How to Make a Wind Chime Out of Tea Cups & Saucers


Few things are more relaxing on a warm summer day than sitting on a porch with a cool drink, listening to the gentle tinkling of a wind chime waving in the breeze. For those with a country or shabby-chic look in their home, a tea cup and saucer wind chime can be just the right accent that you're looking for. Collect an attractive mixture of china pieces from thrift stores and yard sales and turn them into a one-of-a-kind work of handmade art.

Step 1

Spray paint two 18-inch branches white, pink or another color that will coordinate with your china pieces. Add a second coat after the first coat is dry. Allow the branches to completely dry before continuing.

Step 2

Cut a piece of fishing line 14 inches long. Tie a large button onto one end of the line using a very secure knot. Cut another piece of fishing line 10 inches long and tie a large button securely onto one end.

Step 3

Super glue the button with the longer string to the center of a saucer, on the top where a cup would sit. Super glue the other button to the center of the saucer bottom. Use plenty of glue to make sure that the buttons are secure and leave the fishing lines loose and unglued.

Step 4

Lay out the painted branches in a crossed pattern. Wrap fishing line over and around the crossed part of the branches, to make them secure in their arrangement. Tie the fishing line in a series of secure knots. Add super glue if needed, to make sure that the branches stay in place.

Step 5

Cut a piece of fishing line 6 inches long. Loop it around the center cross of the branches and tie the ends together to create a hanging loop for the wind chime.

Step 6

Tie the longer loose end of the fishing line with the attached saucer to the middle cross of the branches. Make sure that you tie the longer line to this portion, so that the saucer hangs right side up.

Step 7

Cut four pieces of fishing line, each 12 inches long. Tie one end of each line to a teacup handle and the other end to one branch end. You will have four cups hanging down, one at each end of the crossed sticks.

Step 8

Tie a fifth teacup to the end of the shorter line hanging down from the center of the saucer. Use the hanging loop to hang your wind chime on a porch or patio where the breeze will catch it and move it around.

Things You'll Need

  • White spray paint
  • 2 18-inch branches
  • Clear fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • 2 large buttons
  • 5 teacups
  • 1 saucer
  • Super glue


  • The Crafty Chica: Tea Mug Wind Chime
  • Henry Quant, Crafter; Lincoln Park, MI
Keywords: teacup wind chime, shabby chic chimes, upcycle tea cups

About this Author

Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written dozens of articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including EndlessSunday, GardenGuides and Travels.