My name is Chin chin. I like DIY projects, especially those that use recyclable materials to help take care of Mother Earth.
Ding! Dong! Ding! It's Christmas time! I'm sure many people have already put up their decorations, lanterns, trees, and lights. Jolly Christmas carols, including nostalgic songs, can be heard in the air.
As for my kids, the season usually means making Christmas craft projects for school as well. This year, one of my children made a Christmas bell ornament. Let me show you how we did it.
But before that, I don't think there's really any mention of bells in the Christmas story in the Bible. But why have people included this object as part of the Christmas celebration? There are even songs like "Silver Bells" or "Carol of the Bells" that associate bells with the Christmas season. The ringing of bells is typically associated with the announcement of an event or occasion like a wedding. Though bells were rung during pagan winter celebrations and believed to ward off evil spirits, the ringing of bells eventually was adopted in churches to call the people to gather for the mass or service. At Christmas Eve, it is common to hear the ringing of bells to announce the celebration of Christ's birth.
How to Make a Christmas Bell Ornament
Prepare the Following Materials:
- Paper and cardboard—you can use cartolina or even cereal boxes
- Glue or double tape, stapler, scissor, pencil or marker, glue gun
- Art paper or foil (yellow and green, or any color you want); if there's a sticker foil, that is easier to use.
- Small Christmas ball
- Ribbons, Christmas embellishments, thread or yarn (gold, optional).
- Draw a bell pattern on an A4 size paper. You can actually make any size you want, just make sure that it is symmetrical.
- Use the bell pattern and trace 10 copies on the art paper (or foil or sticker foil) also. Cut them out.
- Glue the bell cut outs onto the cartolina or cereal boxes. Then, cut them out.
- To assemble the bell, fold first the bell cut outs in half. Get two pieces and glue together (or use the stapler which is easier) the half portions of two bell cut outs. Get another bell cut out and glue it to one of the half portions. Get another bell cut out and glue it to one of the half portions. Do this until all the cut outs are finished. Don't forget to glue the thread or yarn (for hanging the bell) before gluing the last one.
- Cut out edges of the bell if there are misaligned portions. You can use the yellow sticker foil (if you have) on the edges to make sure that they're stuck together.
- Add the embellishments.
- Cut about 10 1-inch strips of the green foil or art paper and glue it onto the neck of the bell. You may have to do it half and half of the bell to make the strip curve.
- Use the thread to tie the small Christmas ball under the bell. You may also use glue stick/glue gun to attach it.
- Make a big ribbon and décor with red beads, pine cone, poinsettia leaves or whatever would look nice.
Note: You can make a small version of these bells and use it as an ornament. You can even make different patterns like balls, stars, Christmas trees, angels, etc.
How to Make Christmas Bell Tree Ornament Made With Glittered Glue Stick
Prepare the Materials needed:
- Transparent plastic cover
- Pattern of a small bell on paper
- Glue gun
- Glue stick (glittered or plain)
1. Put a piece of plastic cover over the paper drawn with a bell pattern.
2. Using the hot glue stick and glue gun, trace the outline of the bell pattern so that the finished project will be a bell made with glue stick.
If you used glue stick with glitters already, then you won't need the glitter.
If you used plain glue stick, before the glue stick sets, sprinkle with some glitters.
3. Cut away the excess plastic cover and make a hole for the string (for hanging).
How to Make Christmas Bell Ornament Made from Yarn
Prepare the following materials
- Old cardboard box
- Sewing push pins
- Yarn any color
- Liquid glue with a little water and cornstarch
- Embellishments like ribbons, leaves, small balls
Instructions: (Please refer to the photos below)
- Make an outline or pattern of a bell on the cardboard using the push pins.
- Immerse the yarn in the liquid glue mixture.
- Use the yarn to make a bell shape using the push pins as guide.
- Let the yarn dry, which will stiffen because of the glue.
- Remove the yarn bell from the push pins.
- Brush the yarn bell with a little glue and sprinkle with the glitters.
- Add embellishments as desired and a string for hanging.
Christmas Bell Songs
One of the things I enjoy most during the Christmas season is the playing of Christmas music. Some of them which make mention of bells or Christmas bells are "Carol of the Bells", "Silver Bells" and "Jingle Bells". But you'll be surprised to know that these were not originally written for the celebration of Christmas.
"Carol of the Bells"
"Carol of the Bells" was composed by Ukranian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1904. The English text was written later by Peter J. Wilhousky in the 1930s, which was not related to the original text in any way. The original song was based on the traditional folk chant sung during the New Year in Ukraine telling about the plentiful and bountiful year to come.
Before the introduction of Christianity to Ukraine, this was celebrated in the Spring or April. After the introduction of Christianity to the country, the celebration of New Year was moved to January of the Julian Calendar. When the English text was composed by Peter Wilhousky, the song was then popularly performed and sung during the Christmas season.
"Silver Bells" was the composition of partners Jay LIvingstone and Ray Evans for the Lemon Drop Kid movie in 1951. The original title of the song was actually "Tinkle Bell", which was inspired by the little tinkly bell found on their work desk. When they found out from Jay's wife that "tinkle" is a child's slang for urination, they ended up substituting "Silver" for "Tinkle", thus the title "Silver Bells."
This is one of the famous Christmas songs that is very popular with caroling children in the Philippines (even if there's no snow in the Philippines). But do you know that it is not a Christmas song? It is a song written for Thanksgiving. It was composed by James Lord Pierpont in 1850, and it had the original copyright name of "One Horse Open Sleigh" in 1857. This song tells about the sleigh races held in Salem Street in the early 1800s.
"Jingle Bell Rock"
This is also a popular Christmas song just like "Jingle Bells". "Jingle Bell Rock" was first released in 1957 by Bobby Helms. It was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe.
"Ding Dong Merrily on High"
"Ding Dong Merrily on High" is a Christmas carol composed by George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934). Woodward was interested in the ringing of church bells, which no doubt inspired him to write the carol.
© 2011 Chin chin
Chin chin (author) from Philippines on December 18, 2011:
Homesteadbound, thank you. This Christmas bell is easy enough for a 7 year old to do though I did give my daughter a hand in finishing this project.
Cindy Murdoch from Texas on December 17, 2011:
Your bell pictured was gorgeous. It looks like a really easy and fun project. It looks like a good one to do with kids!
Chin chin (author) from Philippines on December 13, 2011:
Thanks mathira, samsons1 and Denise Handlon for your comments.
Denise, this is the last hub for this hubchallenge participation though I did not reach 30. I would try to join again soon.
Denise Handlon from North Carolina on December 13, 2011:
Beautiful hub. I love bells. I've always loved them and used to collect them when I was younger. Congratulations on your hubchallenge participation.
Sam from Tennessee on December 12, 2011:
Voted up and useful. Very good and instructive hub. Makes one realize the season is upon us...
mathira from chennai on December 12, 2011:
Christmas is right here, the mood was festive Chin chin.