Is it too early for Christmas ornaments? Sadly, no. The stores are starting in on Christmas already. It's a bit too soon, in my opinion. But...I guess if you want to make your own decorations or presents, it's time to get going. December is coming up awfully fast! This teacup bell ornament is adorable and a great gift idea. I made up a couple for our tree and a couple to give as gifts. They were a huge hit!
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This teacup bell ornament is easy to make and doesn't require fancy tools, so it's a perfect DIY bell ornament for your Christmas tree! I love the idea of using items in new ways! Plus, my love of tea is no secret.
The great thing about this materials list is you can adjust to to what you have available. Find your teacup at your local thrift store where they often have single, mismatched teacups for a great price. The [easyazon_link identifier="B001C25B90" locale="US"]bells[/easyazon_link] for this ornament are available at your local craft store (or steal a bell off of a castaway jingle hat or ornament). Use your favorite bonding agent–even [easyazon_link identifier="B00OAAUAX8" locale="US"]Super Glue[/easyazon_link] will work great!
Teacup Bell Ornament
Tie a length of string or twine to your bell. Check the length to be sure it will still "ring" when it clinks the edge of the teacup. Tie a knot at the top.
Apply your bonding agent to the top of the knot and place it in the very center of the inside of your teacup. Then wait for it to bond. Hopefully you're a smart crafter, so you bought glue that bonds quickly...or you may have to resort to holding the teacup and bell in one hand while using your hairdryer with the other. (True story!) Let it bond several hours, overnight if possible.
Use that same bonding agent to attach a loop of string or twine to the "top" of your ornament (for attaching your teacup ornament to the tree). The "top" of your teacup ornament, for the record, is actually the bottom of the teacup. Let dry thoroughly.
If you like, tie a beautiful ribbon bow to the string at the top of your teacup ornament.
I'd love to say this ornament is hanging from a special place on our Christmas tree. But that's simply not true. It's actually hanging from my window all by itself because I love it so much that I want to look at it in all its glory while I drink my morning latte! I made a few other bell ornaments as gifts and tucked them away. But this one...this one is all mine!
Are you already beginning to craft your ornaments and Christmas gifts? Or are you ignoring the approach of Christmas until you're good and ready? For me, it's the last one. (Ignoring it makes it go away...right??)
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