Christmas Bells From Dollar Store Plastic Bells

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I think these bells pass for "metal looking". I wanted an aged silver look and I'm happy with How they turned out!

I decided to use them in a swag on my door as opposed to a wreath but honestly you could use these bells in garland, wreaths, swags, etc.....

*Keep in mind that I did not have room to write out Christmas, so I wrote X-mas instead.*

This is what they originally looked like. They are larger than they appear. I'd say they are a bit bigger than a red solo cup. How about that gaudy gold?!! 😖

I spray painted them black first.

I then gave them a coat of matte silver paint.

After the silver dried, I took a dry paint brush and randomly stippled a light grey on them.

I dry brushed a little bit of black in a few spots.

I wanted more of an aged effect so I took a crumbled up paper towel and dabbed it in the light gray again and pressed it all round.

I threw together a door swag with left over faux greenery and ribbon. I also made the little sign out of scrap wood. I then attached my bells with floral wire. I'm loving this look on my front door!!

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  • Debbie Debbie on Nov 17, 2021

    Why was it necessary to paint them black first if you were going to dab black on them later and not use the technique where you sand off the silver to reveal the black?

  • Gigi Gigi on Nov 14, 2022

    love how they turned out! Just curious, why did you start with painting them black rather than straight to silver? Did it change the tone of the silver?

  • Rhonda Skeens Rhonda Skeens on Nov 29, 2022

    Why is Christ missing from Christmas !! He is the reason for the season !!

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  • Amberly Willow Bjd Amberly Willow Bjd on Nov 23, 2023

    They look great but being a perfectionist (not always a good thing) I kept noticing the seam lines and thought you could use some kind of filler in the seams and then sand them flat. Just a thought!

  • John John on Nov 23, 2023

    Xmas is acceptable for Christmas. Xmas was frequently used in the early Church as the ‘X’ was used to denote, honorably, the Cross of the Crucifixion.