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Bell Wreath

Bell Wreath

Description:   The Bell Wreath features a bell shaped area in the center combined with a brushed fringe as the wreath.  A small metal bell can be added on the inside to give this unique wreath a musical jingle.

Only basic knots are used for this wreath ornament, so this is an easy project suitable for beginners.

Make sure the material you use is the type that can be unraveled and brushed to form the wreath.   The material used in the example is Bonnie Braid with metallic fibers.

The finished size is approximately 5 inches tall and 7 inches wide.

Supplies Needed:
  • 6 mm cord material (35 yards)
  • One 3-inch ring
  • One 7-inch ring
  • Small metal bell (optional)
  • Project Board and pins
  • Fabric Glue that dries clear
Knots Used:


  • Cut 16 cords, each 45 inches long
  • Cut 16 cords, each 20 inches long
  • Cut 2 cords, each 30 inches long
  • Cut 16 cords, each 8 inches long

There is no need to prepare the tips if using braided cord.  When using twist style material, tie Overhand knots at the tips.

Designer's Tip:  You can make changes to the ring size of the Bell Wreath if you want a larger design.  Cut the 45-inch cords as you mount them to the small ring.  This way you will cut only the amount that can fit on the ring. 

The number of cords you cut need to be a multiple of 4  (12, 16, 20, etc.)

If you want to increase the height of the bell design, cut the cords longer.  Tie additional rows of ASK in step 7.


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 The Hanger

Overhand Knot

Step 1:  Begin the knotted hanger for the Bell Wreath by folding one 30-inch cord in half. Tie an Overhand knot. 

Adjust the knot so there is a 1/2-inch loop.


Tie a second Overhand knot below the first.  Tighten firmly.

All the Square Knots (SK) in the Bell Wreath pattern will be made following the directions below:

Step 2: Fold a new 30-inch cord in half and secure the center of it under the first cord. 

The two halves of the new cord are used to tie the SK.  The two from the loop are the fillers.

Left Half

Move the left half of the new cord to the right, passing over the fillers and under the right half of the same cord.

Right Half

Move the right half under the fillers. Pass it over the left half of the cord as you pull it left.

Tighten firmly.

Left Half

The two halves of the working cord have switched places.  So you need to make the second half of the Square knot in the opposite direction:

Move the left half of the new cord to the left, passing it over the fillers and under the right half.

Right Half

Bring the right half of the cord under the fillers and over the left half as you pull it to the right. 

Tighten firmly.

Step 2, continued:  Tie 2 to 4 more Square knots to complete the hanger for the Bell Wreath.


Mounting Cords to Small Ring

Step 3:  Attach each of the 45-inch cords to the ring with a reverse Larks Head Knot, as shown below:

Fold Cord

Fold one cord in half and place it under the 2-inch ring as shown.  


Bend the folded area forward over the ring. 

Pass the ends over the folded area of the cord and pull them toward you.

Tighten firmly.


Arrange the cords into 4 groups of 8.  The four groups should form and X shape.

As you attach the hanger in the next step, the fillers (F) will be attached to the top and bottom of the ring, between the groups of long cords.

The working cords (WC) will be attached on each side.

Step 3, continued:  Place the hanger inside the ring (upright).  Secure it so it cannot move.  Arrange the four cords in the spaces shown on the image above, placing them under the ring. 

Move the other cords out of the way as you tie the next set of knots.

Half Hitch

Select one of the filler cords so you work in the front area of the ring first.

Make a Half Hitch, passing it over - under the ring.

As you pull it toward you, bring it over the cord.  Tighten firmly.

Half Hitch

Tie a second Half Hitch to the right of the first.  Make sure the cord comes out between the two knots.

Attach the remaining cords from the hanger to the ring in the same way.  Remember that the other filler cord is attached to the back of the ring and the working cords are attached to the sides.

Designer's Tip:  When you attach the cords to the large ring for the Bell Wreath, you will use Double Half Hitches again.

