Create all 4 fun & Festive Christmas Bell Necklaces for your kids this holiday season. They make great gifts and are easy Christmas crafts. Choose from a snowman necklace, a Santa necklace, a Rudolph the red nose reindeer necklace, or a snowflake necklace. This is a great way to keep little hands and big kids busy while you wrap presents. Best of all these jingle bell necklaces will help you hear a child coming to sneak a peak at the gifts as you wrap them!
This fun Christmas craft can be given away as great holiday gifts to teachers, friends, neighbors, and family! You can also make them into jingle bell ornaments instead of necklaces. At my house we don’t have glass ornaments at all. Glass just doesn’t last very long without breaking and what’s the best way to not break things.. don’t have glass. We made these easy crafts Wood Bead Ornaments hanging on the Christmas tree right now.
If you have older kids have them help the younger kids while you read them the story of Jesus and his birth from the Bible. Kids listen even if they don’t look like they are. Busy hands can be moving but the mind is going full force and we should spend this special time of the year. This craft is for kids of all ages and even the entire family!
So play some Christmas songs and let’s get started on this new craft project!
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What you Need to Make Christmas Bell Necklace Crafts for Kids
Most of these supplies you can find at your local craft store, if you can’t find them I have it linked on Amazon below.
- 1 inch silver bells
- 1 inch brown bells or you can use silver bells and spray paint them brown
- White paint
- Paint Brush & Paint Pallet
- White glitter & or
- Large Fake snow
- Snowman button
- Reindeer button
- Snowflake button
- Silver twine
- Multicolored twine
- Brown pipe cleaners
- Mini red pom poms
- Googly Eyes
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Note: Since I couldn’t find white Christmas bells I painted all the silver bells white, except the brown Rodolph.
I have step-by-step instructions to make this craft really simple. If you have questions post them in the comments below.
Grab your whole family and let’s have some fun! If they don’t want to make a necklace tell them it’s their own DIY Christmas ornaments! This can be a simple way to get everyone together.
How to Make a Snowflake Bell Necklace
We are going to start off with an easy project.
Make sure you have the table covered and each person has a paper plate or even a piece of construction paper would work. Just to keep the paint off the table.
Get a silver 1 inch bell and paint just the top like snow is dripping off of the top of a house. let the paint move smoothly around the top of the bell. Let it dry and make sure you didn’t miss a spot. If you did just add a little more paint until you are happy with your snowflake bell necklace.
Once you have the perfect snow on top we will need to add some white glitter. To do this you can add some glue but I like to paint a light layer and then sprinkle on some glitter. You can choose different shapes of snow moving around the jingle bell necklace and different color of glitter. Make it your own!
I only suggest that you don’t add yellow glitter. Yellow glitter on snow just reminds me of someone peeing in the snow. lol! I think my boys have rubbed off on me! You can gift this with some cute snow globes.
Choosing charms can be so much fun. We choose this charm to go on the snowflake jingle bell necklace. Run a ribbon or colored baker’s twine through the top of the bell and then tie on the snowflake charm. Make the string long enough to loosely hang as a necklace for yourself, your child, or for family members. This would be really cute as napkin rings during the Christmas season or just for Christmas dinner.
How to Make a Santa Christmas Bell Necklace
For this necklace, we choose Christmas colors, mainly just red and white but if you run a green ribbon as a necklace you will have your green!
First up… paint one side of the bell necklace white. Make sure to get the whole area. Before the paint dried make sure to cover the painted area with large flaked glitter. Shake some on and if it doesn’t stick then pick up a pinch and gently place it on the wet paint. Keep going until you have enough large flake glitter to look like Santa’s beard. Lastly, add a pair of googly eyes so Santa can see by using a dab or hot glue.
I originally added a cotton ball or pieces of it to the front of Santa but it just got dirty after a while. if you choose to do that make sure you use small white pom pom balls or even a little parch of craft fur with a good glue to hold it on.
Poke a small hole through the top of the hat and run your necklace string or baker’s twine through. Make sure the string is long enough to make a necklace for a child or adult and if you choose to cut it down as needed and make an ornament later you have plenty to do either one.
These Christmas Bell Necklaces are on my kids’ holiday crafts list for church every year. They love making their own necklaces and picking their own jingle bell accessories. It’s great for hand eye coordination and all those fine motor skills.
