I fell in love with this super cute Silver Bells Swag in the Pottery Barn Christmas catalog recently…

Besides the $69 price tag, it was almost immediately unavailable!  So, I decided to make my own:)

Here’s how I made my own version for under $15!

My supplies:

Branches from outside: $Free

Bushel of garland: Michael’s $2.50 (all Christmas items are 50% off)

Burlap garland: Michael’s $2.00

Silver Bells: Hobby Lobby $5.00 each (also after a 50% off Christmas items sale)

Medium jingle bells:  Michael’s $1.50


I spray painted about 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint on the branches.

I then cut the branches down to the size I wanted and bunched about three together at a time.  I used these twist ties to keep the individual bunches together.

Next, I attached all of the bunches together with a thin jute.

I unfolded the garland and cut it into 4 equal strips

and I arranged them on top of the branches cutting them down as I went.

I also used a thin string of jute to attach the garland strips to the branches.

Now for the fun:)

I put a tiny bit of hot glue on each jingle bell

and arranged them on the garland.

Next, I tied each silver bell to the existing twine at the top of the swag.  (I did hot glue the bells together afterwards so they wouldn’t get blown around in the wind).

How I made a bow with the burlap garland:

I folded one end over a bit to make one loop

and then tied a small string of jute to cinch it up.

I followed with the same steps on the other side and that was it!  I just hot glued it above the silver bells and secured with a little bit more jute from the top of the swag!

That was it!  This project is all about hot glue and it took about an hour to piece together.  I am in LOVE with it:)


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  1. This is a goood. I was viewing this on my phone yesterday but wanted to make sure I came back and commented. It’s a simple, classic piece that will last for years. Job well done.

  2. Wow. I can not believe how you got the same exact look of the PB one with just a fraction of the price!

  3. I love this! you did a great job! I bet you could even tarnish the bells to give it that old time-y look! Well you have given me the inspiration to go outside in the cold & look for some branches!! 🙂

  4. This looks great! Question – the black door you put it on – did you distress that? if so, do you have a tutorial on it???

  5. Wow! Very simply elegant…I can’t believe the burlap garland is only $2.00 at your Michaels. I bought a few rolls to put on our Thanksgiving banquet tables for $4.99/roll. Then had to remove it from the table because it smelled so bad like petroleum…NOT very good while eating!!! This is a great alternative idea… since I have 6 ROLLS!!!

  6. I love this! While getting all my decorations out this morning, I discovered some very large red jingle bells. I have the branches that were cut from the bottom of our tree and some burlap. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. This turned out so well! It is just like the Pottery Barn version! We would love for you to share this at our Home for the Holidays link party! I know our readers would love it!


  8. I love it! I’m going to try this. Thanks for making it look so easy. Now, to not burn myself with the hot glue gun. Wish me luck! Linda