Instructions for Making Tissue Paper Bells

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Instructions for Making Tissue Paper Bells
Use different colours of tissue to make a striking bell. (tissue paper image by Christopher Hall from

Tissue bells are common decorations at baby showers, wedding showers, spring or Easter parties and even at Christmas. There is something about the delicate shape of a honeycomb bell that simply says "party." Tissue bells can be purchased at many craft and party outlets, but they can also be made at home. When making your own tissue bells you get to choose the exact colour, shape and size of bell that best complements your party decor and theme.

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Things you need

  • Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Tissue paper
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Glue dots
  • Paper clips

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  1. 1

    Fold a piece of cardstock in half. Draw one side of a bell on the folded cardstock and include the clapper at the bottom.

  2. 2

    Punch a small hole at the top of the bell, going through both halves. Use this hole to hang the bell after it's finished.

  3. 3

    Cut out the half-bell with your scissors. Open the folded cardstock and you will have a complete bell shape.

  4. 4

    Stack 18 layers of tissue paper in a neat pile. Place the cardstock bell on top of the tissue paper stack and trace around it with a pencil. Cut along the pencil line with your scissors. Hold the layers of tissue securely and cut through all 18 sheets at once if you can; if not, divide the stack in half and cut nine sheets at a time.

  5. 5

    Cut through the crease line on the cardstock bell, cutting it exactly in half. Use a ruler or another straight edge if you need a guide to make a clean, straight cut. You'll be left with two shapes that look roughly like boots.

  6. 6

    Lay a thin line of glue completely around both boots. Place them side-by-side, snuggling them close together so they appear to be a bell again. Press one layer of tissue paper over the boots.

  7. 7

    Place dabs of glue, or the kind of small glue dots typically used in scrapbooking, around the outside edges of both boots. Do not apply glue to the centre line where the cardstock was cut; this is where the honeycomb bell will fold. Space the dots of glue approximately every 2 inches around the outer edges and press one sheet of tissue paper on top of the first.

  8. 8

    Attach more glue dots or dabs of glue stick on top of the second sheet of tissue paper, but place them between the original glue spots. Alternating where the tissue is glued together creates the honeycomb effect.

  9. 9

    Apply the third sheet of tissue by placing the dabs of glue over the original glue spots. Continue attaching sheets of tissue, alternating between the original glue placement and the second until all the tissue is used.

  10. 10

    Place a ruler in the centre of the bell where the two cardstock boots align. Carefully fold the bell in half, holding the ruler steady to help you make a straight, even fold. Slide the ruler out from the top in a gentle motion. Press down firmly to create a clean, crisp crease.

  11. 11

    Unfold the bell and align the cardstock boots together, one against the other. Secure the boots in place with one paper clip at the top and another at the bottom. String a ribbon through the hole at the top to hang the bell.

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