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12 Days of Christmas DIY Giveaway Day 12: Jingle Bell Lights!

2012 December 12

***UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Misty! Thanks for entering everyone. Be sure you enter all the other giveaways that are live while you still can!***

Whew! We made it! Did you break out in a sweat from all of this DIY-a-palooza? I saw something cute the other day that said “I’m so crafty I sweat glitter” to funny but way too messy! Thank goodness it’s not true. It’s been a fun 12 days and I’m just super glad that I had all of you to share it with. I haven’t even had time to share all the other stuff I’ve been up to, like out advent calendar, the kids’ felt tree, all the other kid crafts (shocking I know, I crafted with my kids again) we’ve been doing lately. Maybe I’ll share them in a couple days when I wake up from my much needed sleep-cation!

But before I enter the land of catch up slumber let me show you Day 12′s “Holicraft”. I bring you Jingle Bells lights!

On a side note, only after coming up with the idea and completely finished this project did I find that Pottery Barn is selling a similar product this Christmas season. Great minds think alike. Only my mind can’t wrap itself around the price tag they’re charging for a string of just 10 lights! Check it out here. Well I like my price tag better, $3-5 depending on how many lights you want or how long a strand of light you’re using. Odds are you have a strand of lights somewhere but even if not, a cheap short strand can be picked up at any big box retailer like Target or Walmart for a small amount so for the purposes of this craft, I’m not including a strand of lights in my price breakdown.

So let’s get started. Don’t forget you could win this by entering the giveaway at the end of the post.

Step 1: Get your hands on these 3 simple supplies.

The thing about the Dollar store lights are that 1) They’re cheap 2) They are pliable and easy to manipulate. Did I mention that they’re cheap? A 9 count bag of them will only put you out $1 + tax! I mean seriously that’s super awesome!

Step 2: With the pliers, grab the curved hook area on the top of the bell. Twist, as if to flip it over and simultaneously twist it like turning a key.

The thin metal should snap off and look like this.

Step 3: With your pliers clamped shut, insert them into the hole and twist around to enlarge the opening enough for a light to fit inside.

Step 4: Carefully slide a light bulb from your string of lights inside the bell until you get a secure and tight fit

Repeat until all the bells are used. Half way done here. For my purposes, I chose to  add a bell to every other light because of how this strand was twisted. Do this. Or not. It’s totally in your power.

With the lights on. Aren’t they pretty and so fun!

I love the details that the punch outs in the bells gives when the light shines through.

Simple enough don’t you think.

Now for a disclaimer. Since this is a new creation, I don’t know the effects of the heat from the lights will have on the bells. If you have LED lights this should not pose a problem at all but for the other traditional type of string lights it’s probably a good idea to keep an eye on it and limit it’s “on” time.

Also, if you want to be just like Pottery Barn, you can add a small section of red ribbon tied into a bow around the connection point between the lights and bell. I like them just like this and I hope you will too.
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Michelle

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. lena permalink
    December 12, 2012

    I would love an idea for a diy advent calendar!

  2. Caimbrin permalink
    December 12, 2012

    Jingle bell rock!

  3. Falon permalink
    December 12, 2012

    Advent calendar sounds like a look idea

  4. Misty permalink
    December 13, 2012

    LOVE THESE! Pottery barn has nothing on you.

  5. Misty permalink
    December 13, 2012

    I would like if you could recreate this at a lower price : )
    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-games/23972391.jsp

    • Michelle permalink*
      December 13, 2012

      If I knew how to recreate this rickshaw, it’d be in your living room right now Misty!

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