Saturday, December 1, 2018

Faux Vintage Enamelware Bells

Enamelware was the first mass-produced American kitchenware

Production began in the 1870s, and continued through the 1930s.

It comes in many colors. In my experience white is the most popular

and the easiest to still find. I usually find pieces with red trim and that has

always been my favorite.

Here is an example of the Red and White Enamelware.
I saved it from someone's junk pile because the lid was missing...who cares not me....
just used it as a planter anyway : )

I found some white Enamel-type Christmas bells

at the Dollar Tree.

The bells looked pretty good as is but I decided they needed

a little something to make them even better.

So I got some ribbon


and a red

and black Sharpie.

I used a red Sharpie first to draw along the middle of the bell

where there would be a ring of color.

Then I came back over a few places with the black Sharpie to give it a

more natural aged, chippy farmhouse look.

I made a small bow and hot glued it over the existing burlap bow.

I made some black and some red enamel and I used black and white ribbon and

red and white ribbon.

The red enamel bells were my favorite.

I like to carefully hold the lighter close to the ribbon to seal the edge.

This only works on synthetic ribbon.

I hung them over the mantle.

Put them on the tree.

Tried them out on the door knobs.....

I hung them over stockings.

I added them to my table setting.

I like the Red best !
I hope you enjoyed this little upcycle from the Dollar Tree.

Thanks so much!
xo Lisa S


  1. Lisa, These are adorable. I am hooked on vintage as well, and I really like the bells. Remind me of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life"...every time a bell rings, an Angel gets his wings..Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas! Beauty on a budget, you can't beat that. Have a blessed week, Karla

    1. Karla, What a sweet comment! You made my day.
      Thanks for visiting come back soon :) xo Lisa S

  2. Wow! You did an awesome job on these. If you had not shown the "distressing" & color you added, I would have thought they were real old enamelware bells. It breaks my heart to hear someone had trashed the old coffee pot. Happy you rescued it. thanks

    1. Mary,
      I am so glad you like the bells they look even better in person. I always look for cast offs at sales, sometimes you can find something interesting. Thank you for your kind words! xo Lisa S

  3. My grandmother had the red and white enamel pans, my mother had several basins. I had to smile when I saw your bell! Will look for them on my next trip to Dollar Tree!

    1. Kathy,
      I love the red and white too! I hope you can find some bells. If not this Christmas they will be back again next year. xo Lisa S

  4. Oh my gosh this vintage enamelware lover thinks those bells are amazing!! I just love enamelware either faux or real so I love these!!! Nice job!

    1. Susan,
      I really appreciate your sweet comment! Thank you so much. It's so nice to meet you. xo Lisa S

  5. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  6. How cute. To bad my Dollar Tree is stripped clean of Christmas ornaments. Thanks for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party.

    1. Thanks Debra- My dollar tree keeps restocking, each time
      I go in I get more ideas-ugh- I just need to stop going in :0 xo Lisa S


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