If you’ve watched all the 2021 Christmas decor videos on Youtube, you’ll know that antique Christmas bells are trending and DIYing them has been the way to go. I saw Jenna Pierce do this last week on Youtube and was so impressed. Here’s the link to her video. https://youtu.be/LhpKahpzMsw
Today I found some sets of bells about 5″ tall in Early Settler (home decor store in Australia). The bells called me over and told me to paint them. Challenge accepted. Here’s what they looked like this morning…
I knew I’d have to separate them and this took forever (2 hours). I ended up breaking the metal off at the top of the rings. There’s a little left over but that’s okay and will be hidden by ribbon or a Christmas pick.
At this point the paint was easy to scratch off so I had to be careful with them. Not sure if priming the metal would have given me the same effect. I finished the three and took them back to the shop to show the ladies who served me. They loved them. I also bought the other set they had and repeated the process.
The value (darks and lights) of these objects are about the same (if this was a black and white photo you’d see what I mean). If I was to put these together as they are on a table, I’d want some dark and light items around it so they don’t blend together and look boring.
After I was notified I had to get a 3D breast scan after my first breast cancer screen, it was hard not to worry for 10 days until the appointment. It didn’t help that the screening was 2.5 hours away. It turned out to be normal but I needed some serious retail therapy, hence the hand carved tray.
After watching Valentina Fussell’s (House of Valentina) videos on hygge, I started a Pinterest board for hygge pictures. I’m finding I’m mindful to buy decor that fits in with what’s on my board and I’m liking it more as it fits in with the overall design style I’m creating for my home. While this tray of treasures looks fairly rustic, There’s metal, wood and greenery and some shiny bells. I look for different textures and things that will go with luxury, French country modern with a little timeless rustic. I like the timeless look so mixing styles will work well as long as it’s not overdone.
Here’s some detailed photos of one with the texture and how the paint reacted to the varnish.
Can’t wait to use them in a Christmas arrangement. I can’t believe they turned out this awesome! Thank you Jenna for the inspiration.