Liberty Bell How To

Once upon a time, we found a pin...
Unfortunately, it led to nowhere. If it's yours, please let us know! We loved it and are firm believers in giving credit where credit is due.

We've been studying American Symbols as part of our Social Studies learning and knew our class would love making Liberty Bells similar to the pin above. Unfortunately, we couldn't personally get the aluminum foil to look as pretty as the pin above, so we were worried that our first graders would have a hard time too.

We thought and thought, and finally the bells went off!
We put our own twist on Liberty Bells, and our kids loved them.

Here's What We Did...
 We found cardboard planting pots at the 99 Cents Store. The texture and thickness is PERFECT!
They looked crackly and lovely. We were excited.
On Day 1, we set up a painting station at the table outside of our classroom.
 We showed them how to paint a "pot puppet" by putting it over their hand, or by holding it down, getting a little dirty and painting it on the table. We used yellow tempera paint and the paint job was quick ~ 2 coats was plenty with the foam brushes.

 Once dry, we prepped the pots and materials for the next phase.
 We found small jingle bells, brown scrapbook cardstock by the sheet and blue glittery pipe cleaners at Michaels. We were excited. Poke 2 holes in the bottom of the painted pot before you begin.
 Cut one square 3 1/2 x 4 inches wide. This will be the rolling piece. Cut another piece 1 x 3 inches. This will be the Liberty sign.
Have them roll their larger brown paper around their pencil. 
They were very proud to figure this trick out!
String the bell onto the pipe cleaner, then thread it up through the open end of the pot, now bell~One end per hole. Hold the bell against the side of the inside pot while twisting the pipe cleaner at the top to hold it in place.
Place the rolled brown paper in between the pipe cleaner tails and twist again. A few needed adult help, but most of them were able to figure this out by watching a few times.
Add the crack with a Sharpie, and of course a brad for one of the bolts that tried to fix the crack in the bell. They loved this part! We poked the brad through for them and they opened the arms of the brad inside the pot themselves. 

Use the same Sharpie to print the word "Liberty" on the smaller brown paper and attach it to the front of the roll. We used glue dots to attach ours.
We decided to string our Liberty Bells onto blue yarn and hang them like a garland above our American Symbols bulletin board. Bald Eagles are from Deanna Jump {here}. We used duct tape on the ends to keep them in place. The tape is hiding up on the window sills, but has been there for over a week and no bells have cracked yet. :)
Fluttering Through First Grade


  1. I love the way you strung the bells together! Im sure the kids are so proud of their work.

  2. Incredible project! I am pinning this so I know exactly where to find it when I teach US symbols in the Spring! Thanks so much for sharing such an adorable project :)

    Lucky to Be in First

  3. Ohhh my gosh. I love this! I'll definitely be doing these in the spring.

  4. Oh, I have to do that next year!! I love it!! :)

  5. Girls - those look great hanging over your bald eagles..I love the tutorial. Such a cute project. :o)

  6. Love those! I saw the pin with the foil and all I could picture is my kiddos ripping the foil as they tried to put it on. Thanks for an alternative!
    Teachin' First

  7. Those bells are adorable and you are so creative!
    Granny Goes to School

  8. Ladies, those are just so clever!!! Love, love, love! Will do these when we get to this topic in Social Studies! Thanks for the great idea!!!

    Love to you!
    First Grade and Flip Flops

  9. Those are very sweet bells. I can see doing something similar for Christmas bells. Thanks!

  10. Ladies, those are absolutely fabulous! What a fresh project for American symbols! Bonus that they ring, too. ;-) Love that. As a native Philadelphian, I give your project two thumbs up! Hopefully the pin person finds your awesome shout out. :-)


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