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As I was going through my Christmas storage totes last week to see what I had for wrapping supplies, I came across a package of tiny silver jingle bells I bought at the end of last year’s holiday season. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know what I was going to do with them back then, but it’s hard to pass up on a great deal, especially when it’s something so adorable.
Last year, I made simple jingle bell ornaments to dress up some handmade gifts using large, colorful, and sparkly options that seemed to stand alone. However, I knew these smaller ones would require a little more work to create something with impact. Luckily, I had a little motivation from my friend Shannon, who inspired a group of home bloggers to create a Christmas ornament or other holiday decorating element to share in an upcoming free book. So much fun!
These ornaments are super easy to make, but my-oh-my do they add sparkle to almost anything you want to decorate for the holidays!
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Supplies & Tools
To start with, cut a 16″ length of wire and loop back one end about 1″. Using the needle-nose pliers, wrap the end around until you’re left with a tiny loop and the end is secure.
Start feeding the bells onto the wire, making sure the first one is tight against the loop and each additional bell is as close as possible.
After you get about a 7″ strand of bells (depending on how large you want your wreath to be), feed the end through the loop you made earlier and secure it by wrapping the wire around the bells a few times. Cut the end off with your wire cutters and reshape the whole thing into a circle. Attach a piece of ribbon for hanging. So simple!
Aside from the obvious option of hanging these jingle bell ornaments on the Christmas tree, try tying them to gifts or using them to embellish everyday decorative accessories in your home during the holiday season.
Be sure to check out the other DIY Christmas projects by visiting each of the participating blogs. I want to extend a big thank you to Shannon for organizing the whole series!
AKA Design- Merry Christmas Garland
House of Hepworth’s- Silver Tinsel Ornaments
Things That Are Pretty- Scrabble Ornaments
Thistlewood Farms- Spring Snowflake Ornament
Finding Home- Faux Taxidermy Ornaments
Cozy.Cottage.Cute- Christmas Surprise Bags
Later this month, I’ll also have the book available for you to download for free, which will include photos and tutorials of all these fab Christmas projects.
Looking for another Christmas craft idea? Try making these log slice chalkboard ornaments!
I also whipped up these wood bead mini wreaths. Cute, right?
You can also check out the Winter & Christmas Project Gallery for many more ideas!