DIY Santa’s Lost Sleigh Bell Ornament

Have you ever read the book or seen the movie, The Polar Express?

I loved that book while growing up and the concept that you can hear bells rings if you still believe in Santa. I have mentioned before how much I loved Christmas last year with nieces and nephews who still believed in Santa.

So, this year, for the Morrell ornament exchange, I decided to let that influence this ornament. Also, I wanted to continue a theme of clear ornaments.

1 bag fake snow
1 bag tiny bells
2 spools of ribbon
24 clear, plastic ornaments

1) Take off the tops of the ornaments and funnel a little bit of fake snow into it.
2) Place a small bell in. It should barely be covered by snow, but still audible if you shake it.

3) Print out the phrase, “If you believe, you’ll be able to see and hear Santa’s lost sleigh bell.”

4) Cut the strips out and carefully hole punch the end.

5) Curl the strips of paper. I just wrapped them around a pencil.

6) Now here is the tricky part. Each lid of the ornament as a wiry hook. You can actually pinch this and pull it out of the lid. Put the slip of paper in the hook, then place the hook back through the lid and lace the lid back on the ornament.

7) Cut out ribbon and tie a nice, perfect bow on the ornaments.

And there you have it. Santa’s lost sleigh bell in a pile of snow for you to hear–if you still believe!

However, there is a sad tale that goes with these. I had shipped these all off to my MIL before Thanksgiving, as she collects them all and redistributes them early December. But, for some reason, it took 2 whole weeks (regardless of the fact that Thanksgiving weekend was part of that) to get from Utah to Georgia. I got a text from my MIL saying that the box had been opened and that only half of the two dozen ornaments I sent were there, and all were badly damaged! I felt so bad that my amazing idea that I was sooo very proud of wouldn’t be shared! So, hopefully, you’ll have better luck than I will with these!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear your ornaments didn't make their destination. They were so cute! I love this idea.

  2. Such a cute ornament, Tayler–Polar Express is one of my favorite Christmas movies and this is such a great idea! So sorry that they didn't make it through transit. 🙁

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