Tubular (cardboard) bells!

This is really easy. Get a sturdy cardboard tube. Pierce holes at regular intervals round the outside. Using a needle and thread attach bells to tube. Hey presto…a cheap and very cool little instrument.

I got my cardboard tube from inside a roll of binbags. I reckon you could do this with a toilet roll tube but it may not last as long. Wrapping paper tubes would also work pretty well.

If you are handy with a pair of knitting needles then make some knitted ankle cuffs too!

I used a fairly thick thread to attach the bells to the tube. Please bear in mind they do come off from time to time so take care around little ones.

Keep your eyes peeled because I am doing a guest post over at ohmyhandmade.com in the next week which is very exciting.

I also want to do a big shout out for Michelle at michelemademe.blogspot.com. Michelle used my crocodile design to make some edible art – check it out!


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  1. oh! This is VERY cute!! And I have lots of bells left over from Xmas decor!! Pip Squeak will LOVE this! Thank you!!


  2. Hi Kate, Maggy told me to check out your site, she said she thought I’d like it, and she was right! I love your ideas and they are beautifully presented, I can see your art training shining through. I’m also a UK craft blogger, we seem to be in the minority, so it’s nice to come across a quality British craft blog. Keep up the great work. Scott :-)

    • Mikaela Abulencia #

      I know right they are awesome

  3. Kate #

    Thank you Maggy & Scott! Wonderful to ‘meet’ your blog Scott…it’s very cool…drawings are ace! :)

  4. Love it. My one-year-old niece loves to shake her jingle-stick thing we found at the dollar store…but I fear it is not very safe….this is a much friendlier alternative –thanks for sharing!

  5. great idea!!!

  6. Hi, just found you via Craft Schooling Sunday. I love these bells – and the zingy pink inside. We’re big fans of upcycled toys over at NurtureStore. Thanks for the idea. Cathy :)

  7. LOVE it! So gonna do this, along with the ankle cuffs. I’m just waiting on the perfect yarn.


  8. fantastic idea. I can hear the sound already.

  9. How fun! I did something similar to this for Kaboose.com a year or so ago :)

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it’s a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I would love it if you’d stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don’t post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like! http://funfamilycrafts.com/

  10. lulub #

    My daughter, when she was still in the put everything in her mouth stage, cut the inside of her lip on a bell like this. Just be cautious :) very cute idea!

  11. Becky #

    I wonder if you could put them on by pulling a pipe cleaner through the tube. That might make them stay on better and be safer for little ones. It shouldn’t matter if the pipe cleaners go across the inside of the tube. Off to try it!

  12. KItty Kat #

    Where do you get the bells from?☺

    • Kate #

      Hi Kitty,

      Most craft stores have them. Otherwise try ebay (search ‘craft bells’) ^_^

  13. Sarah #

    I feel silly asking this but did you sew through the tube? if so, How did get your hand that low? Or did you secure the bell from the outside with a side stitch?

    • Kate #

      Hi Sarah,

      If memory serves me correct I used a really short needle! You can just attach the bells to elastic bands and then wrap them round as an easier alternative ^_^

  14. Great idea! Your site is so lovely, too. So much for getting anything cleaned this morning…looks like I’ll be here instead. ;)


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  16. 80’s all over again

  17. I love this idea! It’s one of the most unique homemade instruments I’ve seen around. Pinned and sharing.

  18. Jennifer #

    Thank you, I will be doing this ativites with my niece she is four years old and
    I m attend college classes early children child and this web site pop up
    I cant Waite to show my nieces .

  19. Amelia #

    Too cute! My daughter has a music project so I can show her this! And very creative.

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