When I learned on Wednesday that many members of the blogging community were planning a Cookies and Craft tribute to Sandy Hook elementary today, I knew, without hesitation, that I needed to participate. Dorothy at Crazy for Crust suggested that the craft be something parents and children could do together. With another project planned for today, a brutal work project this week and little time to prepare, I searched for my inspiration and suddenly, it came to me:
Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.
This iconic quote from It’s A Wonderful Life sprang to my mind and took on a poignant, new meaning in the aftermath of last Friday. This was an extremely emotional craft for me to put together. Sadly, too many Sandy Hook angels are getting their wings. Let this simple, tinsel bell serve as a way to always remember them and everyone we have lost. Let the sparkle of the tinsel, though, serve as a light of hope. Hope for the innocence and joy of childhood. Hope that our children will have a world where they are safe. Hope for peace. Take a moment today and make sure you let anyone and everyone who is important to you know that you love them. Hug a child today. Share a little joy with someone.
Each of us has our own personal beliefs. Friday’s are usually Flashback Fridays at Little Miss Celebration, dedicated to my dear mother-in-law, Emme, who we lost earlier in 2012. She loved her grandchildren and all children deeply. Her own granddaughter is a kindergarten teacher. I know in my heart Emme greeted everyone from Sandy Hook, helped them get their wings and is probably crafting with them right now. This is my comfort.
Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings. Sandy Hook, I dedicate this bell to you.
With simple craft items such as tinsel stems, ribbon and pom poms, Moms and Dads can make one or more with their children – though of course, parents will do the hot gluing!
Here’s what we need: (Everything came from Michael’s)
- Package of silver tinsel pipe cleaner stems
- Large silver jingle bell
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Embellishments of your choice – I used sheer iridescent white ribbon, silver star garland, silver-edged small pom poms and silver sequins.
Here’s what we do:
Curve one tinsel stem so there is a gentle curve at the top and the two ends meet evenly at the bottom, as in photo below. Repeat 3 times, so you have 4 rounded stems.
Cross two stems at the curve and hot glue together. Add additional two stems, crossing at the top curve and glue. It sort of resembles some kind of an insect right now!
Gently curve up the bottom of each stem; you can trim them if needed to be even or not…no way this has to be perfect! Glue a tinsel stem all the way around the bottom at the top of the curve, as in the photo below. We are forming our bell shape.
Starting at the top, take a stem and weave around the bell under and over. Trim ends and hot glue together. Continue weaving stems under and over to make the bell as closed or open as you like; including the very bottom stem, I wove 10 rows. The bell might lose a little shape along the way, which is fine! The tinsel stems can be easily reshaped once all the weaving is completed.
Hot glue a few places on each row to keep things in place and for a bit of stability. You can glue as you go along or after the weaving is finished. It should look perfectly imperfect!
String a large jingle bell on monofilament. Run the monofilament up the center of the bell, letting a little of the jingle bell dangle from under the bottom stem. Tie off the monofilament around a stem at the top of the bell shape.
Cut a 6” piece of tinsel stem; make an oval and hot glue to each side of the bell at the top for a hanger.
At this point, you and your children should embellish any way YOU like! I made a six loop bow from iridescent white ribbon and silver star garland, which I glued at the top. I glued about 7 silver tipped small white pom poms around the bell and added a silver sequin on the bottom ring above each curve.
Here is our finished bell! What do you think?
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being here today. Please visit Dorothy for her Sandy Hook tribute at Crazy for Crust and the other bloggers for their Cookies and Crafts Sandy Hook tributes.
This project was featured on Totally Tutorials on Christmas Day, which was the perfect time! My heartfelt thanks to Kym for sharing this project on her wonderful blog!