I recently saw an ad for a String Of Bells that cost over $40. Years ago I thrifted a few brass bells and never knew what to do with them. When I saw the ad, I knew I could recreate the same look with supplies I already had on hand. In this post I'm going to show you how to create your own string of bells. If you want to take it a step further, but don't know how to tie fancy knots like me, I'm also going to show you how to replicate the look using glue.
String Of Bells
For this DIY you will need jute or twine, at least four jingle bells and a pair of scissors. You can find inexpensive jingle bells at most craft stores during this time of year. Spray paint and other aging techniques can help you create the look you're going for.
The first thing you'll need to do is cut your string. The string I had was a little thin, so I doubled up and cut four pieces of string. If you have thick string you will only need to cut two pieces. They should be varying lengths. Since you're going to fold the string in half to create a loop at the top you should have one piece of string per bell.
To determine the size loop you'll need, wrap the string around a bannister or doorknob. This will give you an idea of the size you'll need so that you'll be able to hang your string of bells.
You will use a basic knot to secure the loop. At this point, if you're using thick string, you will have your four strings and can continue to the next step. If you're string is thin like mine, you should have eight strings. You will take two strings at a time and twist them together to create one thick string.
You can start with the shortest length first. Once you string is twisted to your desired length you will use a basic double knot to attach the first bell. You will then repeat the twisting step for the second bell.
You will want the second bell to be slightly lower than the first bell. Use the same twisting and double knot technique as the first bell.
Once the second bell is attached you can continue to the third and fourth bell. Make sure the next bell is slightly lower than the previous. There should be no leftover string once all the bells are secured.
If you are satisfied with the look of the double knot, you can trim the extra string and your project will be complete. I wanted to elevate the look a bit by created a faux bend knot. To do this you will stack your string and apply a small amount of hot glue to secure it over the double knot.
It should look similar to this. You will continue to wrap the string around the knot and applying small amounts of hot glue to secure it.
You can go as tall or short as you'd like. I wrapped my string around twice to create this look. Once you're string is adhered and the glue is dry you can trim the excess.
It should look similar to this when you are done. Repeat these steps for each jingle bell. After this your string of bells is complete.
You can hang your bells on hooks, garland, bannisters or doorknobs. This DIY was a fun and easy dupe to a rather expensive item.