Halloween is over and I am moving on to Christmas. Just kidding. I love Thanksgiving, but I do start my Christmas shopping before December….especially if the gift is handmade. It seems like every week of December is filled with Christmas events so if I am doing something handmade…November is my month. Apartment Therapy is doing a little Handmade Holiday Link-Up so I thought I would link it my favorite handmade gift and then spend some time checking outrall the goodies that people are making. I had planned on reposting this later in the Holiday season, but I figured why not join in the Apartment Therapy fun.
I love my Christmas Bells. Every where I take them everyone loves them. They are a home run hit for your family or for for a gift. This year I planned on making these for some good friends (which ones….I cannot say). These are an inexpensive gift that will last for many Christmases to come. We always have fun with them at every Christmas party we go to. People will call us to make sure we bring them. Here is a picture of my family playing these on Christmas Day.
Here is my family playing these things. I am trying to post a video on our crazy family playing these things. Its hysterical. Lots of laughter and Christmas fun. A family member posted it on facebook so, if I can figure it out, I will.
This is great gift idea that people will love! Its unique and it allows people to be a “hit” at their next Christmas party. I am going to make these for people at Christmas. I have done it before and it really isn’t that hard.
Here are the tools and material you need…
Piper Cutters, Drill Bits, and Conduit Pipe…
Here is a closer look at the large pipe.
The Detailed List
- 1/2 inch Conduit Pipe. The expensive kind does not cut well. Don’t get it. The inexpensive kind actually sounds better as a bell. I bought mine at HD for $2.97 You will probably need two, depending on what sizes they offer at your store.
- Kobalt pipe cutter (Seen Above) – $9.00 (Just tell the Hardware store employee you need a pipe cutter for 1/2 inch conduit. They will take you right there.)
- 5/8 inch metal boring drill bit (seen above) $4.00
- String ( you can also use skinny ribbon or the gift wrap ribbon that curls)
- Ruler or tape measure
When it’s all said and done your first one will cost you $19.00. Every time after that it will cost you $6.00 because you already have the cutter and drill bit!
- 13 amp; 3/8 inches
- 13 inches
- 12 amp; 5/8 inches
- 12 amp; 1/4 inches
- 11 amp; 7/8 inches
- 11 amp; 1/2 inches
- 11 amp; 1/4 inches
- 10 amp; 7/8 inches
- 10 amp; 5/8 inches
- 10 amp; 1/4 inches
- 9 amp; 7/8 inches
- 9 amp; 5/8 inches
- 9 amp; 3/8 inches
- 9 amp; 1/8 inches
- 8 amp; 7/8 inches
- 8 and 5/8 inches
- 8 and 3/8 inches
- 8 and 1/8 inches
- 7 and 7/8 inches
Measure where your first cut will be. Mark a line at the measurement with a pencil. Cut right at the line or if you want to be super accurate just to the right of the line. The pencil mark is exactly the length the bell needs to be. If you cut just to the right of the line, it gets a more accurate length. I have posted this for those perfectionist DIYers. It doesn’t matter really. I have done it both ways. These are not symphony instruments. You will not get into Julliard playing these. Sorry to burst your bubble. They need to be close but if they are one 16th off…it will work. The smaller you get the closer they are in size. Be as accurate as you can when you get to the smaller pipe measurements.
Use the pipe cutter as instructed and cut the pipe.
Mark the pipe with the corresponding number
Drill a hole at the very top with your drill bit. I used a clamp to hold the bell down.
Tie string, or ribbon loop through the hole. This is crucial for the bell’s ringing capabilities. (When playing, you have to hold the bell thru the loop or it won’t chime.)
Repeat for all 19 pipes (each pipe has a different measurement)
Print off the music.
Here are two sheets of music for these bells. I plan on posting more soon! I realized I only have about four songs. Go make your bells and then come back to grab all the music. I literally have to string up the bells on a broom, write out the words to a Christmas song and figure it out. I am using those flute playing skills after all. My musician dad should be proud.
Click on Image to Save and Print
Click on Image to Save and Print
Click on the image, save and print. I would print at least 10 copies of each song so a big group could play. This is super cheap at Staples or Office max. I might make folder of Carol Songs.
Finally, to give them you can wrap them up in a fun way. I wrapped mine in some extra Jute Webbing and some plaid ribbon. I would also write a little instruction note to go with them. Make a set for you, play them FIRST at a Christmas party and then have a set wrapped for your White Elephant game. There will be a fight for these.
How do you play?
With spoons of course! You have to put your hand through the loop and let the bell dangle and smack it with a spoon when your number comes up on the music.
Thanks for Reading,