Simple Holiday Bell Garland

Monday, November 22, 2010


First, let me say that daylight savings time is working against me. I've been trying to take my pictures right after work when there is still a smidgen of natural light left.... but there never is!!! It's been dark and foggy all week. Annnnnnd, the quality of the following pictures sucks with a capital S as a result. Sorry 'bout that.

As you know, I've been trying to find/make simple holiday decorations this year in shades of white, cream, brown, and green.

I thought I could make some simple garland by spray-painting some bells white and braiding them together with some twine.

First, I bought a pack of bells at Michaels with a 40% off coupon.


Then I took them outside and spray-painted them with matte white paint. In hindsight, I would have used primer first. Good to know for next time.


Once they were dry I dug out some twine.


I cut three long equal strips of twine and attached them to the edge of my dining room table with some tape.


I braided the twine in 3" sections. After every 3" I attached a bell. I alternated back and forth between adding a bell on the right strand of twine and then on the left strand of twine.


I kept going until I ran out of bells. I think there were 19 in the package that I bought.


First I hung them up over the doorway in the dining room.



Then I strung them along the front of our cabinet in the dining room. It would probably look really cute along a mantel (if only I had one).



And that's that.




Alright, I'm off to watch another episode of a dorky girly show that I'm not admitting I watch. :)


Linking to:
Make It For Monday @ Cottage Instincts, Holiday Decorating and Project Ideas @ Whisperwood Cottage, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm, Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, White Wednesday @ Faded Charm, Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking, Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest, Christmas Craft Link Party @ Centsational Girl

43 comments:

  1. Very cute idea! Thanks for the primer tip!

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  2. This is adorable! I love the natural element of the twine and the white bells remind me of snow.
    I've started editing my photos in picnic (it's free). You can lighten them up. It makes a huge difference.

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  3. O soo sweet as usual! LOVE it! I love twine and burlap textures! Jingle bells are sweet!

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  4. I love the look of the bells on the jute twine -it is so endearing

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  5. That is so cute! Love the combination! Who thought of Daylight savings time anyway!?! :)

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  6. Super *cute* Sarah...I love it!

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  7. I love this idea. So simple...so cute...so cool.

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  8. What a great idea! I love your chippy cabinet, too.

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  9. What a great idea!! Love this, so simple and natural, perfect for the season. Now spill the beans - what's the show? I'm a dork too:)

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  10. sarah, i adore this idea!!!! it is so stinkin' cute! thanks for sharing!

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  11. Hello Sarah,
    perfect!! I like too much you decoration. I want make them too. And I know you problems with the light and dark photos:))I have this problems every day, but I think this photos are perfect. Have a nice day Vlaďka

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  12. I agree with Cassie. So stinkin' cute! Thanks for sharing the tute!

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. What a neat garland, I've been looking for some for over my kitchen sink, this looks like a winner!

    Rondell

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  14. What a great idea! I love it. Now where can I find all of those great little bells?

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  15. I love it! So simple and so perfect on your cabinet! Great idea!!

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  16. Very pretty Sarah!!! Love it on your hutch! Hope your enjoying your show!
    *cough Vampire Diaries cough cough** --elbow nudge and a wink-- hehehe NOT LIKE I WATCH THAT SHOW.... :S BAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

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  17. Well done on making a cute, simple, and pretty bell garland. I'm loving twine this year and am always looking for things to make using it.

    There was a mix of dressiness (is that a word?) at the bloggers meetup. You really need to come to the next one so we can meet.

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  18. Love this - so cute and simple! I know what you mean about the time change - I've had to rearrange my schedule so that I work on projects one day and photograph the following morning now just to get some light. :)

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  19. Great idea and execution. Thanks for sharing, I may use this one. Terry

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  20. I love this so cute~ thanks for linking up~
    XO
    Kristin

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  21. What a Cute and simple christmas touch - love it!

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  22. I love this idea!! I always see those packs of bells and think I want to buy them then remember I wouldn't *really* have anything to do with them. So I leave them on the shelf. Not this year!! :)

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  23. That is a wonderful idea it looks great with the chippy white paint on the furniture.

    Rebecca

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  24. Ooooh how I love a good jingle bell. Way to get creative and make them suit your fancy.

    Love your blog. Still think it would be fun to be neighbors! I awarded you on my blog today!

    Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving,
    Holly
    http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com/2010/11/and-stylish-blogger-award-goes-to.html

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  25. Very cute. I love the braided part of the project! Jingle bells are also good in keeping pets or kiddos away (or at least alert you!) from decorations! I've use some on my tree for years but I really like this garland idea.

    Chris

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  26. sarah! I so love your blog and therefore have passed on the stylish blogger award to you!
    XOXO

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  27. This is darling! Can't wait to try this idea!

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  28. What a clever idea! Thanks for the inspiration! I want to do it!

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  29. Adorable...next on my to craft list

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  30. Love the bells, love the blog. So happy I came across it, I'm a new follower!

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  31. I love this! I saw these bells at Michaels recently too, now I'll have to go back and get some!

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  32. Oooh, I love this! Has a rustic yet classic feel at the same time. I'd totally hang one 'round my parts!

    Cheers from the Centsational Girl Link-up!
    ~heidi

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  33. This is a great idea - you have some really creative, low-cost ideas on your site!

    I just started my own blog and have been having the same problem taking pictures when I get home from work - it's completely dark out!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  34. I love simple. And I just love this idea. Simply beautiful!

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  35. This is a great idea - you have some really creative, low-cost ideas on your site!

    I just started my own blog and have been having the same problem taking pictures when I get home from work - it's completely dark out!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Super *cute* Sarah...I love it!

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  37. I love the look of the bells on the jute twine -it is so endearing

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  38. Very cute idea! Thanks for the primer tip!

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  39. this is such a lovely idea for decorating
    and enjoying the bell in the living room.
    thanks for the idea.

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  40. What size are the bells you used? When you spray painted I am guess you did one side, waited till dry, flipped them over and did the other side? I am thinking round objects are difficult to spray without rolling all over.

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    1. Hi Kirstin!

      They are large bells. I think I bought a few packs of 10. Yes, I spray painted one side, waited for them to dry, and then flipped them over to paint the other side.

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  41. How do you keep the bells in place? I mean how do not just run into each other??

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