8 Simple Steps on How to Make Giant Jingle Bells

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Are you looking for an amazing holiday decoration but don't want to break the bank? These giant jingle bells will give your holiday décor a nostalgic touch! Plus they are extremely easy to make!

Check out these easy steps on how to make DIY oversized Christmas decorations!

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You can also check out the video tutorial for more information.

Mixing bowls

1. Gather your materials for your giant jingle bells

To start this DIY jingle bell craft I picked up six mixing bowls from the Dollar Tree.  

Black sharpie paint pen and silver mixing bowls

I also bought a black sharpie paint pen, rope, burlap and some festive embellishments.

Drawing an X on the top of a mixing bowl with a sharpie paint pen

2. Draw on the bottom of the bowl

I used the sharpie paint pen to draw an X across the bottom of a bowl. You want to make the X quite thick and then color it in.  

Giant jingle bell decoration

Once I had the X started on the bottom of the bowl, I took the lines part way down the sides and added a circle at the end of each.  Now, the bottom of the bowl has a very distinct sleigh bell look.

Repeat this process on two more bowls.

Adding hot glue to the rim of a mixing bowl

3. Glue the bowls together

Now that the bottoms of my stainless steel bowls are finished with the black paint lines, I want to close them up and create a circular shape by attaching them each to another bowl. To do that, I just added hot glue to the rims of each and stuck them together.

DIY jingle bell ornaments

4. Add rope

Next, I took some jute rope and measured out three pieces to attach to the tops of my DIY jingle bell craft. I made sure to have enough to overlap them a bit.  

Hot gluing rope to the top of the giant jingle bells

I then hot glued the jute rope to the top of each sleigh bell.  

Attaching festive embellishments to the giant sleigh bells

5. Add embellishments

With the rope attached, I wanted to add some embellishments to my DIY jingle bell ornament. I found all these festive decorations at the Dollar Tree. I used hot glue to add the pieces to the tops and made sure there was some at the front and back of the bells to hide the glue.  


Make your own jingle bells

6. Attach rope for hanging your sleigh bells

Next, I added lengths of the same jute twine so that I could hang the giant jingle bell decoration.

I recommend that you measure how long you want the cord to be according to where you plan on hanging the sleigh bells. Make sure to include enough to overlap the rope at the top.

I wanted two of my bells to be a little shorter so I took that into consideration when adding the rope.  

Reinforcing the ends of the rope closure with black electrical tape

With the rope cut, I slipped it through the first jute loop on the top of the bell and hot glued the ends together. I also reinforced my rope joints with black electrical tape.  

Attaching the three sleigh bells with burlap

7. Attach the giant jingle bells together

I attached my 3 sleigh bells together by wrapping them at the top with burlap ribbon. Be sure to give yourself a little bit of extra length so that you can easily tie the decoration to wherever you choose to display it.

Adding a bow to finish off the DIY jingle bell craft

8. Add a bow

For a finishing touch, I took a cute little bow that I also got from Dollar Tree and stuck it to the burlap ribbon. 

More DIY sleigh bells

For another Christmas decor idea, check out this fun giant jingle bells video tutorial.

Jingle bells hanging from a mailbox

Make your own sleigh bells tutorial

I decided to hang my sleigh bells from my mailbox. They are so cute and add such a festive touch.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make DIY Christmas bells. It was really inexpensive and easy to make; perfect for the holidays. 

Let me know what you think of this fun project!

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  • Debi Debi on Oct 01, 2022

    Does the marker hold up in weather or do you need a protective coating?

  • Brenda Brenda on Oct 18, 2023

    Hi great idea, Just wondering why you didn’t mark the top of the bells to look match the bottom.. I realize you can do this, and it’s just a matter of taste, they are a Lovely idea.. Thank you

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