Jingle Bells

I purchased this NOEL picture about 15 years ago at a local festival. I used it in my Christmas decorations for many years. I had not used it in the last few years and I was thinking about getting rid of it. Then my friend (who also bought the same picture at the same festival—we do a lot of that...) showed me hers. It had water damage and she wanted some new artwork for it. Her daughter and I are working on that one which I will share in a future post. So I was inspired to redo mine as well.

I took the frame apart. The Noel sign was simply printed on a piece of paper with a cardboard backing.

I cut a piece of masonite to fit the frame and painted it with Waverly chalk paint in the Cashew color. I sealed it with a coat of Rustoleum matte topcoat.

I used the Jingle Bell artwork I had purchased from the Silhouette store.

I sized it to the frame and cut a stencil. I painted the stencil with copper acrylic paint.

I thought it needed to be aged a bit so I antiqued it.

I was gettin ready to put it back in the frame and then I decided it needed something else—jingle bells! I have an assortment of single sleigh bells that I find here and there—in the bottom of a box lot, at garage sales, just wherever I see them. I use them as ornaments on a little Christmas tree in my spare bathroom.

I drilled a couple of holes to make the sleigh bells look like they are hanging over the J.

I threaded a piece of twine through the holes.

And tied the sleigh bells to the twine.

I'm not sure I love the twine, I might try some ribbon or strips of leather in the future but for now, the twine will do.

I put it in the old frame and now it is finished! I am using this once again in my Christmas decor.

#jingle #bells #sleighbells #waverly #Chalkpaint #cashew #holidays #holiday #Noel #twine

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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.