I am so excited about the holidays this year! I’ve been menu planning and making all sorts of cutesy crafts in my signature bright patterns and old school touch. Had I not gone to art and then business school, I’m pretty sure there would be a kindergarten class with my name on the door. Drop the trendy-tiny-lights-in-a-vase idea, and let’s get super crafty with one of my favorite paper and fabric DIYs.
These Hanging Danish Bells are the perfect combination of quick and cute, especially when you pick out some of your favorite fabric to add to the project! And you won’t believe how easy it is to make a lot of them for a full-on installation effect for any occasion, really — just adjust your fabric and color choices and you’re good to go.
I’m a big fan of peppermint and candy canes, so I went a little wild with my modern take on the stripe motif with bright red chevron fabric, offset with a classic red cotton. I tend to keep my holiday vignettes monochrome, with a little red here and a little green there. Tomorrow’s holiday DIY will feature polka-dots and green and a giveaway, so check back in tomorrow at 11 am.
Let’s get started! Click through for the full instructions! –Caitlin
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- Lightweight Poster Board
- Glue Gun
- All-Purpose Glue
- Ribbon, String, Yarn
- A Round Object to Trace (I used a small side dish bowl for my small bells and a large pot lid for the large bells.)
Step 1: Trace the circle shape of your round object on the poster board.
Step 2: Cut your fabric square to fit over the entire poster board square. Flip the board over so that your traced circle is not covered by the fabric you glue onto the board. Cover the blank side with all-purpose glue and smooth with your finger or paint brush so that it covers the surface of the board evenly. Let dry.
Step 3: When the glue is dry and the fabric is fused with the board, cut out the circle you traced.
Step 4: Cut a wedge shape out of the fabric-covered board, making sure the point of the wedge is in the center of the circle. (If you want to be super precise, you can bend the circle in quarters and use a marker to mark the center of the circle.)
Step 5: Cut the length of string that your bells will hang on based on the height of your ceiling or hook that you will hang them from/on, and 2″ of string in between each bell. Take your length of string and tie a knot that your top bell will sit on. The knot will keep it in place. In the photo above, the knot is just underneath the center of the circle. Keep the string in that place and add glue from your glue gun down one edge of the circle’s cutout.
Step 6: Once your hot glue is placed, close the cutout by placing the side of the board with no glue on top of the hot glue side. Hold to secure for a few moments while the hot glue dries. You can see the knot that the bell sits on from the underside in the image above.
Step 7: Once the hot glue is dry, pull the string up so that the knot is at the top of the bell shape. You’ll see how your first bell will hang and rest on the knot.
Step 8: Measure approximately 2″ from your first bell’s knot and tie a second knot. This is the knot that your second bell will rest upon. Place the second bell on top of and around the knot, grab your glue gun and glue the second bell. Repeat this for your third bell.
Above and below, you see all three fabric bells resting on top of their knots from the underside and top side.
Step 9: Your Danish bells are ready to hang! You can trim off the excess string at the end of the bottom bell or leave a little length and attach something festive. I hot glued on some crinoline pom-poms I had in my craft box.