Colorful Garden Bug Wind Chimes

Colorful Garden Bug Wind Chimes

Posted by DecoArt on Jul 13th 2015

Capture summertime breezes with this colorful set of outdoor wind chimes.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • stylus or pencil
    • tracing paper
    • transfer paper
    • #3 round brush
    • terra cotta pots
    • 3/4" flat brush
    • hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • #6 filbert brush
    • #1 round brush
    • clean cloth
    • #10/0 liner brush
    • jute
    • jingle bell
    • wooden wheels



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Wipe the pots off with a clean cloth to remove any excess dust. Basecoat all pots, both inside and out, and the four wooden wheels with Sweet Pea using either a sponge or 3/4" flat brush. Set the wheels aside.
    2. Starting with the largest pot first and using the pattern provided, trace and transfer the dragonflies and lettering onto the pot with tracing and transfer papers and a pencil or stylus.
    3. Using a #3 round brush and Robin's Egg Blue, paint the bodies of the dragonflies.
    4. Using a #6 filbert brush and Cloud White, paint the wings.
    5. Using a liner brush and Wrought Iron Black, outline the dragonfly bodies and wings and add detail lines.
    6. Using the same liner brush and Wrought Iron Black, paint the lettering. Dot the letters with the end of a stylus.
    7. Trace and transfer the butterfly pattern and the lettering onto the 5" pot. Paint the outsides of the wings using a #3 round brush and Petunia Purple.
    8. Paint the inner section of the wing with a liner brush, using Fuchsia first and then painting the center with Blue Bahama.
    9. Using a liner brush, outline the butterfly wings and paint the body and lettering with Wrought Iron Black. Dot the letters using a stylus.
    10. Trace and transfer the pattern for the bumblebees and the lettering to the 4" pot. Using a #6 filbert brush, paint the body of the bees, Marigold and their wings, Cloud White.
    11. Using a liner brush and Wrought Iron Black, paint the stripes on bees and the detail lines on wings; outline the bees; and paint the lettering.
    12. Trace and transfer patterns for the ladybugs and the lettering onto the 3" pot. Using a #3 round brush, paint the ladybug wings, Geranium Red. Using a #2 round brush, paint the heads and between the wings with Wrought Iron Black.
    13. Use a liner brush and Wrought Iron Black to outline the ladybug and do the lettering.
    14. Once pots are thoroughly dry, glue the painted wooden wheel inside each pot against the hole. (This will prevent the knotted jute from passing through the larger hole in the pots.)
    15. Fold the jute in half. At the fold, leaving enough of a loop for hanging, tie a knot. Thread the other end of the jute through the top of the dragonfly pot and tie another knot on the inside tightly against the wooden wheel. Thread the jute through the top of the butterfly pot. Adjust the pot so that it hangs just inside the dragonfly pot and the butterflies are not hidden. Tie another knot. Repeat for the next two pots.
    16. After tying the knot for the ladybug pot, leave enough jute to attach a rusted jingle bell. Once the bell is attached, cut off any remaining jute.


    Bumblebees Pattern
    Butterflies Pattern #1
    Butterflies Pattern #2
    Dragonflies Pattern #1
    Dragonflies Pattern #2
    Ladybugs Pattern