This Christmas Ornament Craft Includes How To Make A Dangling Paper Bell
I just love this Christmas ornament craft! It's so elegant and easy to make it will knock your socks off!
It gains its elegance by using a thick textured paper, both for the frame and the paper bead bell.
Supplies Needed For This Paper Art Christmas Ornament . . .
Note: Or . . . if you like to draw, learn how to make an unique ornament template that's one-of-a-kind, click here.
- Thick textured white specialty paper (most specialty papers work well)
- *Medium paper bead bell (video, or if you would like, a written tutorial)
- Small paper bead
*Making paper bead bells are super easy and impressive!
- Crop-a-Dile (optional)
Thread The Paper Bead Bell
- Place a dab of glue on the end of the cording.
- Squish the end of your cording into the hole of a small bead with a toothpick (A).
- Bring the cording (that's now attached to the small bead) through the paper bell until it won't pull through any longer (the small bead will stop it from pulling through).
- Place a dab of glue on the cording at the top of the bell (A).
- Pull the small bead up, or down, until it is hanging in a spot you are happy with (B).
Frame of Your Christmas Ornament
- Fold the specialty paper in half, inside out.
- Place ornament template on the fold, as shown,
- Draw around the template on the inside and outside lines.
- Cut out the ornament frame.
Make two cutouts for the frame.
- Glue cutouts together, back to back to create the frame.
- Place toothpicks in the top (illustrated above) to keep an opened section where you will thread the cording that the bell hangs from.
- Run a bead of glue along the edge of the frame.
- Place cording right on the edge, making sure it's pressed into the glue.
Note: Do not glue the cording where the toothpicks come through. This needs to stay open until the bell is secured in the top.
Tip: Place cording on the edge where the glue is. Wait a few seconds and then press it into the glue and edge of the frame again. The glue will be more tacky than at first, making the cording adhere better the second time around.
I used Elmer's Glue for this Christmas ornament craft. Since the paper is thick and textured, school glue won't wrinkle it.
Hanging The Bell Ornament
- Use a toothpick to push the cording into the top of the frame.
- Pull the cording through until the bell is hanging right where you want it.
- Dab glue into top where the cording goes through to secure.
- Finish gluing the rest of the cording around the frame, now that the bell is in place.
- Use a Crop-A-Dile to place an eyelet for a holder in the top (optional)
- Bring the cording through the eyelet and tie in a bow
I Love to use Cording in My Christmas Ornament Craft
However, I get disappointed when it doesn't curl. Here's a great way to curl cording.
- Twist cording around toothpicks.
- Brush on a mixture of water and glue. Use approx 1 part glue to 10 parts water (this doesn't need to be exact, just estimate).
- Place a weight (or use a tack) on the toothpicks to hold them while it's drying. This keeps the cording from unraveling before it's dry enough to hold a curl.
Tip: Use a board made for messes to do this on, as the glue will seep down onto the surface beneath.
Here's the completed White Paper Bell Ornament.
Doesn't the curled cording along with the paper bell look cute?
I just love this Christmas ornament craft! It's easy, elegant and the bell is just plain fun to make, and be proud of.
Check out how to make an Ornament Vellum Christmas Card. It has a removable ornament so family and friends can place it on their tree. They will think of you year after year!