Even if your bells are not silver, Christmas bells are a traditional decoration for the holiday. Here’s an easy and inexpensive project to make bells to hang on your door knob to greet your guests in December.
Try making this project for other holidays, too. Orange and black ribbon will turn them into Halloween bells, or use red, white, and blue for patriotic bells. There are endless ways to change this project to fit the season.
-A round 6 inch diameter Grapevine wreath
-5/8 inch red grosgrain ribbon (I used approx. half of a 7 foot spool)
– 3/8 inch green grosgrain ribbon (various long lengths)
– 1 1/2 inch green grosgrain ribbon for bow
– Hot glue gun and glue
– 4 (60 mm) Jingle bells
-decorative shank button
-Small amount of Christmas greenery
–Hair Bow Tool & Ruler
-Wood Burning Tool, fray check, or clear nail polish to seal ribbon ends
1. Clip off any hanging sprigs or leaves from the grapevine. Attach red ribbon to the back of the wreath with a dab of hot glue. Wrap ribbon around wreath, covering the entire wreath. Secure the other end of ribbon with a dab of hot glue.
2. Cut 4 various lengths of the 3/8 inch green ribbon. Thread one end of ribbon through a bell then fold the ribbon over and secure with hot glue. Repeat for all four ribbons. Glue the other end of the ribbons to the back of the wreath. (See pictures of this in step 3).
4. Cut 18 inches of Bowdabra Bow Wire, fold in half, and place in the Mini Bowdabra that already has the Hair Bow Tool on it.
5. Using the 1 1/2 inch green ribbon, make a 4 inch wide basic bow with 4 loops and long tails. Leave the ribbon on the spool, but unroll a long piece. Fold in half to find the center and place center into the Mini Bowdabra.
6. Make one loop on the left that is 2 inches long. Note that the end of this loop should be facing up on the other side of the Mini Bowdabra.
7. Take the other end piece of ribbon on the right side of the Mini Bowdabra and make another loop that is 2 inches long. As you can see, both ends of the ribbon are facing up.
8. Fold the free end of the first loop to make the 3rd loop. Note the ribbon end is facing down.
9. Fold the final loop. Both ends are facing down.
10. Scrunch this bow with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.
11. Leave the bow in the Mini Bowdabra for now. Thread the 2 loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end. Pull the wire tightly so the bow will not fall apart, then remove from the Mini Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the wire and bring them around to the back of the bow. Double knot, then trim excess wire.
12. Cut a small piece of the 3/8 inch green ribbon and seal the ends. Wrap it around the bow center and secure with a dot of hot glue.
13. Cut the ends of the bow to your desired length. They can be cut straight, on a diagonal, or make dovetails. Seal ends.
14. Glue bow on wreath in the center of the greenery spray, then cut off the back of the shank button and glue that on the bow center.
Your wreath is now ready to display for Christmas.