Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
Can You Use Bells for Anything Besides Jingling?
If you bought a large pack of jingle bells (when you actually needed one) and are wondering what you could possibly do with the rest, don't worry! I've collected over 40 DIY projects you can do that are perfect for the Christmas season. Here is a sampling of items you can make below:
- Napkin rings
- Musical instruments
I hope the following ideas inspire you. Feel free to change, add, or substitute materials to make the craft uniquely yours!
Find the tutorial for the snowman ornaments shown above at Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.
1. Bells and Pearls Heart Ornament
Faux pearls and bells give this heart ornament an elegant look. You'll find the tutorial at Songbird, which includes photos with and without the pearls so you can choose which look you want to make!
2. Crocheted Garland
Sometimes, the simplest idea turns out the best. That's how I feel about this crocheted garland with bell accents! You can wrap it around a wreath or arrange it into a centerpiece. Learn how to make this at Curbly.
3. Bell Tree
Imagine all the places you could display this decorative tree. It has an upscale look that would work well on a shelf, the mantle, or in a centerpiece arrangement. Jennifer Rizzo shares the tutorial for this stunning project.
4. Napkin Rings
I love using napkin rings for a holiday table setting. These rings are simple to make but give the arrangement a festive touch. Go to SAND & SISAL for the instructions.
5. Easy Garland
Can you imagine how expensive this garland would be if you bought it ready-made from a specialty shop? Angie shares how to make your own and save money in her tutorial.
6. Jingle Bell Angel
7. Angel Wind Chimes
You can enjoy this little angel wind chime all year long. All Free Crafts provides the project directions, and I think the angel would be a cute decoration for a bridal or baby shower or to hang in a girls room.
8. Jingle Bell Pillow
This Pottery Barn-inspired pillow is a lot more affordable than buying it from the store. How She Does shares how to make this adorable pillow, so make sure to try out this easy project.
9. Monogram Wreath
Consider making this monogram wreath as a wedding or housewarming gift! It's also something a teenager could use to decorate their bedroom or dorm. Find the tutorial at CraftCuts.
10. Bell Sticks
Kids will love making these bell stick musical instruments and jingling them as they sing and march.
11. Jingling Straws
Every party is more fun when you pay attention to the details, particularly with the decorations! Follow this easy tutorial to throw together your own.
12. Doorknob Hangers
If you have bangle bracelets and jingle bells around the house, you can easily make these doorknob hangers! Go to Kids 4 Crafts for the instructions.
13. Santa, Snowman, and Reindeer Cowbells
You can use cowbells to make a fun craft, and this project is ideal for Christmas ornaments or gifts. You'll find the tutorial for these fun characters at FamilyCorner.
14. Bells on a Basket
Wouldn't a pretty basket like this be the perfect way to display Christmas cards? Baby to Boomer shares the directions to make a crocheted basket with bell accents.
15. Glass Jingle Bells
These look-alike bells are glass Christmas ornaments painted to look like jingle bells. Find the steps to do this super cute project at Picklee.
16. Nature Door Hanger
Christmas is the only time of the year I include door hangers in my decorating routine. This bird and bell combo make an attractive hanger, don't you think? 2 Bees in a Pod has the tutorial.
17. Crocheted Bell
Make three of these crocheted bells to make a beautiful Christmas swag or hang them individually as Christmas tree ornaments. Crochet Jewel has the pattern you can use, and you can attach jingle bells on the ends with fishing line for a fun touch.
18. Bed Spring Christmas Ornament
Try making this unique bed spring bell for a creative bell to add to your collection of ornaments.
19. Creative Bells Ornament
Make creative bells ornaments by using your imagination and changing colors and styles of bells and ribbons.
20. Jingle Bells Ornament
Make this cute ornament for your own tree, or as a gift by going to Occasionally Crafty for the tutorial.
21. Christmas Tree
Making this bell tree is the simplest project you'll ever do. Make your tree gold or silver or any using any color you choose. Find the tutorial at Craft Unleashed.
22. Jingling Earrings
You'll hear a lovely tinkling when you don these jingle bell earrings. You can find the directions to make them at Raziela Designs.
23. Jingle Bell Instrument
Baby Center dreamed up this jingle bell instrument that's easy for little ones to hold. Make a bunch of them to hand out at a Christmas party or family gathering!
24. Marshmallow and Jingle Bell Snowman
Fill a whole tree with these cute snowmen ornaments! Gather the supplies and follow the tutorial to have a ball putting them together.
