Hey, the WGA is still on strike so what the hell else am I going to do?
I don't make much that isn't directly inspired by someone else but this was all me, baby! I wanted sleigh bells to put on the little pull sled Huck rides in every day--our mail box is about a 1/4 mile walk from the house. So I came up with a plan for how to make them and it worked!
The basic gist is that it's a harness of sleigh bells made out of an old belt.
Go look in your closet. I'm betting that you probably have a belt from the 80's or 90's that is actually sized to go around your true waist. Let's face it, waistlines haven't been that high since Clinton got elected--the first time. Go ahead, put it on. Can you believe you wore that thing that high up?
I found 2 belts that wouldn't fit a single pair of my pants even on the last hole because the waists were about 3 inches below my true waist. And I'm not a thong-bearer by any stretch.
Of course, if you're still wearing your pants way up there, you can probably get a leather belt at a thrift store for about a buck.
Click on the "continue reading" link below for a full tutorial.
HOMEMADE SLEIGH BELL TUTORIAL
First gather everything you'll need.
An old leather belt
Large jingle bells (I used 12. They came in packages of 3 for $1.99. It's the only expense of the project.)
1 large wood screw
Needle nose pliers (not pictured)
STEP 1: Mark where you want your groups of bells. I used 2 or 3 in a bunch. You'll need 2 holes, approx 1/2 inch apart for each set of bells.
STEP 2: Tap in the screw on one of your hole markings.
STEP 3: Screw it all the way through the other side and back out again. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for each hole marking.
STEP 4: Unless you have a really giant wood screw, you'll probably need to open the hole a little bit more in order the thread the twine through. I used needle-nosed pliers but I bet a lot of household tools would work. An awl, ice pick, a kabob skewer, whatever you have on hand. And sure, if you have leather tools, or a punch, you won't be needing an ice pick and you'll be finished in half the time.
STEP 5: Tie 2 or 3 jingle bells to a long piece of twine. Thread the twine through one set of holes. This can be tough because twine wants to fray. Twist it, wet it, roll it in the direction it twists as you thread it...just work with it and you'll get it through. If you have something better than twine, use that instead. A leather thong would be ideal and toughest in the elements, but twine is the best thing I had in the house and it will do.
STEP 6: Tie off on the back. I triple knotted because that's the kind of freak I am. Repeat steps 5 & 6 for every set of holes.
And there you have it. A harness of sleigh bells, perfect for a child's pull sled, made out of an old leather belt that probably doesn't fit you anymore anyway. The whole thing took about an hour.