Pilgram Hat Bell Ornaments are a festive decoration for your Thanksgiving table. If your looking for a crafy Thanksgiving project, these terra cotta Pilgram Hats outta’ do the trick. They require just a few inexpensive items, a little time and a touch of holiday cheer.
I’ve always been fascinated by the Pilgrims. I couldn’t imagine boarding a tiny boat, then traveling across the Atlantic Ocean in 1620. I would barely consider doing that now! Imagine arriving in a strange place after a long journey, with no one to welcome you. There were no houses, hospitals, hotels, or restaurants- not even a 7- Eleven. Yet, they had faith that God would sustain them. That’s why they’re rock stars in my eyes. My humble Hand Painted Pilgrim Hat Bell Ornament pays homage to the amazing hosts of our very first American Thanksgiving.
▪ 2” terra cotta flower pot
▪ Apple Barrel Paint – black #20404, pumpkin orange #20359E, hot rod red #20637E, real brown #20354E, bright green #20361#, light yellow #44845E
▪ DecoArt Americana Snow White
▪ Deco Art Galaxy Glitter Silver Moon (I was given free paint by DecoArt for a Christmas post – the Galaxy Glitter is amazing!)
▪ 1” sponge brush
▪ 1/4” flat paint brush
▪ liner brush
▪ 1” silver jingle bell
▪ 8” metallic stretch cord
▪ 8” rust orange jute string
▪ pearlized bead
▪ 1” piece of a reusable Pioneer Woman straw
▪ acrylic sealer (get one with a gloss finish)
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HAND PAINTED PILGRAM BELL ORNAMENTS
To honor those four women who prepared the very first Thanksgiving dinner, I made these fun bell ornaments. I’ll be setting them out as decorations for this years feast…. continue reading
HOW TO PAINT A PILGRAM HAT BELL ORNAMENT
Step 1: Using the 1” sponge brush, paint the flower pot with 3 coats of Black. Let everything dry. You can rush things along with a blow dryer if desired.
Step 2: Paint a Real Brown band below the rim of the pot with the 1/4” paint brush. The band will need several coats of paint.
Step 3: Paint a Light Yellow buckle with the liner brush.
Step 4: Paint some Real Brown tendrils, then Harvest Orange, Hot Rod Red, and Bright Green leaves (vary their shapes), using the liner brush. With Snow White and the liner brush, make a midrib line and stem for each leaf. Sign the ornament with your initials and the last two digits of this year with Snow White and the liner brush. Using the liner brush, paint Silver Glitter over the Yellow buckle. Even a Pilgrim Hat Bell Ornament needs a little shimmer.
Step 5: Once the ornament is completely dry, take it outside and spray it with acrylic gloss spray.
Step 6: Now its time to turn this flower pot into a bell! Place the 8″ metallic stretch cord through the loop on top of the 1″bell. Slide a 1″ piece of a Pioneer Woman reusable straw over the cord. This will keep your jingle bell where it’s supposed to be, rather than allowing it to slide into the flower pot when hung. My Jack-of-all-trades husband came up with this genius idea. Tie the cord, like you would tie off a balloon.
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Step 7: Push the metallic stretch cord string through the hole in the top of the flower pot from the inside. Slip the cord through a pearlized bead. Run the 8″ rust orange jute string between the top of the pearl and the knot on the metallic cord. Tie a bow (tightly!) with the jute string.
You’re all finished! I hope you enjoyed my Hand Painted Pilgrim Hat Bell Ornament tutorial!
Passionate about all things domestic, as a Christian wife and homeschooling mother of 5 children, I am especially interested in encouraging stay-at-home moms, one-income families, and cottage dwellers of all kinds. I love DIY projects, sewing, decorating, cooking, and collecting and selling vintage dishes. Read More…
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