“What I wanted more than anything was one silver bell from Santa’s sleigh.” Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express
Growing up, every Christmas, my parents would read us The Polar Express. The book was gifted to my brother in 1986 from my parents, who even had Chris Van Allsburg write him a little message. Over the years, some of the pages have wrinkled and the dust jacket has acquired a few small tears, but all of these things indicate that this book has been well loved.
A wonderful children’s book and the simple gift of a bell is the inspiration for this DIY.
I know that the holidays can be very busy for all of us, rushing around, shopping, attending party after party, and perhaps even hosting a party or two. For those of you that are hosting a holiday party, there is so much involved and sometimes you just don’t have time for the little things. Apart from having me help you, the one piece of advise I can give is to slow down, relax, and just enjoy this time of the year. Also, to do lists are a must and keep things simple!
If you find yourself hosting a holiday dinner party, I have DIY favor that is super easy and can later be hung on the Christmas tree. If you want, you can even write the guest’s name on the bell and use it as a place card.
What you’ll need:
• Large jingle bell
• Velvet ribbon (⅝” wide)
1. Cut a piece of ribbon to your desired length. I cut my piece about 10 inches long because I like to give my bows long tails.
2. Tie a simple bow at the top of the jingle bell.
“I shook the bell. It made the most beautiful sound my sister and I had ever heard.” Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express