift with the children. Several music teachers, some elementary teachers, all of them love their jobs. So thank you to all the teachers out there.
Now are y’all ready for an easy wind chime?
I wanted to come up with my own craft using terra cotta pots. So cute and you can do so much with them.
You’ll need the following:
- 2 1/2″ terra cotta pots
- small wind chimes
- Craft paint
- Foam brushes
- Needle nosed pliers
- Hot glue gun
I found my terra cotta pots at Dollar Tree, 3 for $1. Can’t beat that……….
That’s also where I found the wind chimes
Using some craft paint I had ( Walmart has had some on sale for .50 cents)
If you don’t want paint on your hands ( yeah I had to go to the school with yellow fingernails) wear some gloves. I never remember to do it, but figured I’d tell you anyway. 🙂
It’s easier if you paint the inside of the pot first
Let it dry thoroughly, then paint the outside
Again, let it dry.
I wanted an aged look, so I lightly sanded them when they were dry, using a slightly damp towel, wipe off the dust. With a dry cloth, wipe on and then wipe off some MinWax Dark Walnut stain. Let it dry. Again, unless you want your hands to look like mine, wear some gloves……….
Once the stain is good and dry on your little pot, take your wind chimes apart. Using the same wind chimes I did, there is a split ring jump ring connecting the top and the bottom part of the chime. Use your needle nosed pliers to gently pull it apart
Unhook the top length of fishing line from the bottom and feed that through the small hole in the top of the pot.
Hanging onto the top part, take the bottom and feed the top onto it again. Like you do a key chain……Using your pliers, make sure you close the jump ring tightly again.
Now the flower is on top of the pot and when you hang it, it will rest against the top of the pot and cover the hole. I used a bit of glue to make sure it stayed in place.
Now, go hang it somewhere and listen to it chime 🙂
Check out my friends posts showing appreciation for all the AMAZING teachers out there
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