It is the season for outdoor and I have been working on sprucing it up. Check out my rescued patio set and DIY outdoor coffee table. The next step was to add some pretty and fun decor. Living in Southern California about a mile from the ocean makes for lots of windy evenings and windy evenings calls for a fun DIY wind chime made out of colorful little bottles! And they also double up as pretty decor when filled with water and flowers!
These bottles have a really long life story. I had bought a spice rack a while ago specifically for the shape of the bottles. Unfortunately, it didn’t really work out because all the caps started breaking and falling apart. I threw the plastic parts away but of course had to save the bottles. About 5 years ago, I used the school glue technique to color them and hang them with jute twine in my kitchen. But the glue got tacky and with time, the bottles looked awful! I took them down and put them in my “will get to soon” pile in the garage. This is what they looked like…
Finally after 2 years of waiting for their turn, they are now a fun a up-cycled DIY wind chime and decor 🙂
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Materials needed for DIY wind chime from up-cycled bottles –
- Bottles to up-cycle – Any kind!
- Martha Stewart Transparent Glass paint
- Foam brush
- 22 gauge floral wire
- 7″ pipe clamp
- needle nose plier
- wire cutter
How to make DIY wind chime from up-cycled bottles –
Step 1 – Clean your bottles – I washed the bottles by hand to clean out all the old “colored glue” and then gave them a pass through the dishwasher.
Step 2 – Color them – Once they were dry, I gave them a couple coats of the glass paint.
Step 3 – Let them dry. The directions call to air dry for 21 days or bake in the oven at 350C for 1 hour… I don’t know about you but I do not have the patience to wait for 21 days for my bottles to be ready for use (!!). Of course, I went the baking route. Here are all the bottles colored, baked and ready!
Step 4 – Tie them up – First tie the wire around the necks. I gave them 3-4 passes followed by lots of twisting in the end to make them secure. I cut the wires at varying approximate lengths.
Step 5 – Tie them to the pipe clamp – I tied them to the pipe clamp at different lengths, making sure there was a little overlap between the bottles to bump and be wind chimes.
Step 6 – Tie a couple loops of wire to the top for hanging and hang it up! The wind chime works pretty great because the bottles are heavy enough that they don’t move a lot in the wind. But when they do, they make really subtle sounds.
Step 7 – Fill with pretty flowers and water for instant decor! I love how it turned out! It makes subtle sounds in the wind when empty but when we have company or just because I feel like it, I can fill it with flowers and water. The water makes it heavy and they don’t move in the wind too much, but you can still hear little clinks in strong winds.
I love to look out my kitchen window and catch this view! Flowers always brighten up your mind 🙂
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