As I’ve shared about my love for collecting Wallace Sleigh Bells, I’ve received several requests to share ways to use them to decorate for the holidays. Those questions sparked this post! Since I know not everyone collects those specific bells, I decided to create this post using a set of bells 16 bells I purchased for $10. You can find them HERE. They are a generous size, a traditional shape, and come in silver and gold. And, with 16 of them, there are a lot of options for decorating ideas and projects!
I was pressed for time, as I’m sure most of you are during this time of year, so I kept my ideas quick and easy. Each one took less than five minutes.
idea no. 1 | napkin rings
For this idea, I took some fine green yarn and wrapped it around linen napkins a few times and laced the bell on. I left the yarn loose enough to be able to tuck silverware and a sprig of rosemary in and to slide it off to use the napkin.
Simple and pretty!
idea no. 2 | lamp “tassels”
I had no idea what to call these, so let’s just call them “lamp tassels.” I threaded two bells on a large piece of chunky cotton yarn (probably about a yard long.) I tied the two ends of the yarn together to form a loop. I then pinched that loop in the middle, so one bell hung on each side and I tied it around the top of a lamp, finishing with a bow.
It just adds a little something festive and wintry…
idea no. 3 | a key tassel
Tie the bell on a velvet ribbon and there-you-go…a key tassel to hang from a key, knob, or door handle.
You could even hang a cluster of bells. It’s sort of nice to hear the jingle of bells as people come and go during the holidays.
idea no. 4 | add some shine to greenery
These bells are very “tuck-able” and are perfect for adding some shine and reflection to greenery. Tuck them into garlands or tie them into swags and wreaths.
idea no. 5 | place cards & gift tags
This is really two ideas in one, but I think the bells are perfect for tying a tag onto and using as a gift tag or place card for a table setting. I made a simple tag out of watercolor paper, punched a hole in the bottom corner, and then laced it onto a bell with a checked ribbon.
I added a few sprigs of rosemary, but you could tuck in some faux greens, a candy cane, etc. to add some color and texture.
idea no. 6 | fill a bowl or compote
The other ideas are easy, but this one is super easy. Just put the bells in a pretty bowl or compote, tuck in some greenery and pinecones and call it done. If you want to get fancier, you could add some battery-powered micro LED lights or some ribbons, but simple is okay, too.
I learned these bells also make great cat toys. The kitties have been batting them around my studio most of the week!
Anyway, I hope this gives you some quick & pretty, last-minute decorating ideas for the holidays!
And I’ve got some more Christmas inspiration to share with you as well as some people to introduce! One thing I have loved about Mustard Seed Mentoring is getting to know other bloggers and creative business owners. It’s become a very special and supportive community. Some of our members are just starting out, getting a blog or business launched, and some have been doing this for a long time and they are looking to grow, shift gears, or just get a fresh perspective on their business.
The Christmas decorating, baking, and craft ideas below are from just a few of our members and I’m so proud of them! They are all working hard to improve their photography and styling, to make engaging content, and to tell their stories. And they are all very talented! I hope you will visit their blogs, leave comments cheering them on, pin the projects and recipes you enjoy, and subscribe if you like their content.
This is a way you can support small businesses and the dreams of creative entrepreneurs without leaving your house or spending a dime…and you’ll find some inspiration along the way!
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