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Deck the Halls! It's a Musical Christmas Tree with Jingling Bells

We decorated it from top to bottom with dozens of chiming ornaments.

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Photography by: Janelle Jones

Pictured: Martha Stewart Living 7.5 ft. Pre-Lit LED Sparkling Pine Quick-Set Artificial Christmas Tree with Warm White Lights and Pinecones, $269, homedepot.com.

 

Do you hear that? It's the sound of a hundred jingling bells! At Christmastime, the bell invokes our favorite holiday memories of caroling, sleigh rides, and general merrymaking with family and friends. And it's soft, tinkling tune has inspired this sparkling tree.

 

Our musical tree mingles two favorite symbols of the season: red ribbon and jingle bells. For a traditional look, we dressed the tree in bright red and wintry green. From top to bottom, this sparkling pine is decorated in dozens of hand-strung bell clusters, reflective ball ornaments, and sleigh bells tied in plaid ribbon bows. At the top of the tree, we placed a rosette bow in the same ribbon as the bedecked ornaments.

 

[FIND INSPIRATION: Bell Crafts]
Bell ornament for door
Photography by: Ryan Liebe

These jingle bell clusters look festive anywhere in the house — the windows, a doorknob, and especially your tree. To make them, collect a variety of bells (on our tree, we used a mix of metallic textures, sizes, and sheen tones), and string them onto loops of wire. Mold them into a cluster shape and twist the ends of the loops together. For added flair, tie on a big bow. 

 

[MAKE THIS: A Jingle Bell Cluster Ornament]
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Photography by: Eric Piasecki Photography

Looking to obtain a similar look? Try these ribbon-wrapped ball ornaments. Not only are these ornaments speedy to make, they're incredibly economical. You can churn out dozens — and complete the look with gold and red balls. Making them is quick and easy: Use glue to tack end of one strip to a ball and wind bias strips of plaid fabric around styrofoam balls. Continue wrapping with more strips in various directions until ball is covered. Then, glue to secure.

 

[MAKE THESE: Plaid Ball Ornaments]
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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Another idea? Fold and snip ribbon into banners, then finish off with gold pins.

 

[MAKE THESE: Ribbon Pennant Ornaments]

Feeling inspired? Watch how we bedecked our tree: