Decorating for Christmas with Jingle Bells

Jingle bells are a tried-and-true holiday classic. This year, use them in a few unexpected ways to jazz up your Christmas decor.

Simple Holiday Frames

Red and silver bells dress up ordinary painted wooden frames. Try outlining the frame with small bells, or topping your frame with a display of different-size bells. Check out the next slide for details about the table runner.

Make a Custom Table Runner

A standard table runner goes glam when a variety of bells are aligned to spell out your favorite holiday word, whether it's Joy, Love, Hope, or Peace. For extra jingle, create a border of bells along both ends of the runner.

Dazzling Candle Holders

Add a little dazzle to a set of candlesticks by stringing bells around each candle or candleholder. They may not jingle -- but the bells' reflective sheen will give off a little extra glow.

Outdoor Decoration

Line up simple shepherd's hooks with oversize red jingle bells along the sidewalk or driveway to add a punch of color to a wintry landscape.

Jingle Bell Snowflakes

Jazz up the classic snowflake in an unexpected way using jingle bells.

Chair Decoration

String silver bells and an ornament or two on a length of silvery tinsel and drape across the back of a dining chair. Add the embellishment to just one chair for subtle sparkle or to all the chairs at the table for extra bling.

Stunning Card Display

Big bells can be used for more than their good looks and sweet sound. Tip them over to create the perfect perch for your holiday cards. This stand is a cinch to construct, and its designer look feels right at home on a mantel or tabletop.

Holiday Centerpiece

The size of these bells might be a bit over the top, but this centerpiece is made for high impact. A deep bowl cradles evergreen limbs, oversize bells, and red apples for a punchy contrast in size and color.

Easy Holiday Card

This card will jingle all the way to your recipient's mailbox. Simple grosgrain ribbon frames a neat square of layered handmade papers. To complete the look, arrange and glue miniature bells in a wreath shape and top them off with a tidy bow.

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