If you’re looking for easy to make Christmas decorations, then these egg carton jingle bells might be just the thing for you!
This is something we did last year for Christmas, but I did’t have the time to write about it because … life got in the way. But this is such a fun and easy crafts for kids, that I thought it’s worth sharing.
Have a look at the jingle bells we did out of egg carton boxes!
These are the materials you need to make these Christmas decorations:
- Some egg carton boxes
- Scissors (or a utility knife)
- Paint & brushes
- Some small bells
- Pipe cleaners
- Decorating materials like glitter and glue
Make your own Christmas decorations in 4 easy steps:
Cut a bell looking shape out the egg carton box. If there’s not yet a whole on top of the spike, make one as you will need it later on to attach the bell.
Paint the egg carton bells and let them dry. A word of caution, be prepared for some mess at this phase. If your kids are anything like mine they will end up with paint on their hands and clothes. So either you live with it, or you can use some protective equipment for the messy artists. You can also use this little trick of ours to avoid a big mess on the table.
Cut the pipe cleaners in pieces – slightly longer than the height of the egg carton bells . Then attach the bells to one end of the cut pipe cleaner and slide the other end into the egg carton bells. If the pieces of pipe cleaner are too short, the kids won’t be able to slide it through the whole and catch it on the other side.
That’s it! Your Christmas decorations are ready … unless you want to decorate them like we did below.
As a last step, you can decorate the Christmas jingle bells with some glitter. I used two shallow containers: one filled with transparent glue, and the other one with red glitter. My kids (age 4 and 5) took turns in dipping the bells first in the glue and then in the glitter. They loved playing with glue and glitter and since they were taking turns, I loved it too as there was almost no mess 🙂
So here are our glittery Christmas decorations.
We couldn’t hang them in the tree, as we had a felt Christmas tree, but we used them as Christmas decorations in the house – hanging on a piece of red ribbon in front of the window – and they looked very nice.
If you have some time to spare, some creative kids to grow and some egg carton boxes, then try out these easy to make Christmas decorations!
And another tip: If you’d rather make Christmas lights, then instead of the pipe cleaners and bells, add some Christmas lights. Just like RedTedArt did it here!
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