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I Heard the Bells Ornament


Bells and Christmas kinda go together, don't they? The song I Heard the Bells refers more to church bells or chimes playing carols, but there's also Santa's jingle bells, bell ringers collecting donations, sleigh bells, silver bells and on and on. So get some little bells out, and let's make something with them, okay?

I've made this first item as an ornament of sorts, but at our house, I hung it on the doorknob of our front door. It adds just a bit of jingle as people come and go, which is nice when you have holiday guests arriving!

I Heard the Bells Ornament

Here's what you need:

Small Embroidery Hoop (I used 3-inch)
Yarn
Jingle Bells

I Heard the Bells Ornament

Cut off a piece of yarn that is 3 to 4 yards long (it's better to have too much than too little) and tie one end to the embroidery hoop, leaving a tail of an inch or two. Add a bit of tape to the other end to make it easier to string the bells on.

I Heard the Bells Ornament

Start wrapping the embroidery hoop with the yarn, and then add a bell. Wrap it in such a way that the bell goes in the center of the hoop.

I Heard the Bells Ornament

Continue wrapping and adding bells along the way. Mine felt a bit tight with 8 bells, but this will vary depending on the size of your hoop and bells.

I Heard the Bells Ornament
I Heard the Bells Ornament

When you get to the end, wrap the yarn a few times around the metal bracket and secure with a knot. Use the extra yarn to tie a loop for hanging. If you're planning to hang this on a doorknob, be sure the loop is large enough.

This ornament jingles when it jangles!

I Heard the Bells Headband
I Heard the Bells Headband

The other thing I made this year with bells isn't really a tutorial for you, but I wanted to show it off as a fun idea. I started with a basic headband, wrapped it with ribbon, then added bells at the top to form a crown.

My jingle bell crown

It's a wee bit heavy, but I love, love, love it!

10 comments:

  1. Aw, these are is so cute , such a lovely idea! xxx

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  2. This is such a lovely idea :) That colour yarn is lovely! What yarn is it? I think green is a hard colour to get hold of in the right shade! This one is stunning, Emma

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    1. I bought this yarn last year for crafty things like this, and don't have the label any more. I do remember that I bought it at JoAnn. Sorry I'm not more help!

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  3. Cute idea with jingle bells and hoops! My grand daughters and I will add this to the craft list this Christmas! Thank you so much for all of your creativity Mollie!

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    1. Thank you! Happy Crafting!

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  4. This is so cute, even not as an ornament. I could see it being used in a variety of ways! Thank you for sharing!

    Aubrey

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  5. I love the hoop/ornament! I plan on making one tomorrow (I'm tempted to do it tonight, but there are chores I should be doing).

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  6. This is so cute!!! I definitely want to do this for next year!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  7. Anonymous11:59 PM

    How adorable! and definitely do-able! Thank you!

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  8. We were trying to find something that our children at church on Wednesday nights could do that is easy. This seems like it would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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