Paper Cup Bell

Make a Christmas bell out of a paper cup. Decorate your room for the holidays with this lovely bell or use it as a working musical instrument for performances and class activities.
Paper Cup Bell craft


  • Paper cup
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Big beads
  • Round bell or jingle bell
  • Gift ribbons
  • Poster paint or acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter
  • Scissors

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Paper Cup Bell Ask for an adult's help.1. Use a pencil to punch a small hole at the bottom of a paper cup.
Step 2 Paper Cup Bell 2. Paint the paper cup with poster paint or if it cup has a glossy or waxy surface, use acrylic paint.

Gold, silver or red are great for making a Christmas-themed bell.
Step 3 Paper Cup Bell 3. For added sparkle, you may sprinkle some glitter while the paint is still wet.

*Or you may brush over a layer of glitter glue after the paint has dried.
Step 4 Paper Cup Bell Ask for an adult's help.4. Create the pendulum by making a small loop on one end of a pipe cleaner. Attach a 3-inch long string to the loop.
Step 5 Paper Cup Bell 5. Connect a round bell at the end of the string. Use a larger bell than shown in photo if you want your finished craft to be a usable/working bell.
Step 6 Paper Cup Bell 6. Insert the free end of the pipe cleaner through the hole at the base of the paper cup. Insert all the way through until the entire length of the pipe cleaner is pulled out. The loop you made earlier on the pipe cleaner will provide as a stopper.
Step 7 Paper Cup Bell 7. String 1 big bead through the pipe cleaner.
Step 8 Paper Cup Bell Ask for an adult's help.8. Loop the pipe cleaner and fasten it just above the bead.
Step 9 Paper Cup Bell 9. Cut a satin ribbon and tie it into a bow above the bead.
Paper Cup Bell 10. Hang the bell as a Christmas tree ornament or use it as a musical instrument for Christmas performances and class activites.

More Ideas

Beaded Paper Cup Bell Make a beaded paper cup bell. String several beads before making the loop (as shown in photo) or string the beads along the entire loop handle.
Paper Cup Bell with Curled Ribbons Instead of tying the ribbon into a bow, you can also make some flowing fabric ribbons on top of the bell.

Learn how to curl fabric ribbons here.