On an impulse, I bought a box of jingle bells the other day. My daughter ripped into them immediately and started playing with them. She ran and got herself a pipe cleaner and made a jingly anklet. My little girl, was so thrilled about her new musical jewelry that she wanted to make more with our jingle bells and making bells seemed like an obvious, but fun choice. This is a great craft for the holidays. Make a Mr. & Mrs. Claus or some angels. Try a pack of Christmas carolers or just decorate your bells with paint, markers, tissue paper, stickers or gems.
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What you will need:
Directions for Santa:
Carefully cut a slit through the center of a Dixie Cup bottom. Small children should let an adult do this part. Paint the cup with red paint and let it dry. For best results, use two coats of paint. Wipe away any excess paint that seeps into the cup through the slit in the cup.
Cut a jumbo craft stick in half. Paint about 2/3’s of the stick in red paint and then set it aside to dry.
Paint in Santa’s hair and beard with white paint and use markers to draw in fine details on the face. Draw or paint in a belt.
Thread a piece of twine or string onto the jingle bell. Wrap it around the bottom of the painted craft stick letting it dangle just slightly below the stick and then wrap a piece of tape around it.
Be sure that your paint is fully dry before moving onto the next step. Slide the side of the craft stick with the head on it up through the bottom of the cup. Pull it up until it hits the tape. The bell should be dangling in the cup now and ready to ring. The tape did a great job of keeping our craft stick bell handle upright and solid, but you can choose to use a few drops of glue from a glue gun to hold it into place. Glue a ring of cotton around the bottom of your cup/bell.
Cut out a piece of construction paper for the hat and glue it onto the top of Santa’s head. Use a little bit of cotton to form a pom pom for the hat and to line the crown of the hat.
Next, we made glittery angel bells.
We used many of the same steps as above, but this time added in some glitter and yarn for hair. My daughter painted her angel blue and sprinkled glitter onto her cup and craft stick while they were still wet.
She made her angel with a winking eye, which I thought was very cute.
My daughter loved her angel bell and asked if we could make ornaments with the bells tomorrow. I’m thinking that I better buy more bells.
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