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DIY Sleigh Bells From Old Belts

DIY Sleigh Bells From Old Belts

Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh…..

There’s nothing like the sound of sleigh bells to remind us of the holiday season.  I’ve hung these DIY Sleigh bells from doorknobs, laid them across mantels or a snow-covered piles of wood.  I even put them on my horses when I go out on sleigh rides, it’s the best sound you’ll ever hear!

DIY Sleigh Bells From Old Belts – Tutorial

Tools & Supplies:

  • Old belt (I found mine at the thrift store)
  • A long leather cord or lace (you can use a leather shoelace or buy cord at the craft store)
  • Bells
  • Leather hole punch or a hand drill with bits
  • Scissors


Punching the holes into the leather and adding the leather laces:

First, cut your belt to the length you want it to be.  I used a pair of scissors.

Next, using your hole punch (or hand drill), make holes where you want your bells to be.

Now, thread the cord through the hole in the leather.

Last, tie a knot in the cord on the backside of the belt close to the end of the cord.

Adding the Bells:

First, slide a bell through the cord on the front side of the belt.

Next, thread the cord back through the same hole.

Now, pull tight and thread the cord through the next hole, continuing as before.

You can see I’ve threaded a second bell onto the cord below.

Next, thread the cord back through the hole again as before.

Now, pull the cord tight making sure the bell are tightly secured. Continue until you have added all the bells to the remaining holes.

When you’re finished it should all look like this.  Make sure the cord is tight in-between all the bells to prevent them from sagging.  Sometimes the cord can stretch a little so I go back and double check in-between all the bells before finishing.

Last, tie a knot in the end of the cord and clip off the excess.

Now you are finished and ready to hang your sleigh bells!

Happy Holidays to you! 

Thank you for visiting me today!  I love to hear from you!

DIY Sleigh Bells From Old Belts

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  1. I love this so much and happen to have a stash of old belts and bells! Great idea and love the rustic charm. Pinned 🙂

  2. I love how you did these bells from a belt. What a great idea and super tutorial.
    Please stop by Over The Moon party since you are being featured.
    Have a lovely week.

  3. Such a clever idea! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

  4. Audrey

    Wow, great idea! I want to make this for my front porch! Thank you for sharing your idea!

  5. Love it! Thanks for joining us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party, see you next week!

  6. This is such a great project, Tiffany! I love it! I’ll be featuring it at tomorrow’s Vintage Charm Party! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  7. Fantastic idea! I keep bells on my front door year round.

  8. What an awesome idea, turned out great! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 19.

  9. What a fabulous idea, Tee! Your sleigh bells look so pretty. This decoration is a great way to repurpose old belts and bells too. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I hope you are having a safe and happy Christmas. Hugs!

  10. ********************************************************
    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  11. Very creative! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  12. Hello, this is one of my favorites for Encouraging Hearts and Home, this week! I hope you stop by and say hello, this post has been pinned! Thank you for being a part of Encouraging Hearts and Home, we appreciate all that you share. Have a great week ahead!

  13. What a great project!! Looks really fantastic!! Very vintage looking!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

  14. Love this idea -so creative and a great way to reuse old belts. Thanks for sharing at The Homestead Blig Hop!

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