Tuesday, 22 November 2011

How Tuesday Kids Craft: Christmas Bells

We're starting to get into the Christmas spirit this week.  It's difficult for us to think about the holidays when both mine and Logan's birthday are coming up before Christmas still.

But we tried our best to get started on all the fun holiday crafts with these bells.

 

They are super easy to make and a great thing to try with kids :D

 

Supplies Needed:
Plastic Cups
Jingly Bells
Pipe Cleaner
Stuff to Decorate the cups - paper, paint, stickers, markers, glitter, whatever you like!
String, lace or ribbon to hang the bells up in your house

Time Needed:
I did the preliminary work of making the actual bells while Logan was at school.  It took me about 20 minutes to make 5 bells.  The decorating can take as long or as short as you like.

Skill Needed:
Super easy. Can be done with children.  As long as you do the tiny amount of cutting at the beginning.
 


Step One:
Cut two tiny holes in the bottom of a plastic cup.

  

Step Two:
Insert pipe cleaner through the two holes and connect some jingly bells.

This is what it should look like from the top of the bell:

 

Step Three:
Make as many bells as you like.  I made five.

 

Step Four:
If you'd like you can glue a band of paper around the bells so there is something for the kids to paint or draw on with markers.


Step Five:
Decorate in any fashion you like!



The kids used the Tadoodles.  You can see my bell in the centre of the photo.  It says "mommy" on it.



We then decorated with winter themed stickers.



Lane decorated hers with lots of colourful paint dots.

 

Logan's were the most intricate with stickers, his named in paint and then a bunch of swirls and dots.


Step Six: 

Hang 'em up!


I used some stretchy lace string to hang ours up in front of the window.  I left some of the string hanging down so that the kids could reach and "ring" the bells whenever they wanted.


It's kind of rough to photograph the bells in front of the window, so I hung them on the chairs so that you could get a better look at the kids' masterpieces.





There should be plenty more kids Christmas crafts coming up on the blog in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

Are you planning any special Christmas Crafts?  Do you plan on doing them with the kids, or waiting until they are asleep before busting out the hot glue gun?

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