Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Tree Bell

I love bells and wind chimes, any time that I can either make one or get a new one, I will do it. ;) Today, my daughter and I made this in less than 15 minutes. Using a hot glue gun makes this project go together really quickly- just be careful with little ones, so they don't burn their fingers with the buttons and hot glue. You can use a thicker craft glue also for younger crafters. :)

1 2-1/2" terra cotta pot (the taller one)
1 3/4" wooden bead
12" silver twine
15 buttons of varying size and color
Green acrylic paint

Tools: (not pictured)
1 paint brush
paint plate
hot glue gun

Step 1: Paint terra cotta pot green. Let dry completely.

Step 2: While paint is drying, fold silver twine in half. Knot end near loose ends, so you will have a loop.

Step 3: Thread wooden bead on to silver twine.

Step 4: Make another larger knot on silver twine. Set aside.
Note: The length can vary; she made hers about 1-1/2" above the wooden bead.

Step 5: Glue buttons on to your "tree" in any fashion you like. (She did the buttons: large first, then medium and finally small.)
Note: If using a hot glue gun for this step, be careful because the glue will come through the buttonholes.

Step 6: Thread silver twine/wooden bead piece from Step 4 through the bottom of tree to the top where the drainage hole is at. Pull through completely. (It will stop from the second knot you made.) Refer to pictures for clarification.

That's it!

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