25. Red Felt Ornaments
Gotta DIY uses felt to make these adorable bell ornaments. Felt is a great fabric to use because it doesn't need hemming and doesn't fray.
26. Dancing Bells
These dancing bells are made to last and can be worn on your wrists or ankles. The fabric and velcro make these bells perfect for a classroom activity. Rainy Day Mum shares how to make these fun pieces.
27. Animal and Bell Ornaments
Bostik has a PDF where you can download the patterns and instructions to make these cute ornaments.
28. Wedding Kiss Bells
I'm sure there'll be lots of bell ringing at a wedding reception that provides bell wands to guests. They're supposed to ring the bells instead of tapping drinking glasses with silverware to "remind" the wedding couple to kiss. Chica and Jo has the tutorial.
29. Wood and Burlap Bells
If you like using burlap to decorate, this is the perfect tree ornament to try. I think that the rosette on the square dowel makes a nice base for the silver bells. Find the instructions at Shanty 2 Chic.
30. Crochet Icicle Ornaments
31. Jingle Bell Ribbon Rings
The ribbon-covered rings make holding jingle bells comfortable for even the smallest of kids. Children will enjoy dancing and "playing" these instruments while singing Christmas songs. Find simple instructions at Make and Takes.
32. Bell Letters
I believe this project is exceptional and would love to make these as Christmas presents. The tutorial can be found at Capturing Joy.
33. Bells Noisemaker
New Years day or any day of the year is a perfect time to celebrate. The kids would love making and playing these instruments created by Ganz World.
34. Liberty Bell
We couldn't have a list of bell projects without including a Liberty Bell. Use this craft in a lesson plan for the classroom using instructions from Easy Preschool Craft.
35. Friendly Pendants
Imagine the pendant necklaces you could make for your little girl and her friends with just a handful of beads and bells. Maker Land's instructions are easy to follow, and the pendant necklaces are too cute for words!
36. Paper-Cup Bells
This is arguably one of the oldest craft ideas on the internet. I think I made these when I was in grade school a lifetime ago. The project is still a good one to try, and you can see how to do it by going to FirstPalette.
37. Reindeer Necklace
Kiwi Crate shares how to make these reindeer necklaces. I think they work well as nice stocking stuffers or inexpensive gifts.
38. Tinsel Bells
These bells were unique enough to include them in this list. I like the tinsel and think it makes for very festive bells. Find the directions at Parents.
39. Spider Bells
Real spiders scare the living daylights out of me, but this spider made of bells and beads is cute! Learn how to make one over at Crafts for All Seasons.
40. Bell Snowflake
Oh, how I love this bells snowflake! I could see this as an ornament on a Christmas tree, wreath, or swag.
41. Sleigh Bells
This bell project is made using leather (actually white vinyl) to hang the bells. The gold beads and roping finish this beautifully, and the white, gold, and green colors would look great with any décor. Centsational Girl has all the steps you need to put this together.
42. Tiny Bell Wreath
This wreath may be small, but it sure packs a lot of holiday punch! Use this to create festive lapel pins, corsages, hairpins, and headbands. FunEZCrafts provides the instructions to make this little beauty.
43. Rustic Bell Christmas Wreath
I love the added burlap ribbon which makes this Christmas wreath so beautiful. Find the tutorial for this rustic bell wreath at Crafts Unleashed.
44. Pine Cone and Bell Ornament
Such a simple and easy tree ornament. Make them for your tree, to decorate packages or as gifts by following the instructions at By Steffanie Lynn.
© 2014 Loraine Brummer
How About Making Jingle Bell Crafts? Leave a Message
Shirley Robinson on September 09, 2017:
Love your vinyl with 3 bells on it. Also the bells with ear muffs. Do you have any new designs?
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on November 16, 2014:
Beaddoodler, I sure hope your granddaughter finds an item or two that she'll want to make. I think it's great that so many crafters are willing to share the directions for making the projects they dream up. Even sharing patterns.
Jennie Hennesay from Lubbock TX on November 16, 2014:
Wow! A lot of neat ideas. I'll have to show this to my granddaughter and see if she can find something she wants to make this year. Hand made ornaments are a tradition in my family.
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on November 15, 2014:
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, VirginiaLynne. I wish I had time to make a bunch of these crafts. I especially like the bells and pearls heart wreath.
Virginia Kearney from United States on November 15, 2014:
You certainly have a very complete list of crafts made with bells. I like the fact that you do link to the directions also. I have done many of these crafts before, but was impressed by some of the simple ideas like the bells on the straws and the bells on string for hanging on a tree. Pinned.