Tie Ends Together

Turn the ring upside down so you are working in the back Locate the four hanger cords.

Combine two cords on the right and left to tie 2 Overhand knots.

Apply glue as you tighten the second knot. When it's dry, cut off the excess material.

Designer's Tip:  The small bell can be attached where the Overhand knot is located, but you need to wait until the Bell Wreath design is almost finished.

Do not attach it now because it will get in the way.
You will need to use a piece of wire to attach the bell, since they usually have small holes.  It can be tied around the Overhand knot.

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Creating the Bell

The main area of the Bell Wreath is made with alternating rows of Square Knots.  I added picots to some of them to make the design more interesting. 

This is optional if you prefer not to tie them at all.  In that case, just tie regular SK.

First Row

Step 4:  Tie the first row of Square knots using groups of four cords.   Each knot should have two working cords and two fillers.

While tightening, pull on the fillers so the SK will rest against the knots on the ring.


Step 5:  Mentally number the cords from two knots resting next to each other.   Use cords 3 and 4 from the SK on the left combined with 1 and 2 from the right. 

Tie a new Square knot with the 4 alternated cords.

Tighten it 1-inch below the first row of Square knots.

Second Knot

Tie a second Square Knot using the same four cords.

The two knots should rest 1-inch apart if you want to form picot loops.

Tie the knots close together if you don't want picots.


Slide the second knot toward the first one while holding the filler cords.

This will form the two picot loops.

Alternate Picots

Step 5, continued: Use the remaining cords to tie the rest of the second row, but don't put the picots next to each other.

In every other group you should tie the two SK so they rest close together.

Row 3

Step 6:  Alternate the cords again to tie the third row.

Move down 1-inch and tie one SK with the alternated cords. 

Repeat with the remaining cords.


Step 7:  Repeat steps 5 and 6 to create the 4th and 5th rows of the Bell Wreath design. 

In row 4, the groups used to make the picots need to be opposite from those in row 2. 

So if there is a picot design in row 2, tie the two SK in row 4 without them.

Important: The Square Knot design for the Bell Wreath will begin to bend upward in a dome as you complete step 7.  Don't try to make the design lie flat. 

I recommend you secure the knots in one row while tying those in the next one.     


Lower Ring

Now it's time to attach the cords to the lower ring for the Bell Wreath. 

You do so with the Double Half Hitch, just as you attached the hanger to the upper ring.


Step 8:  Attach the small metal bell onto the hanger if you decided to use one. 

Slide the 7-inch ring over the top of the bell and move it down so it rests on your board.  Make sure all the cords rest under it as you organize them into the groups you finished with in step 7.

Attach Cords

Attach each cord to the large ring with a Double Half Hitch.  It's best if you attach 4 cords at a time, placing them so they rest close to the SK in the last row.

Tighten all these knots firmly.  There will be space between each set of knots, which will be filled in later.

Step 8, continued:  When all the cords are attached to the ring, turn it over so you can reach inside. 

Apply glue to the back of all the knots and allow it to dry before moving on.


The Wreath

Now it's time to create the brushed area at the bottom of the Bell Wreath. 

Fill In Spaces

Step 9:  Attach two 20-inch cords into each of the 8 spaces between the DHH using reverse Larks Head knots (same technique as in step 3). 

Use each half of the new cords to tie 1 Half Hitch on either side of the Larks Head knot. 

Step 9, continued:  Slide two 8-inch cords through spaces around the SK resting against the inside of the ring.  The spaces are indicated with (X) in the image above.

Match the ends so they are folded at the center.


Unravel and brush all the cords one at a time.

Do the same with the 8-inch pieces that are not attached to the ring, but hold both ends as you brush. 

Completed Wreath

Trim the cords as needed. You can use the scraps to fill in some of the thin areas.  Just slide them through spaces on the inside of the ring.

This is what the Bell Wreath should look like when you are through.

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