setting bells in putz church bell towers

When I began to make Putz churches, I had to devise a way to hang bells in the bell towers. Following is the method I use. The bells hang freely from a small chain and swing back and forth if the church is moved. Two examples…

Easter Putz Church

Yellow and Blue Putz Church

Basically, I make a ceiling for the bell tower and hang the bell from the ceiling. I assemble the ceiling and bell as a complete part before placing it in the tower.

Supplies needed:

  • Cardboard piece for the bell tower ceiling
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Acrylic paint
  • White Glue
  • Sand / optional for vintage-style texture
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter
  • Glitter tray
  • A small bell / The type I use are called “liberty bells” in craft supply stores. They are available in gold and silver.
  • Short piece of chain link
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose tweezers
  • Small jump ring
  • Hot glue gun

After cutting the pattern pieces, assemble the church to the point of placing the bell. If the pattern you are using doesn’t have a pattern piece for hanging the bell, cut one from cardboard that is the size and shape of your bell tower. The belltower I am using is a 3/4″ square, so I cut 3/4″ square of poster board.

Mark the center of the ceiling piece by drawing an X from the corners through the middle of the pattern piece.

building Putz houses

Use a sharp-pointed tool to drill a hole in the center of the ceiling piece. My tool is a bead reamer.

building Putz houses

Cut a small piece of chain.

building Putz houses

Attach the bell to the chain, using a small jump ring.

building Putz houses

building Putz houses

Paint the ceiling. Let it dry. Give it a second coat, and while the paint is still wet, coat it with glitter. When the paint is dry, reopen the hole, if needed. I also paint and glitter the inside of the bell tower because it is visible when the Putz church is finished.

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Pull the chain through the hole.

building Putz houses

Set the ceiling on top the tower structure.

building Putz houses

Adjust the chain until the bell sits where you want it.

building Putz houses

Hot glue into place by putting a glob of hot glue over the loose end of the chain. Place a thin line of glue around the edge of the ceiling. Make it thin so the steeple roof will be able to sit in place when assembled. Too much hot glue and the roof won’t fit properly.

building Putz houses

At this point, continue to assemble your Putz church. Here’s the one I made today. I still need to add a front walk and embellishments.

yellow and blue Putz church

I think the swinging bell adds a nice touch to the Putz church.

bell in the Putz church

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses and bottle brush trees of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz house tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

You can see my Putz houses and other Christmas ornaments in my Etsy shop.

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One Comment

  1. Mary W
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Ok, easy and hard with such small pieces. Thank you, I will need to remember this when I get skilled enough to tackle a church. Cross my fingers because I want a whole village.

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