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Cheap Christmas decorations for outdoors: 3 ideas for large Christmas bells to copy!

Finding an effective outdoor Christmas decoration can be difficult… and expensive. Much of what’s on the market isn’t necessarily the most sophisticated, and when you do find what you want, it’ll cost you a fortune. Want to make original yet inexpensive Christmas decorations yourself in 2021? Then take a look at this cool idea for XXL Christmas bells. The trick here? They’re made from inexpensive materials like plastic flower pots, metal bowls and gym balls!

Cheap Christmas decoration from metal bowls

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These unusual Christmas bells are made from mixing bowls. You can hang them outside, tie them into a garland and even attach them to the door frame at the entrance of the house ! Adding pine greenery around the silver bells really makes them pop and stand out!

For crafting you will need:

  • Metal mixing bowls – 2 bowls for each bell.
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Brush
  • E6000 glue
  • Jute string to hang the bells (or ribbon)
  • Bows and various decorations

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1.Paint two lines across the bottom of a bowl.
2. at the end of each line, paint a circle.

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3.Once the paint is dry, glue the second mixing bowl to the painted bowl.

If you are going to hang the large Christmas bells outside, it is important that you use a glue that will REALLY hold them. Hot glue won’t do much good here. E6000 glue is easy to find and very inexpensive. It does take longer to dry, but it’s worth the wait!

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4. Glue jute string for hanging and other embellishments to the top of the jingle bells. Of course, if you prefer, you can leave your giant jingle bells plain.
5.Let the glue dry overnight.

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What we love about these beautiful big bells is that you can decorate them in so many ways! Bows and other embellishments always look so pretty this time of year. The sky is the limit, so be creative!

Cheap Christmas decorations made from plastic flower pots.

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This inexpensive Christmas decoration can be crafted in less than 1 hour! For crafting, choose plastic plant pots with a rounded shape to look like real bells. For an even prettier effect, you can buy pots in different sizes.

Materials needed:

  • 1 plastic flower pot for each bell
  • Spray paint in silver
  • Gloves and cardboard
  • PP string
  • Cordless drill
  • Christmas balls, preferably in red
  • Pencil

big christmas bell made from flower pot


1.Spray the flower pots with the silver spray paint. Protect the work area with cardboard and wear gloves. Let the paint dry for about 10 – 15 minutes.

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2. cut a piece of PP rope according to the size of your plant pot. The Christmas ball should hang on this string. 3.
Now drill a hole in the bottom of the pot and pass the string through it. 4.
Tie a Christmas ball to the end of the string. 5.

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5. use a pencil to mark the place where you should knot the string on the inside of the pot.
6.At the end, knot a loop on the outside for hanging.

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You can use thicker paper clips as hooks to hang the bells. This way, you can easily attach them to an artificial fir garland.

Optionally, you can tie several bells together in a bundle

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Inexpensive Christmas decorations made from a gym ball and hula hoops

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Last week we showed you how to make these giant Christmas balls from beach or gym balls. Now comes another great idea with these inexpensive materials: big Christmas bells! All you need to craft them are two gym balls, two hula hoops, gold spray paint, black acrylic paint, a paintbrush and large Christmas bows.

The bells look great both indoors and out!

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Gym balls and hula hoops come in different sizes. So make sure their diameters match. Slide the hoop down over the ball to the center. If it’s too tight, you can try cutting it up and then gluing it back together.

Spray the balls along with the hoop with the gold spray paint and let it dry for about 30 minutes. It is important here that you use a spray paint specifically for plastic, otherwise it may not hold.

Once the spray paint has dried, you can use acrylic paint to paint the black elements. If you want to protect your Christmas decoration against snow and rain, you can optionally spray the bells with clear varnish. At the end, attach the large bows with E600 and you’re done!

What else can you use to craft the bells? Decorative buckets with country charm!

Christmas bells from buckets for the door

And in this article you will find 2 cool ideas for illuminated Christmas balls – from chicken wire and fairy lights and from ball lights.