Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Every time a bell rings............

If you've ever watched "It's a Wonderful Life", you know that Zasu tells her daddy that "every time a bell rings, an angel get's it's wings". I think that's a sweet thought and since our library program had a connection to the movie, it was only natural to make bell ornaments as a favor for each guest. Several years ago, I made a similar bell ornament for my tree. I called them "Santa Bell" ornaments and told the kids in my class that if they made them and hung them on the bottom branches of the tree, they would hear them ring when Santa put their gifts under the tree. That little story had it's roots in the fact that when my kids were little, I hung all my bell ornaments on the bottom branches so that if they were sneaking peaks at gifts under the tree, the ringing bells would signal me to peak at them and see what they were up to!!! Love to recall those good Christmas memories!!
This little bell ornament is so easy to make that you can make lots of them and you can add them to your tree or decorate packages with them, whatever you wish. Start by picking up a bag of bells (the larger jingle bells work best), a package of glitzy chenille stems, a roll of Christmas ribbon for the bows and a roll of narrow ribbon for the loops.
Remember - just "double-click" on any of the pictures for a close-up view.

Step 1 - To make one bell ornament, start with one bell, one loop (cut a 7" piece of narrow ribbon, fold in half and tie a know at one end - see the picture above), one chenille stem and one piece of pretty ribbon (12" length).

Step 2 - Fold chenille stem in half (1.) and cut with wire snips or old scissors. Slip chenille stem through bell top (2.). Turn chenille stem ends up (3.) and then cross over and do one twist with the chenille stem (4.). Bend the ends to point straight out (5.).

Step 3. Lay the length of pretty ribbon at the crosspoint of the chenille stem and place the loop on top of the ribbon.

Step 4. Fold the right end of the chenille stem over the ribbon and loop.

Step 5. Fold the left end of the chenille stem over the ribbon and loop. Now your ribbon and loop are secure.

Step 6. Bend the rest of the chenille stem ends around the top of the chenille circle so that you cannot see them.

Step 7. The last step is to tie a bow with the pretty ribbon and your ornament is finished!! No glue, no glitter mess........just a pretty little jingle bell ornament!! Make lots and give them to all your friends and family!!!

At the beginning of this post, I mentioned the Santa bell ornament I taught to kids. This is it in the photo on the right. There's a quick way to create this one and I'll be back in a couple of days to share how we did this one. Jacob and Sara (who is just 5) made these a couple of weeks ago and they are very easy to make, too. You need the same supplies for this ornament as you did for the Little Bell ornament.....except you need two sizes of bells so pick up a bag of larger bells and a bag that are slightly smaller. There's another version of this bell that involves intertwined hearts so I'll be sharing that one, too.
Have fun making the bells ring!!
Grandma Skeeter and Jacob


Mary Grace McNamara said...

Hi Sandi and Jacob! What a fun thing to do together! Does Jacob know how blessed he is to have such a wonderful Grandma?


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a great tutorial, and I'm amazed that you, Jacob, made so many of these with your grandmother. What a fun day that must have been.

Pat said...

Gee, Jacob and Sandi....you do NICE work and your directions are so easy to follow. I may have to do these next year when I see my grandkids ahead of the holidays. Thanks for sharing.