Around my neck of the woods, the snow is blowing in and the temps have dropped into boots and feather down season. brrrr! Although it isn’t yet winter, it sure has arrived and tends to make me think of holiday crafting time. I literally love to craft all year, but I surely delight in creating for others, especially those I love. Today, I’m sharing a fun element for you to add to your home decor. What do you see below? I spy potential! Dare I say they are becoming DIY zinc bells for Christmas decor. Plus, I have a giveaway for you too. woot!
Yeah, some may think I’m a ding-a-ling for seeing bells, but…hang with me now. When I see chain stores selling those rustic zinc bells for $25 a single bell, I know I can create my own version for waaaaay less.
For this ringing good time you’ll need a few supplies. I first shop thrift stores, but I couldn’t find enough of the weighted plastic I needed. So, don’t hesitate to try there first or even raid your cupboards. Also, keep in mind you can do any finish you want…gold, brass, white, red, green…you get the idea.
*post sponsored by HomeRight & Wagner (see full disclosure for details)
Tools & Supplies:
- HomeRight Quick Finish Sprayer
- Wagner Small Spray Shelter
- Turn Table (optional, but so handy)
- hot glue gun/ glue sticks
- drill/drill bit
- plastic cups or pots, or…whatever floats your boat (bowls optional if you want a rounded look)
- jute twine
- jute rope
- rusty bells or wooden beads
- dark gray paint in matte or flat finish
- paint brush
- white wax, white paint or white glazing
- gray wax
If you look at the picture of the loot I grabbed above, you’ll see a handful of heavy plastic cups (I aimed for more mixed sizes, but they only had one of the smaller cups), a stack of small bowls, and jute rope. I already had the twine, bells, and paint supplies at home. You can use any kind of cup or flower pot, etc to make your bells. I always find it a fun challenge to peruse the aisles of stores (thrift stores included) for something that sparks my imagination. I chose to use cups and bowls combined. First, I use my hot glue to attach the bowls to the bottom of the cups.
They’re looking kinda bell-ish, don’t you think?
Next, using a drill and drill bit large enough to allow your rope to fit through, drill a hole through the bowl and the cup. Work slow so you don’t crack your creation.
Time for some spray fun! I pop up my Wagner small spray shelter. It literally “pops” up and is ready to go in seconds. For this space-saving gal, I love how it folds away in this bag.
In addition to the spray shelter, I also use my turn table and my HomeRight Quick Finish Sprayer. I fill the sprayer with the dark gray paint. However, you may need to thin the paint with a bit of water per manufacturer instructions. I chose to use Kensington Gray in RustOleum Milk Paint. However, you can use any gray you want, just be sure it’s a matte or flat paint. You can also see my other zinc tutorials for furniture and outdoor home decor in these past posts.
As for using the sprayer, give it a few practice spray passes on a piece of cardboard or scrap wood to get the flow right. Then, hold the sprayer approximately 12″ from your cups. Head HERE to see the sprayer in action on a past makeover. Let cure and apply a second coat. Last of our painting stent, we need to clean up. The Quick Finish makes clean-up a breeze. Just pop off the canister using the quick release function and wash up.
Finally, we can finish our DIY Zinc Bells. Grab your waxes, ropes, and bells. First, we need to feed the rope into the bell. Don’t cut a length just yet, but leave it on the roll. Tape the end and fish a thin wire through the rope so it can help you get the rope through the bowl and cup.
Next, knot the rope at the end. After that, figure out a length of twine doubled over to be the length of the cup (or longer if you want it to hang out). Tie a knot a the end, and use a hang-tag type tie to hang it on the knot. Then, pull the rope up into the cup.
Last, make a cut in the rope to make a hanger. Hot glue the end down.
Also, hot glue around the rope ends where they meet at the bowl on the cup. Tuck in ends.
Last, but not least, we are going to create texture and dimension with waxes. I first use the white wax to make the design pop and age the faux zinc look we created.
Likewise, totally optional, but also fun, I use a bit of gray to create shadows.
My ding-dong DIYing fun is now complete. Yeah, baby!
Not only are they fun to see, but they even actually do ring because of the rusty bells inside. So fun!
While I have them hanging with some trimmed greens here, they can also be used in any spot in your home holiday decor. Where would you use some?
In the meantime, if you’d like to make a set part of your home story, you can find them for a limited time in my online shop.
Additionally, you can make your own swag and planter fill from foraging in your own neck of the woods. Check this video below…
In addition, do pin and share my DIY zinc bells tutorial so that others can have crafty fun too!
HomeRight, and Wagner, and I are always wanting to help you in your own DIY adventures. Not only are we giving away a HomeRight Quick Finish Sprayer, but also a Wagner Small Spray Shelter to one of you. Merry Christmas!! All you need to do is fill out the widget below for as many entries as you like – daily even. Giveaway open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Also, winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim the prize. Be sure to check your spam!