Looking for a simple and fun DIY Christmas decoration that’s sure to add some festive flair to your home this holiday season?
Then Look no further than these DIY Christmas bell decorations!
Made from recycled materials, chalk paint and Rub n’ Buff, these DIY bells are easy to make and are perfect to hang on the fireplace mantel, railings, wreaths, and more.
Lately I’ve not been sleeping very well and I woke up in the wee hours of the morning with this idea to use toilet paper rolls and an Easter egg to make vintage inspired cowbells.
I wasn’t sure if this crazy idea would work, but I’ll tell you I couldn’t be more pleased!
In fact, once I made my first three and hung them on my mantle, I couldn’t wait to make more and add them throughout my home.
So let’s get started on your DIY Christmas bell decorations today!
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Gather Your Materials for DIY Christmas Bells
To make DIY Christmas bell decorations you’ll need:
- toilet paper roll
- plastic Easter egg
- slim craft sticks
- hot glue
- black chalk paint
- antique gold Rub ‘n Buff
You may find that you have most of these supplies already on hand.
In fact, the only item I needed to purchase was rope.
You’ve gotta love a project like that!
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Assemble DIY Christmas Bell
First you’ll need to trim down your toilet paper roll.
Cut a piece that is 1 3/4″ long and one 1/4″ strip from the toilet paper roll.
Then cut the 1/4″ strip in half.
This will form the loop at the top of the bell.
You should be able to make 2 Christmas bells from one toilet paper roll.
Next place a little hot glue on the inside rim of the toilet paper roll and insert the lower portion of the plastic Easter egg.
Then run a bead of hot glue around the seam and along the lower edge of your DIY Christmas bell.
This will add a little dimension to your Christmas bell and make it feel like an old cowbell.
Paint Christmas Bell
Before you begin to paint your Christmas bell, you’ll want to scuff up the plastic Easter egg with some sandpaper.
I felt like the slick egg needed something to grip to.
Now apply the black chalk paint with an old paint brush in a pouncing motion.
You’ll want to add a bit of texture to the plastic egg as well as the cardboard roll.
Also paint the 1/4″ strip and the slim craft stick black.
Apply Rub ‘n Buff
If you’ve been following us for any length of time you know that we love to use Rub ‘n Buff.
However, this is the first time I’ve used it on a toilet paper roll.
Rub ‘n Buff is a versatile and easy-to-use metallic finish wax that can be used on a variety of surfaces to give them a beautiful shine.
It can make almost any surface have a realistic metallic finish.
The beauty of Rub ‘n Buff is that it’s quick and easy to apply and it doesn’t require any special skills to use.
You simply rub it on and then buff to get that amazing shine.
When I’m doing a project like this I keep the hair dryer close by so I can dry the paint a little quicker.
Once the paint is dry, apply the Rub ‘n Buff with an old paint brush in a circular motion.
This will bring out the texture that was created with the stippling of the paint.
Apply the Rub ‘n Buff to both sides of the 1/4″ strip as well.
Then buff the surface with a soft cloth or napkin.
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Attach the Christmas Bell Clapper
To make this Christmas bell as realistic as possible, it needs a clapper.
Place the slim craft stick inside the bell and mark the length to cut it to.
I cut mine to be about 1/4″ longer than the bell.
These slim craft sticks are easy to cut with scissors.
Then adhere the slim craft stick to the inside of the Christmas bell.
I tried 2 methods and both worked well for me.
You can place 2-3 thick glue dots on the end of the slim stick and then press it into the bell.
Or, you can squeeze a puddle of hot glue into the top of the bell.
Let it cool slightly, then insert the craft stick.
I found on a few I needed to add a little extra hot glue around the stick.
We also had one of our readers make these Christmas bells and suggested this method for attaching the clapper.
First attached a small pom pom to the end of the clapper.
Then add more hot glue to the pom pom and insert into the bell.
By using this method you don’t need to hold the clapper to allow the glue to cool.
I think this is a brilliant idea!
Finally take the 1/4″ piece and form a loop.
Secure with hot glue and then attach to the top of the Christmas bell.
And finally to finish off your Christmas bell, add rope or twine through your loop.
My first cluster of Christmas bells I hung on my mantle.
And I loved them so much I decided to make more.
I placed them on my large mirror in my bedroom.
And then I strung 5 Christmas bells across the mirror in the bathroom.
I love how realistic they look.
The stippling gave them that hammered metal look and the black paint added depth and dimension to them.
And finally I hung a cluster from the entryway mirror.
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Whether you’re looking for a simple and affordable DIY Christmas craft or a unique way to infuse some holiday cheer into your home decor, DIY Christmas bell decorations are the perfect solution.
With just a few easy steps, you can easily transform toilet paper rolls and plastic Easter eggs into beautiful DIY Christmas bells.
They are sure to look stunning on your fireplace mantel, railing or mirrors too.
So what are you waiting for?
Get started on your DIY Christmas bell decorations today!
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