Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jingle Bell Spider Craft by

We have found a fascinating craft for Halloween that uses craft bells and with permission from we are sharing this neat little creation with you!

All directions and photos are written by and taken by Crafts For All Seasons.

Things Needed:
  • Two 25 mM (1-inch) jinglebells (orange, black, purple, or green look best for Halloween)
  • Two 12 inch long black pipe cleaners
  • 24 beads (I used 8 mM round marbleized pearl beads)
  • Scissors
  • Small length of wire (I used 20 gauge wire)
  • Small jewelry pliers (optional, but come in handy)
  • Glue
1.  Begin the jingle bell spider by attaching the two jingle bells together.  This is most easily done by taking a small length of wire and threading it between the two small hangers in each jingle bell, and wrapping it several times to secure.  Use some jewelry pliers to help.

threading jingle bellsjingle bells wrapped

2.  Cut each 12 inch pipe cleaner in two six inch sections, you will have four total.

pipe cleaners

3.  Thread two pipe cleaners through the front jingle bell, and two through the back jingle bell, as shown below.

threaded pipe cleaners

4.  Thread on a bead on to each of the 8 pipe cleaner legs, and thread it all the way up flush with the jingle bell.   You can use a little glue to secure if desired.  This keeps the legs from coming out of the jingle bells.

threaded beads

5.  Now, take your time and bend each leg to look like a spider leg.  Begin by bending each pipe cleaner up from where it comes out of the jingle bell.  Then about halfway down make the pipe cleaner bend down.  Look at the photos for help.  Then, thread on two more beads on each leg.  Secure the beads with a little bit of glue, if desired.  A cord can also be added around the middle of the two jingle bells for hanging.

spider decoration2

To view this craft at it's original location please visit: and be sure to check out all their other crafts while you are there!

Thank you to Crafts for All Seasons for letting us share this wonderful little Halloween craft with our readers!

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Saturday Night in Hillsville with the Bells

 Just a little repost from our Red Hill General Store Blog:

Whether you're a local or just passing through,
Hillsville, Virginia is for a family like you!

We're not the only folks around that feel this way,
A family of five bells have something to say.

They started their Saturday looking at sites,
Doesn't the courthouse really look nice?

The civil war statue is something to see,
It won't disappoint you, Mr. Bell will guarantee.

Now the little ones will want something refreshing and sweet,
if it doesn't ruin their dinner, get them a tastee-freez treat.

With full bellies of sugar, it's time to play,
Fast down the green slide, hip-hip horray!

Time to cool off now in the close by stream,
it paints a perfect picture of the American Dream.

You're never too old to be high in the air,
Swinging around with not even a care.

To finish the day in this sweet country town,
stop by Red Hill, the best store around.
Kids love our candy, there's no doubt this is true,
now the question is, how about you?

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