Friday, December 2, 2011

Jingle Bell Tutorial!

Before I start my tutorial, I just want to remind you that there are 3 days left to vote over at The Blog Guide Book! And actually, I am about 10 votes behind 1st place.......so if you don't mind popping over there, I would REALLY appreciate it! : )

I have had many requests for a jingle bell tutorial. It has sort of become my new obsession lately. (Like I needed another obsession!) ; ) I picked up a couple of packages of these babies, in two different sizes. I got them from Hobby Lobby for a pretty reasonable price.
When I took this picture, I thought I had wanted 3 different colors of jingle bells but ended up changing my mind and actually made 4 different colors. But in any event, you need to separate them onto different paper plates. I found this worked better than newspaper, as newspaper tends to stick.

I used Krylon spray paint in four different colors. I loved this minty green color!

See? Newspaper? This is how I know not to use it! (I was peeling off the red sales add for quite a while!) ; )

This part takes a bit of patience. You spray the color lightly, let it dry, shake your paper plate, and spray again. It will take a few times to get an even coverage over the entire jingle bell.


Once all of your bells are covered, and you are satisfied with them, bring them indoors to give them a sugary coating. This part is a bit messy! I used glossy accents to coat each bell and then roll it in glitter. A spray adhesive would work too. The only problem I found with the spray, is it has a tendency to move your jingle bell around the plate too much. So I had to keep my distance a bit.


....Place them in a bowl full of glitter and roll those babies around!

It is a bit messy, but the results are worth it! And honestly, I will probably have jingle bells till I'm 80! : ) Oh! And see those brown textured bells? That was sprayed with Suede spray paint! I love the cool look of it!

Here is a Christmas card using my lil' bells. The chipboard house is from Maya Road and I covered it using the Helmar Crackle medium. It is such a cool effect! I added a bit of texture paste for snow and sprinkled it with glitter. The sweet image in the doorway is from Crafty Secret's Creative Scraps. I even added tiny curtains to the windows!

I also added some tulle, twine, rhinstones for smoke from the chimney, and a Melissa Frances flourish. And of course, those sugary jingle bells! ; )

The family and I are headed downtown tomorrow to see the Christmas lights, ice skate, and have lunch. I know the days of my 14 year old wanting to spend time doing this with us may be coming to an end. So I will take advantage of it while I can!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!!

39 comments:

Broni said...

Great tutorial, Michele! And I really love your card!!

jen del muro said...

I would have never thought to spray paint them! **smacks forehead** Thanks! Off to pin this, too! Hugs-Jen

Debby said...

Man, I wish they would let us vote more than once........good luck.

Beate said...

Wow! Michele, you have the best projects. Your Jingle bells look gorgeous! Your card is amazing! The house, the curtains, the tulle with bells. Beautiful!
Have a great weekend!

Denise G said...

Loved the tutorial. I have been thinking of doing this for a long time, but was a little scared to try it. Now, I have to make these! What color did you use for the brown. I can't decide what one to use. Thanks!

Houses Built of Cards said...

What a WONDERFUL tutorial!!! Thanks for all the tips - will definately be trying this one!!!

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Margie H said...

OK...just getting over those mini bags, you had to come up with these jingle bells!!! LOL!!!!! Wonderful tut as always - just as wonderful is the end product = WOW!!

Have a great time tomorrow - bundle up! I asked my Yahoo group to vote so hopefully you'll get a solid lead ;0)

Anita Kehn said...

Thanks a bunch for this tutorial. I have 80 jingle bells to do something with so will give this a whirl. Hope you win the contest. I voted for you of course. I absolutely love your blog and all your ideas.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

beautiful!

Riet said...

So gorgeous Michele.

Hugs Riet.xx

Kathryn B said...

Thanks for the tutorial I've bought some bells in silver and now I can make any color ~sigh! I never thought to try this-thunk-!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Patti J said...

I just voted, Michele - looks like you are ahead!!! Wahoo :)

Angela said...

Great tutorial, Michele. I just picked up a whole bag of these out of the floor last night that the kids had gotten into. Now I know what I can do with them. Thank you..
Oh I just voted and you are way ahead in the lead!!Yay!! Good luck!!
Hugs:)
Angela

Angela said...

Oh I forgot to mention how beautiful your card is!!!
Hugs:)
Angela

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

I love these,so glad you shared-I see bells in my future

Carolyn/MamaC said...

Thank you for the tutorial on covering the bells! I love the glistening look! Another beautiful, creative card! Thank you for sharing your talent!
Carolyn
http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com

Marcia said...

Absolutely gorgeous. This puts my simple handmade cards to shame. I love it!!

jaymack said...

OK voted and I can't wait to start making jingle bells. Hubs has been trying to toss out my cans of spray paint. I wonder if they are still in the garage!

Shantaie said...

Great tutorial Michele, and I LOVE your bells! Thanks for sending me some they are gorgeous!!!

Kelly L said...

Oh my, this is beautiful Michele. Thanks for the tutorial! :) Kelly

Alessandra Loiacono said...

So cool!!!! Thank you SO much for the tutorial, it's awesome! And your card is gorgeous as usual!
You are in the lead, I hope you win!! :)

Hrvatica said...

Gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial.

Betty Sue said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. Your card is fabulous!

Erin Smetak said...

Oh wow! I love your bells! They are so pretty! Thank you for making the time to create this tutorial!
And your frame is gorgeous!!!

Cynthia said...

Gorgeous creation as always, Michele! Lovely inexpensive embellishment idea as well. Thanks!

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Thanks for the FABulous tutorial!
I voted & it looks like you're winning! YAY!
Happy Huggies ~
Sharron♥

Linda S. said...

Another beautiful card, and thanks so much for the tut. on spraying the jingle bells. I always appreciate others teaching me what they have already learned to avoid when doing a project. I just voted for you, and it looks like you are in the lead. Good Luck, you deserve this honor. Linda S. in NE

ChatterScene.com said...

TY for the tutorial! I am so gonna try this!
Beautiful card:)

Stempeltiger said...

Your card is awesome Michele!
The Jingle bells are gorgeous. Many thanks for the great tutorial and the inspiration.
Wishing you a nice sunday.
Hugs, Swantje

Mommy said...

Wonderful tutorial Michele...now I just need the jingle bells and paint...I of course have tons of glitter. :)

NanaBeth said...

You're ahead now-Yeah!Love the tutorial;now to find where I stashed my bells.

Maria said...

Another gorgeous Michele creation!

Diane Hodrick said...

Thanks for the tutorial...I have tons of these bells too...just love the jingle...Your card is just gorgeous.

Scrappy Rat said...

Holy frijoles, that's brilliant!I've got to try glittering some. Even without painting them, I bet they'd look super cool. Thanks for the idea!

Gail Klingele said...

I wish I had seen your tutorial before today as I made 30 cards with bells and had to use the gold and silver ones when I could have used any color :( Oh well, there is always next year. Thanks for the tutorial.

Mimi H. said...

thanks for sharing this tutorial. I "Pinned" it ;)

Anonymous said...

You can also string your bells on wire and hang them to spray paint. Beats rolling and peeling paper!! They dry nicely too!!

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