It’s that time of year – we bring out our Holiday storage bins and begin to Deck the Halls of our homes and offices with beautiful wreaths, garlands, trees and much more. I am so excited to share a Home Decor Craft as part of the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop. I’m no stranger to this hop – a couple of years ago I designed a really cool Crafter’s Desk Caddy, check it out here: DIY Crafter’s Desk Caddy with Upcycled Tea Tins.
This Blog Hop is such an exciting collaboration – put together by my fabulous friend Jennifer Priest. If you don’t follow her, you sure do need to – check on her Facebook Page: Jennifer Priest – Smart Creative Social. Jennifer has gathered the best of the best in the blogging community for a variety of holiday crafting ideas – and there are GIVEAWAY PRIZES too! The giveaway is for 11 prizes of $50+ value each. We will be choosing 11 winners – each will receive one prize. The lucky winners will be randomly drawn from all contest entries on November 14, 2016.
Today, I’m showing you how to make a DIY Jingle Bells Wall Hanging using supplies that you likely have in your craft room! Let’s get started, here is the supplies list:
DIY Jingle Bells Wall Hanging
Craft Supplies List
- Canvas placemat (I got mine at Target – just $3)
- Two 15 inch Wood dowels
- Wired ribbon
- Pom trim from Expo International
- Red Classic Felt from Kunin Felt Group
- Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
- Jingle bells (I got mine at Dollar Tree – go now for the best selection!)
- Scissors (I used Westcott for all my cuts on the felt and trims!)
- Adhesive Tape Runner
- Washi Tape (any color)
- Optional: Die cutting machine – I used a Cricut Expression, the cartridge is Jasmine Font. This project can easily be done without a die cutting machine!
PRE-PLANNING: I think the best advice I can give you is to pre-plan some of the shopping you may need to do. You may need to buy a wooden dowel (at the hardware store) and then cut it down. I got help from my sweet neighbor who cut it with a light saw – no power tools required. Also, you may need to find a canvas placemat, or buy a piece of canvas to cut down. The size of my placemat is 18 inches by 14 inches.Step 1. Once you have all your supplies – I like to begin with the hardest part – this is cutting the felt letters. You can use a 3-4 inch stencil or alphabet stickers to help cut the letters or you can also free hand! Once I had my paper letters, I put tape runner adhesive on the FRONT of the paper and placed them on the felt (they will read backwards, see photo above – top right). I did this to make sure I had enough felt. Also, when you peel the adhered’s paper off you are not going to harm or mess up the front part of the felt letter. The good thing is FELT is easy to manipulate – that is why you can do this project free hand too. You don’t have to use “Jingle” either – it could be “Merry”, “Deck the Halls”, “Joy” – there are a lot of fun possibilities for every season!
Step 2. Next, you take your letters, ribbon, trim and bells and begin to set them up. Take your time and make sure that you like the way they look – once you begin to hot glue, you don’t have the liberty to make a lot of changes to your project. I used washi tape to help provide a guide for the line up of the JINGLE letters.
Step 3. Now, you can get to your hot glue. Here is the order I would recommend for hot gluing:
- Wood dowels to top and bottom of BACKSIDE of placemat, leave room towards the TOP to incorporate a hanging string. For the TOP dowel – be sure to have a string tied onto the dowel before you hot glue it to the placement. I used a burlap twine for my wall hanging.
- Wired Ribbon.
- Pom trim.
- Jingle bells. The bells I used were on gold strings that I tied. I glued the knotted portion in between the pom trim and the wired ribbon with a small dab of hot glue and an pushed the knot in with the tip of my small (and awesome!) Westcott Scissors. For my CENTER bell, I added a small embellishment with a faux holly and berries, I think it looks really dainty and happy with this addition.
- Felt letters. You can then use your ruler once again to make sure that they are centered in from top to bottom and left to right.
Step 4. Once you have all of your hot gluing done – you are done! Hooray, go grab some eggnog and pecan pie, you deserve it.I love being a part of this blog hop for so many reasons – mainly because I want to inspire others AND because it’s a honor to be selected. I hope you enjoyed my DIY Jingle Bells Wall Hanging and will return to my blog very soon.
Happy Holiday Crafting!