DIY Christmas Bell Decoration With Fresh Greenery

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Learn how to create a stunning DIY Christmas bell decoration in less than 30 minutes using affordable finds from Target along with fresh greenery and festive striped ribbon. Discover the joy of crafting with this step by step tutorial to the perfect Christmas decoration.

DIY Christmas bell decoration with fresh greenery for the holiday season.
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I’m always on the hunt for festive DIY’s that will add a little Christmas spirit to our home. However, I do have a couple of prerequisites when it comes to holiday crafts.

They must be easy to make and affordable too. This Christmas DIY project checks both of those boxes.

When I saw these white Christmas bells in the Target Dollar Spot on a recent shopping trip, I knew I could make them look a little more festive by changing the color along with the addition of fresh greenery and striped ribbon.

These Christmas decorations are an easy way to add a small touch of elegance to your home without spending too much money.

Let me show you the process of turning inexpensive, ordinary bells into extraordinary holiday decorations!

Holiday decoration in a beautiful home with bells and fresh greenery.

I’m joining a group of bloggers today to bring you fun, easy, and festive 30 minute Christmas craft ideas. Continue reading to the end of this post for all the amazing Christmas inspiration.

What you’ll love about this DIY:


  • EASY TO MAKE – With simple steps this DIY Christmas bell decoration is an enjoyable and stress free project, that anyone can do no matter your DIY expertise.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE – Tailor the project to match your unique style and holiday color scheme by selecting the perfect Christmas ribbon and choosing greenery that resonates with your personal taste.
  • INEXPENSIVE – Utilizing bells from the Target Dollar Spot as a base, means this DIY project remains budget-friendly without compromising on quality. The gold Rub ‘n Buff transforms inexpensive Christmas bells into sophisticated decor, allowing you to achieve a high end look without breaking the bank.
DIY Christmas decoration with gilded bells and greenery.

Materials You’ll Need for this DIY Christmas Decoration

Gather these supplies to begin crafting this DIY bell decoration.

  • Inexpensive Christmas Bells: Begin with affordable bells that you can find at Target Dollar Spot, your local craft stores, or Dollar Tree. These will provide the perfect base for your DIY project.
  • European Gold Rub ‘n Buff: This magical wax not only imparts a luxurious sheen to the bells but also serves as a budget friendly way to achieve a high-end, gilded look without the need for expensive materials.
  • Fresh Greenery: I used fresh Boxwood, berried Juniper, Carolina Sapphire, and Leyland Cypress for this project that I found at our local greenhouse. However, you can use any fresh greenery you like or that can be found in your own backyard. I’ll talk about more greenery options in a minute.
  • Floral Wire: This will allow you to easily shape and secure your bundles of greenery before attaching to the inside of the bells.
  • Pliers: This tool will allow you to easily cut the stems of greenery and the floral wire.
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks: This will ensure a strong bond between the gilded bells and the fresh greenery.
  • Christmas Ribbon: Choose a ribbon that you love to hang your bells. I’ve been using this striped ribbon throughout all of our Christmas decorations so it was the perfect choice for this DIY. The ribbon you choose will not only serve a functional purpose for hanging, but will allow you to tailor your decorations to match your unique, decor style.

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Step by Step Tutorial on How to Make a Christmas Bell Decoration

Let’s dive into the magic of crafting and create a set of DIY Christmas bells that are sure to become one of your favorite holiday decorations for this Christmas season.

A festive craft for the most wonderful time of the year using bells.

Step 1: Gild the Christmas Bells

Apply the Rub ‘n Buff wax over the white bells using a paint brush or soft cloth.

A small amount of Rub ‘n Buff goes a long way, so start with a small amount on the paint brush. Rub any access wax off of the bell with a paper towel or cloth.

White Christmas bells transformed into festive decor with gold Rub 'n Buff.

Remove any twine or or string that might be tied to the top of the bell so you can add your own ribbon later.

Allow the Rub ‘n Buff to dry before moving on to the next step (which should only take a few minutes).

Note: As you update the bells with the gold Rub ‘n Buff, you’ll notice an antique vibe. The gold wax not only makes them look elegant, but lets a bit of the original white show through, giving them a classy vintage feel.

Step 2: Create Bundles With the Fresh Greenery

Snip pieces of greenery and create a bundle of greenery using your hand.

I cut the greenery into about 10″ lengths based on the size of the bells I used. The length of the greenery will depend on the bell you use and how long you want your greenery to hang outside of the bell.

Bundles of fresh greenery for holiday decor in a farmhouse home.

Continue snipping greenery with the pliers until you have a bundle of greenery that is full and will fill the inside of the bell.

