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Frame & Bell Wreath

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As usual, I found all the craft ideas for the 2013 Christmas Craft Party on Pinterest. This is a craft I really wanted to do but wasn’t able to finalize until 2 days before the party.

The problem was finding reasonably priced frames. Even with 50% off at Hobby Lobby and Micheal’s, the best I could find was around $19, and that was just for the frame. I’d still need to add in the cost for the bells, ribbon, and twine.

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I was about to give up when I decided to give Micheal’s one more look-see. I found the clearance aisle and lo and behold, I found 10 perfect frames!  They were exactly what I had in mind and they were marked down to only $8.00. I bought all the red, white, and black ones off the shelves.

Then, I went to get the bells and found that they were on sale for 50% off.

Now that’s what I call a successful shopping excursion!

Find the easy instructions below and then be sure to read to the end and hear (and see) my pitiful and sad bow story – that has a happy ending.

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Frame & Bell Wreath

1 picture frame
6 bells (1 large, 3 medium, 2 small)
Staple gun
Ribbon (preferably, wired ribbon)
Glue gun and glue sticks

string bells

String each bell on twine of various lengths.

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For the smallest bells, I found it easiest to pull apart the 3-ply twine and use just 1 ply. As a bonus – the “curliness” of the unwound twine adds interest.

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Once all the bells are strung – hold up altogether to see if you are happy with the look of the various lengths, and adjust as needed.

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Use a staple gun to attach to the backside of your frame.

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It will take several staples to get them all attached and secure and it’s not going to look pretty, but that doesn’t matter, it will not be seen.

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Use the ribbon to make a bow and use a glue gun to adhere the bow to the top of the frame.

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Now you have a beautiful “wreath” to hang or lean.

Well…. beautiful if you know how to make a nice-looking bow. I do not!  As is so painfully illustrated by my attempt to make one for my wreath.

bad bow

Yes, this is what my original bow looked like. This is the sample craft I put out for all to see. Then I asked one of the crafty ladies to make me a new bow. I knew there had to be at least one bow expert in our midst.

Well, it turns out the expert was 12-year-old, Olivia. Olivia is my neighbor and attended for the first time with her mom, Lisa. Lisa is a craft class veteran and has attended all four of the classes I’ve held.


The difference is both scary and amazingly wonderful!


Here is beautiful Olivia with her own beautiful Frame & Bell Wreath.

Love it! Thank you, Olivia and Lisa! You two, rock! xoxo

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1 Marissa { 12.10.13 at 8:49 AM }

HAHA This is why I can’t tie a bow. No one to teach me how 🙁

2 Shelley { 12.10.13 at 8:55 AM }

This is a lovely holiday craft idea!

3 Linda Hopkins { 12.10.13 at 9:07 AM }

Marissa, I can arrange for you to have a lesson with Olivia when you come home for Christmas if you so desire. Let me know and I’ll see if she has some free time and can squeeze you in. 🙂

4 Kelly { 12.10.13 at 10:26 AM }

Yay! Olivia!

5 Betsy { 12.10.13 at 10:31 AM }

love this ! not a bow maker either !!

6 Lisa { 12.10.13 at 11:40 AM }

Olivia is loving all the love:) Marissa–stop on over!

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