The Bells Still Ring For Me

One of my favourite movie lines of all time from The Polar Express, about a little boy given a tiny bell from Santa Claus to reawaken his faith in the magic of Christmas. Not that  I have ever needed any help in that department, but I especially love the joy that comes from hearing the first jingles as I unpack the decorations wrapped in tissue paper and hold them to my ear.

We are spending a little time with family this weekend celebrating good news and cheer. Ari and I decided to get the festivities started early with some one on one quality crafting time.

Another idea I got from the Martha Stewart website, this is definitely a kid friendly project. You will probably have most of the supplies hanging around, egg cartons, paints, ribbon and glitter. I purchased some tiny bells from Spotlight for $2 and we got started.

Start by painting your egg cartons. As you can see we only did the outside layer. In future I would do inside as well as out. When dry, brush on craft glue thinned with a little water. Proceed to sprinkle obscene amounts of glitter all over the surface.

I sprayed a layer of clear gloss varnish that I had left over from another project, which helps to keep the glitter in place. Totally optional. You could even brush on another layer of craft glue if you wanted.

Once completely dry, cut up the egg carton into sections and punch through the top with sharp scissors, sober adults recommended for this bit.

Thread ribbon through the hole and tie on a twinkling bell. Cut your ribbon at a generous length and cluster it with a group of sparkling creations. Hang them from a much used doorway to sound their lovely song all day long.

 

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  1. Rach

     /  November 21, 2012

    Another LOVE!

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  2. Lady Moss

     /  November 21, 2012

    You should enlist the boys they would love doing this with you! X

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