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How to Make a Jingle Bell Windchime

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Add a bit of holiday cheer to your garden with this tutorial on How to Make a Jingle Bell Windchime from Bernadette Fox.  Fashioned using a children's bicycle wheel, leather belts, and old bells, this DIY project is truly a site to behold.  You'll also enjoy the soft gingle of the bells as you curl up on a blustery winter day with a cup of hot cocoa and your favorite book.

Jingle Bell Windchime

Materials:

  • Children's bicycle wheel
  • Several old leather belts
  • An assortment of bells (I used old carriage bells from my great grandparents. Think about using family heirlooms for this wind chime, also)

 

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Instructions:

  1. Drill four holes in rim of wheel, each of them opposite the other in a T pattern.
     
  2. Cut out strips of leather in varying lengths leaving the buckle on the longest length.
     
  3. String the leather strip with the buckle into the middle of the wheel and tie a know to hold it in place. This leather strip and buckle will serve as the hanger and the holder for the largest bell.
     
  4. Attach the rest of the leather strips to the wheel using 24 gauge wire.
     
  5. Attach the bells to the bottom of each leather strip with the same wire.

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