For the Santa hat, we choose a fun Naughty or Nice List Button to tie on Santa’s necklace. We just knotted it about 1/4 the way up on one side of the necklace. Adding a 1 or 2 small Christmas decorations to the necklace or on the Santa hat. Make each one different that way you can tell them apart by adding a few small pieces or touches to make it their own. You could also change this necklace up by making it as elf, just by adding elf hats instead of Santa hats.
How to Make a Snowman Christmas Bell Necklace
A festive way to bring in the new year is to wear a Snowman Bell Necklace! You can jingle all through the winter season.
Keep a kit with all the craft kit pieces in a ziplock bag with easy instructions to give away this year in Christmas cards and next year too.
To start off you will need to grab these basic supplies: white paint, a paint pallet & brush, and a jingle bell.
Turn the bell over and paint the bottom white use a small amount of paint with each brush stroke so you don’t get it inside of the bell. You want the bell to still jingle when you’re done.
Let that sit until the paint is dry and you don’t have any unpainted spots on the bottom then we will work on the top side. This can be done at a Christmas party in between activities and lots of fun.
Once the bottom of this simple project is dry turn the bell over and paint the top side. Touch up any places that you may have missed.
You can use puffy paint around the top as an option to give your snowman a little depth.
Let the top dry then run a pretty colored baker’s twin or long piece of ribbon through the top. If you want you could add some plastic pony beads or even run a white bead, red bead, and white bead (etc) to make a candy cane string.
For this snowman necklace, we added a button that had a snowman’s face to the top of the dry snowman jingle bell. If you want to watch how to make this in action I have an easy tutorial on youtube.
Tie the top of the ribbon to your desired length and you’re done! Christmas time is so fun and you don’t want to miss a minute with your kids. Choose the best Christmas craft ideas to make with your kids this holiday season.
How to Make a Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Jingle Bell Necklace
Have you ever seen the candy cane reindeer? This necklace is the same as that but with a fun bell for a festive touch instead of candy.
For this craft, you will need brown chenille stems (pipe cleaners), glue sticks, a hot glue gun, wiggly eyes, and a red nose. The base of the bell will look like a smile. If you want to add a little more flair, grab some pony beads, such as white, red, and green beads to the necklace.
First, if your bell isn’t brown go a head and paint it. Then take the brown pipe cleaner, and bend it in half. Run the chenille stem through the top of the bell to the center of the stem and then twist to secure it in place.
Next cut a second chenille stem into 4 pieces. Measure by bending the chenille stem in half then in half again. You bend each one of the smaller pieces in half then twist each antler onto the main pipe cleaner working one by one.
This is definitely on my to-do list each year as the best Christmas crafts to do with kids. It’s right up there with a Christmas wreath that we epically fail at every year but love making! It’s all about the memories and holiday celebration for sure!
Heat up your glue gun and add a dab of hot glue to the base of your reindeer’s antlers. Make sure to leave room for the baker’s twine to run through the backside. you want the antlers to be in the front when wearing your Rudolph necklace.
Don’t forget that you can add this to your tree as an ornament, just cut the string, ribbon, or fishing line, short enough to hang from a branch of the tree. Christmas lights would look so pretty around this cute bell ornament!
When you have your antlers secured with hot glue and the ribbon or string ran through the top behind the antlers we can decorate. You can add your pony beads, or knot a cute button onto the ribbon or string. Make it your own!
Your reindeer’s face needs a set of googly eyes and a small red pom-pom ball as a nose. The bottom of the bell looks like a smile to me but feel free to paint or draw on your own mouth.
The reindeer antlers will be moveable so if you feel like having one up and one down… go for it! The only thing you need to worry about is what to wear your Rudolph Bell Necklace with. Your kids are going to love that they jingle all the way down the hallway! It’s a fun way to get a spur of the moment Jingle Bells song to spontaneously break out!
Aren’t the best ideas the ones we think of in the moment? Keep your bell necklaces or snowman ornaments for years to come. Keep it with a sheet of paper with all your decorative tree items telling what all you did this year at Christmas and have all the kids sign the back of their necklace. That way no one gets confused next year. Make new designs every year like Christmas bell lights, elf bell necklaces and so one… the options are endless so be creative and have fun!
It should look like this when it’s dry and needs the top coat. Lookin’ good mr. snowman!
The Santa Bell.
Grab a cute Christmas bag and put tissue paper in the bag with one of these cute bell necklaces. Gift to friends, family, teachers, neighbors, or to people you don’t know as a surprise this holiday season. Don’t forget the gift tags!