Make these Green and Gold Painted Bells and transform dollar store plastic bells into high-end holiday decor.
Follow this quick and easy tutorial to make high-end Christmas bells using just a few basic craft supplies.
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Dollar Tree Plastic Holiday Bells
The dollar store sells a variety of plastic bells each holiday season.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to transform simple gold plastic Dollar Tree bells into a stunning green and gold holiday bell trio. With a few basic materials and a touch of creativity, you can add a charming high-end touch to your holiday decor.
Watch this quick video to see how this craft came together:
- 3 Gold, plastic bells with poinsettia pattern (Dollar Store)
- Paint + primer spray paint (hunt club green)
- Antique gold rub and buff paint
- Quarter-inch green ribbon
- 1/2-inch wood bead
- Jute twine with gold thread (Michaels)
- 1/4-inch flat paint brush
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Watch the video tutorial before you begin. Let that be your visual guide for this craft.
- Prep the bells. Remover the hanger and any other embellishments from the top each bell.
- Spray paint the bells. Add several coats of spray paint over each bell, both inside and out for complete coverage. Let dry between coats. I recommend doing this outside for the best ventilation.
- Paint the floral trim. Use a quarter-inch flat paintbrush and paint a coat of gold paint along the leaves, stems, and berries on all three bells.
To hang the bells:
- Cut green ribbon. Cut a piece of the quarter-inch green ribbon, about 2-2.5 feet long.
- Secure the ribbon inside the bell. Add a piece of masking tape to one ribbon end to make it easy to feed the ribbon through the top of the bell. Tie a couple of knots so the ribbon will stay in place.
- Add a wooden bead. String on a gold-painted wood bead at the end (where the masking tape is). Secure the bead with a double knot at the bottom. Use a lighter to heat seal the end.
- Cover the top of the bell. Using hot glue and twine, add dabs of glue and begin wrapping the twine around the top until the top is covered. Repeat for all 3 bells.
Use a dry brush to prevent layering on too much gold paint. You want a weathered look where some of the green pokes through.