Okay, friend. Are you ready? Do I have the CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIP FOR YOU.
See these jingle bells? Aren’t they the cutest?
And the best part?
They came from the Dollar Store.
DOLLAR TREE. The place where everything is a dollar.
There are between 10-15 in a bag depending on the size and they come in two different sizes and different colors and THEY ARE ONLY A DOLLAR.
I wanted to tell you because we are friends and I know they are going fast at our stores. We had to go to two stores to get enough to make three trees. But why stop at trees where there are a zillion other jingle bell projects to be had.
You could make a monogrammed present topper like this.
Or a snowflake out of jingle bells like this (just replace the pinecones with jingle bells).
Or fill a glass vase with them and add Christmas flowers.
And on and on and Christmas project on.
But for today? Let me show you how I used them to make a Christmas DIY jingle bell tree.
Here are the jingle bell trees in all their glory.
You may have already seen them in my blue and white and gold Christmas tour here.
If you follow along with my Instagram stories, you know that I found similar trees like this earlier in the week at a local store. I was about to put them in my cart and then I turned the price tag over.
$94 dollars for a jingle bell tree?
I was born, but it wasn’t yesterday.
So I decided to go all necessity is the mother of invention and make my own. It is such a simple project and here’s how I made them.
Christmas diy jingle bell tree
white styrofoam cone (you can get these super inexpensively at Walmart)
1. paint your styrofoam cone
Here’s what the cone looks like before we started.
I used three of these cones in different sizes.
The challenge? They were white and the white would show through the jingle bells.
So we spray painted them.
They look like this.
Aren’t they cute just spray painted? The texture is so pretty.
2. glue your first row of bells
Here’s the best idea that I got from the jingle bell trees at the store.
You want to use two different sizes of bells.
You can find both sizes of bells at the dollar store.
Using your surface to hold the bells in place, start gluing a row of larger bells at the bottom like this. Keep going until you have completely circled the bottom of the styrofoam cone.
3. glue your next row of bells
Here’s the first and second row of larger bells glued to the styrofoam cone.
You have to adjust the bells slightly, because each row is smaller.
Keep gluing until you have about five or six rows.
4. add a row of smaller bells
After five or six rows of larger bells, you want to add a layer of smaller bells.
(total aside: see how the gold cone blends in with the bells now instead of the white?)
Keep adding rows of smaller bells until you get to the top.
5. Add a large bell as a tree topper
When you have added all the rows of bells, you will have a tiny hole at the top.
Simply glue one larger bell as a tree topper.
Here are the finished trees.
If I would have bought them in the store, they would have cost over $200.
Thanks to those Dollar Tree jingle bells? Each tree only cost between $8 and $10 to make.
Merry cost-effective Christmas to me. 🙂
PS If you are trying to get ready for Christmas, I have the best planning checklist to help you get ready here.