Once you have your bundle of greenery, wrap the floral wire tightly around the bundle about 1″ down from the end of the stems.

Using the pliers, cut the stems so that they are all the same length (if they are not already).

Fresh evergreens with gold bells for natural Christmas decorations.

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Step 3: Add the Greenery to the Bells

Carefully place a generous amount of hot glue to the ends of the bundles of fresh greenery, then push that up & inside the bell.

Hold in place for about 10-20 seconds until the hot glue sets.

DIY Christmas decoration with gilded bells and greenery.

With the hot glue set, fluff the greenery coming out of the bell.

Step 4: Hang your Christmas Decoration

Now, your DIY Christmas bells are ready for hanging!

I chose to hang our bells from the sconces in our sitting room.

Bell Christmas decoration for cozy holiday decor in our home.

Using the ribbon, I looped that through the top of the bell, around the sconce, and then tied in a knot & bow.

Cut the ribbon tails to your desired length, and there you have it…your easy Christmas decoration is complete!

FAQs About This Christmas DIY

Yes, you can customize the project by using bells in different colors. Consider metallic tones like silver or copper for a festive look.

If you can’t find gold Rub ‘n Buff, you can use gold spray paint or metallic acrylic paint as an alternative.

Absolutely! Consider factors like color, texture, and width when choosing a ribbon. Satin or velvet ribbon adds a touch of luxury, while rustic burlap ribbon compliments farmhouse style. The ribbon you choose should match your overall holiday decor and provide a secure & visually appealing way to hang your Christmas bells. Experiment with different options to find the perfect match for your unique style!

Types of Greenery You Can Use for this Christmas Bell Project

The choice is yours when it comes to the greenery you use for your DIY Christmas bell project.

Festive holiday DIY bell decorations for rustic decor in a holiday home.

Here are several types of greenery you can consider all with different textures and scents:

  • Pine: Pine is a classic choice, offering a traditional holiday scent and a lush, evergreen look. The dark green needles create a timeless appearance.
  • Cedar: Cedar branches have a distinctive aroma and an elegant, feathery texture. They add a touch of rustic charm to your Christmas bells.
  • Eucalyptus Sprigs: Eucalyptus offers a refreshing and herbal scent.
  • Boxwood: Known for its small, densely packed leaves and vibrant green color. It gives a more formal and structured look.
  • Juniper Berries: Incorporating juniper berries with their blue-gray hue adds a unique touch to your greenery bundles. They complement other greenery and add a more textured appearance.
  • Rosemary Sprigs: Rosemary adds a subtle fragrance and brings a delicate texture to your decorations.
  • Holly Branches: Holly is a classic Christmas greenery with glossy, deep green leaves and bright red berries. While it may not have a strong scent, it adds a festive pop of color and traditional holiday charm.
  • Magnolia Leaves: Magnolia leaves are large, glossy, and have a beautiful two-tone effect. They can add a touch of Southern elegance to your Christmas bells and work well in rustic decor.
  • Fir: Similar to pine, fir branches have short, soft needles and a robust fragrance.
  • Cypress: Features vibrant green foliage and offers a unique and unexpected element to your Christmas bell decorations.

Remember to mix and match different types of greenery to create a visually interesting display.

Experiment with combinations that align with your own personal style and the overall look of your holiday decor.

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Can I use faux greenery for this DIY bell decoration?

Absolutely! Using faux greenery for your DIY Christmas bell project is a great option.

Christmas decorations with ribbon, bells, and fresh greenery.

Faux greenery offers several advantages:

  • Longevity: Unlike fresh greenery, faux won’t dry out or shed over time. This ensures that your DIY Christmas bells will maintain their appearance throughout the entire holiday season and beyond.
  • Reusable: Faux greenery can be stored and reused, making it a great choice for your holiday decorations.
  • Allergen-Free: For those with allergies, using faux greenery eliminates the risk of allergic reactions that can be associated with real greenery.

When using faux greenery, choose high-quality options that closely resemble the appearance of real greenery. That way your DIY Christmas bells not only look beautiful but also maintain a lifelike appearance.

What if I don’t have sconces, where else can I hang these Christmas bells?

You don’t need sconces to hang these DIY bells from!

Christmas bell hanging from sconce in a cottage farmhouse style home.

They can be hung or used in your holiday decor in a bunch of other ways.

  • Attach your DIY bells in the middle of a festive Christmas wreath.
  • String the bells together with coordinating ribbon to create a charming garland that you could drape along a staircase railing or mantel.
  • Suspend the bells from the arms of a chandelier for a unique and eye-catching display in the dining room or living room.
  • Place the bells in the center of your dining or coffee table, either individually or as a cluster for a stunning table centerpiece.

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