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Door Harp
By Patty Cox

Door harps originated in Scandinavia over 300 years ago. They are often given as wedding gifts signifying happiness in the house.

Main supplies:

  • Walnut Hollow ® 5” x 7” wooden frame
  • DecoArt® acrylic paint – yellow
  • Elmer’s ®Painters® Opaque Markers – orange, red, blue and green
  • Nine eye screws
  • Embroidery floss or yarn
  • 3 5/8” jingle bells

Basic Supplies:

  • T-pins
  • Elmer’s® Glue-All®
  • Optional: 4” x 6” corrugated paper.
  • Optional: 3-3” rubber bands
  • Sand paper
  • Ruler


  1. Sand rough areas of wood frame. Remove all dust. Paint wood frame yellow. Let dry. Lay pattern next to wood frame edge for design placement. Paint half dots around frame edge using orange marker. Paint a wavy line with the red marker. Paint half circles with the blue marker. Let dry.
  2. Eye Screws: Measure and mark placement for nine eye screws. Press a corsage pin or t-pin in the center of each mark, creating a “pilot” hole for each screw. Screw eye screws in position.
  3. Horizontal Bands: Cut three 12” lengths embroidery floss. Tie floss in square knots at eyes of three eye screws. Pull floss tightly to opposite eye screw. Tie tightly in square knots. Dot all knots with glue.
  4. Jingle Bells: Cut three 12” lengths embroidery floss. Tie each end in a square knot to a jingle bell. Dot knots with glue. Cut floss tails. Tie each string on a top eye screw, varying the lengths of string as shown in photo. Place the jingle bells over the center of each horizontal band. Knot floss on eye screw with a square knot. Dot knot with glue, Cut floss tail.
  5. Optional: Cut a 4” x 6” piece of corrugated paper. Glue in center back of frame.

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