DIY Jingle Bell Strap

I mentioned in my Christmas home tour post that I spent a lot of time making homemade decorations for Christmas this year.

Today I’m sharing how I made that DIY jingle bell strap that hangs in our entryway. You might laugh at how easy it was to make. And I’ll probably laugh with you, but at least we’re both happy, right?

DIY Jingle Bell Strap by The Wood Grain Cottage

I started the project by searching our local thrift stores for a leather belt. I didn’t want to buy a long wide piece of leather when I knew a belt would work just as well. I was lucky enough to find one without the pre-drilled holes….

DIY Jingle Bell Strap by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I had the belt laid out, I simply measured an equal spacing for all 6 jingle bells…

DIY Jingle Bell Strap by The Wood Grain Cottage

Marked the spot…

DIY Jingle Bell Strap by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then used our drill to drill out the leather…

DIY Jingle Bell Strap by The Wood Grain Cottage

DIY Jingle Bell Strap by The Wood Grain Cottage

To attach the jingle bells, I used a piece of hemp string, the same that I used for my DIY clay tags, and just wrapped it around the bell opening…

DIY Jingle Bell Strap by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then I just pulled it tight and tied a few knots on the back of the belt to secure everything in place….

DIY Jingle Bell Strap by The Wood Grain Cottage

That’s it… seriously!

I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Christmas Home Tour 2013 by The Wood Grain Cottage

Such a simple craft with fabulous results—- and one that can be completely customized!

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell rock…..

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage


  1. Omg, how easy! I have a bunch of old sleigh bells of my Grandmother’s. I’ve been waiting on an inspiration. ….I think you’ve hit it right on. I can’t wait to finish the renovation to unearth them. Thanks for the idea.

    1. THANK YOU so very much, Yvonne! I bought the jingle bells at Hobby Lobby. They have all different colors too! 😀

    1. THANK YOU so very much, Krista! I completely agree… it’s such a simple project with fabulous results! 😀

  2. YOU MADE THIS?!? OMGness…you make everything!!! I love the bells:) I have silver ones in my decor…love it! Only you, Shayna…blessings & <3

  3. I haven’t got sleigh bells, but I do have a couple of rusty horseshoes! You have given me an idea…
    In fact, your site is inspirational; even my husband has seen things he might have a go at. All the best to you for Christmas and the New Year.

    1. THANK YOU so much, Lesley! I’m so happy you’re inspired… that’s what it’s all about! 😀
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 😀

  4. Shayna,

    Love it!! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’m still hoping you post how you made your garland. I haven’t done my tree yet in hopes you share it. If not I may just wing it and try the drywall tape idea. Thanks for sharing your awesome projects. I’ve not gotten my husband to sit and look through your blog yet….. I know he fears the work that lies ahead for him! LOL!! We have our own business so I am like the Shoemaker’s wife, the last work gets done here at home.

    1. THANK YOU so much Laurie! I will be posting the tutorial for the garland next week… trust me it’s easy! 😀
      Merry Christmas!

  5. I LOVE this so much. It reminds me of a sleighbell strap that I saw in Amish country last year. I debated and debated about buying it, but eventually walked away empty handed. This DIY is SO easy and perfect knockoff of those super expensive ones!

  6. This is so simple and yet looks so great. I can’t wait to start on my projects for next year. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas and inspiring me!

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