You’ll have the biggest bells in town with this DIY Jumbo Jingle Bell, and it’s sure to turn a few heads in the neighborhood!
I thought I had pretty big bells.
Even the nice ladies in Hobby Lobby remarked on the size of my big white bells. I admit I was showing them off a bit, but hey, when you have a set of bells this big, you want to strut your stuff like the cock of the walk!
Social Media took note of my enormous bells, too. The women of TikTok and Instagram just couldn’t resist asking about my humongous bells. It seems they wanted a pair for themselves! And can you blame them? Just look at these big bells!
But that which was ample enough for the Women of the World Wide Web wasn’t nearly big enough for my babes.
She slid her gaze across my gargantuan bells and then locked her eyes onto mine.
“They’re not big enough,” she said, and I felt instantly deflated.
“Not big enough?” I said. “Bells this big come around maybe once in a generation! My bells are marvelously large!” I proclaimed with pride and defiance.
Her gaze dipped once more to my bells and then back up to me.
“Not big enough,” she said again.
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Well, if my babes wants bigger bells, my babes is gonna get bigger bells! Or in this case, I’d just give her one bigger bell, because a pair of bells this big would be a sight almost too awesome and terrifying for mortal eyes to bear.
DIY Jumbo Jingle Bell SUPPLIES LIST
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- Silver exercise ball
- Styrofoam ball
- Plastic balloon holder
- Hula hoop
- Hammered silver or Antique Flat Nickel spray paint
- Oil rubbed bronze and Flat Chestnut spray paint (optional)
- Hot glue gun or E-6000
- Permanent adhesive vinyl
- Jute rope
- Faux greenery (optional)
DIY Jumbo Jingle Bell VIDEO Tutorial
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DIY Jumbo Jingle Bell Tutorial
The key to this jumbo jingle bell is the yoga ball.
Now, the obvious observation is that it is already silver, which saves a lot of time and paint. But more than that, it is the orientation of the lines that makes this particular big ball the perfect candidate for big bell. As you can see in the photo above, the lines run longitudinally – from north pole to south pole. This gives a more realistic jingle bell look than the standard big ball whose lines run latitudinally, like the one shown below.
Since most jingle bells are cast from two halves and then welded or otherwise joined together, I used a hula hoop to recreate the rim. Most hula hoops come wrapped in psychedelic patterns that are easily peeled off.
Once peeled, I sprayed the hula hoop with hammered silver spray paint. My first choice of color was Flat Antique Nickel, but that can was a dud, and I had no desire to drive an hour round trip to find more.
To make the crown of the jumbo jingle bell, I used a foam ball that I sliced a bit off of to make a flat gluing surface.
For the handle, I first tried using black pipe insulation foam, but it ended up looking too chunky, so I ended up using a balloon holder that I bent into shape.
I stuck the ends into the foam ball for the perfect moveable handle
When I sprayed the crown and handle with the hammered silver, it looked way too monotonously silver, so give it a little life, I followed up with oil rubbed bronze sprayed sloppy…
That gave a cool pitted look, but it lacked warmth and dimension, so I hit it with some flat chestnut, and that gave the perfect aged metal look to the crown.
While the paint dried on the crown, I pushed the hula hoop onto the yoga ball.
Since the hula hoop was just the tiniest bit too small to fit, I pulled out the connector piece and hot glued it back together as shown below. That gave it enough room to fit around the center of the yoga ball.
With the seam installed, I glued the crown onto the bell. I used hot glue due to time constraints, but I’d recommend something a little stronger like E-6000 for maximum adhesive power.
Next I cut out the 4 slits from permanent adhesive vinyl. Though I cut the slits with a Cricut machine, this can easily be done by hand as shown below.
I placed the 4 slits equally around the bottom hemisphere…
…And then finished my jumbo jingle bell with rope and some greenery.
My babes loves her gargantuan jingle bell, and the whole neighborhood seems to agree!