Jingle Bell Jewelry Set (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This jolly jewelry set features clusters of jingle bells on a cha-cha bracelet and earrings.

I used a mid-weight antiqued brass chain as the base for the bracelet and earrings.

The bracelet has lots of movement:

Jingle bell cha-cha bracelet, Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and has a comfortable, pretty drape effect:

Jingle bell cha-cha bracelet, from Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The earrings echo the pattern of the bracelet:

Jingle Bell cha-cha earrings, from Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and have lots of movement when you turn your head:

Jingle Bell cha-cha earrings, from Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

For all the pieces in this jewelry set, I’m using jingle bells in three sizes – 15mm, 10mm, and 5mm:

Bells for Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I think having variety of bell sizes makes the design better.

I purchased them in this package at a Hobby Lobby craft store.

The package had 25 of each of the three bell sizes (75 bells total):

Bells for Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

From August through the end of December, you should be able to find all kinds, sizes, and colors of jingle bells in craft stores.

(And remember that most of the major craft stores in the U.S. have a weekly coupon for 40% off one item.)

How to Make a
Jingle Bell Cha-Cha Bracelet:

Supplies for the Bracelet:

Supplies for Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Jingle bells in 3 sizes – I used 9 of each size for my bracelet:
    15mm size
    10mm size
    5 mm size.
  • Chain for the bracelet
    Chain length should be the measurement of your wrist plus 1″ (25mm). So for a 7″ wrist measurement, use an 8″ chain.
    I used a chain with link size approximately 9mm x 7mm.
  • Medium to large jump rings that will fit through the loops on the bells.
    I used 9 jump rings in 10mm size.
  • 2 small, sturdy jump rings – one for each end of the bracelet.
    I used 5mm size jump rings.
  • Clasp for the bracelet – I used a 12mm size lobster clasp.
  • Flat nose and chain nose pliers for opening and closing jump rings.

Making the Bracelet:

After cutting your chain to bracelet size, it’s time to add the jingle bells.

For my bracelet, I used 9 clusters of bells.

Each cluster has 1 large bell, 1 medium bell, and 1 small bell – all strung onto a 10mm jump ring:

Cluster of bells for Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

I skipped the first few links of the chain, so that the clasp on the finished bracelet would be easier to fasten without bells getting in the way.

After stringing the first cluster of three bells onto a jump ring, attach the jump ring to the link on your bracelet where you want the bells to start:

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your bracelet should look like this:

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now skip a link in the chain, and then attach a cluster of 3 bells into the next link in the chain:

Adding more bell clusters to Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Continue adding clusters of bells in every second chain link:

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . until you have the same number of empty chain links on each end of the bracelet:

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time to attach the clasp ends.

On one end of the bracelet chain, we’ll attach a small jump ring.

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open one of your small jump rings.

Attach the jump ring to one end of your bracelet chain, and use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut again:

Attaching clasp ends to Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then move to the other end of your bracelet chain to attach the clasp.

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open one of your small jump rings.

String the clasp onto the jump ring, and then string the jump ring onto the last link of the bracelet chain.

Then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut again:

Attaching clasp ends to Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished Jingle Bell cha-cha bracelet should look something like this:

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Make
Jingle Bell Cha-Cha Earrings:

Supplies for the Earrings:

Supplies for Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Jingle bells in 3 sizes – for this pair of earrings I used:
    2 large bells (15mm size)
    8 medium bells (10mm size)
    8 small bells (5mm size).
  • 2 pieces of chain, each 5 chain links long.
    I used chain with link size about 9mm x 7mm – the same chain I used for the Jingle Bell bracelet.
  • 12 medium size jump rings that that will fit through the loops on the bells.
    I used 8mm size.
  • A pair of earwires.
    I made earwires from my free tutorial, Easy Fancy Earwires (Tutorial).
  • Flat nose and chain nose pliers for opening and closing jump rings.

Making the Jingle Bell Earrings:

We’ll make one earring at a time.

After cutting your piece of earring chain, it’s time to add a large jingle bell to one end of the earring chain.

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open one of your 8mm jump rings, and string one large (15mm) jingle bell onto the jump ring.

Thread the jump ring onto one end of your earring chain.

Then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring closed again:

Making earrings for Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

For the remaining earring chain links, we’ll attach one jingle bell cluster into each link.

Each cluster will have two bells – one medium bell (10mm size) and one small bell (5mm size).

Attach one of these two-bell clusters to the second link in the chain (just above the link that has the big bell):

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Attach a two-bell cluster to the third link in the chain:

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Attach a two-bell cluster to each of the remaining links in the earring chain:

Making earrings for Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The big bell is the bottom of the earring.

Now it’s time to attach the earwire to the top of the earring chain.

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open one of your jump rings:

Making earrings for Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

String the opened jump ring through the top link of the earring chain, and then through the earwire’s loop.

Then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring closed again:

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The first earring is finished!

Make the second earring the same way.

Your finished Jingle Bell cha-cha earrings may look something like this:

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Jingle Bell Jewelry Set - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Great ideas for Christmas. One question: are the earrings heavy to wear with so many bells? I guess we could use fewer bells.

  2. Thank you, Barbara! To make the earrings lighter-weight, you could use smaller bells, or fewer bells (as you mentioned), and a chain that’s shorter and thinner.

  3. The jingle bells that make noise may get on your nerves. I make & wore a pair of earrings once, & l love jingle bells, just not at my ears!

  4. These are perfect for Christmas! I need to make them. thank you for sharing

  5. Catherine says:

    Those are beautiful Rena! I would have never thought about bells. When I’m in craft area of store, I always see pretty bells, but always walked by them. Very creative and Christmaseee!

  6. I do not think I will make earrings with bells, but you have just given me a great idea with other beads, which may be less noisy. Such fun to get ideas from your newsletter!

  7. Irith, thank you so much for your lovely compliment on the newsletter! And I’d love to see how your earrings turn out using beads instead of bells. 🙂

  8. Thank you, Catherine! When I saw the package of bells, I immediately thought, “hey, those are jewelry size!” LOL

  9. Catherine says:

    Rena, I love noisy, jingle sounds. I have a large key chain that drives my Mom crazy, but I love the sound. I’m always trying to find wind chimes that make jingle sounds. I love your idea!

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