Color-Coded Hand Bell Music Sheets For All Ages

by Mel

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These printable Hand Bell songs are the perfect companion to your colored Hand Bell sets. Large, color-coded notes will make playing the hand bells easy for all ages! 

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Classic Hand Bell Songs

A few years ago, my friend brought some hand bells and music sheets to our 3rd Advent Talent Night. (Don’t know what advent night is? It’s one of our all time favorite Christmas traditions because it helps us slow down and focus on what’s important!)  Our memorable Advent Night ended with our entire group singing Christmas songs while playing hand bells. It was spiritual, fun, and definitely brought the Christmas spirit.

And that’s when we became hooked with hand bells! You see, I’m not one with great musical talent. But hand bells, that I can do!

In fact…

Anyone can play the hand bells, unless you are color blind, I suppose.

I talked all about our Christmas Hand Bells songs here,  but so many of you requested Hand Bell songs for year-round play! I’m happy to report that a Color-Coded Hand Bell Music: Classics version is available here!

Color-Coded-Hand-Bell-Songs-ClassicsWHICH HAND BELL SET TO BUY?

When I started looking into hand bell sets, I was surprised to see so many options out there. You can purchase a full spectrum of notes such as one like this 20-Note Complete Chromatic Handbell Set or a 13-Note Complete Chromatic C-c Handbell Set. 

However, for our purposes of playing Hand bells at Christmas time and a few other times throughout the year,  a simple 8-note hand bell set would work just fine.  If you don’t plan to become a famous hand bell choir, an 8-note hand bell set is what you should get.

Amazon has the best price for hand bell sets that I’ve seen. This 8-piece hand bell set is the one we purchased 5 years ago and it is still holding up well! (And my kids are rough!)



  • The hand bells are metal, not cheap plastic!
  • There are no repeat colors used. Some sets have 2 different reds instead of a white  hand bell, and that’s just too confusing!
  • It’s a good price.
  • These color hand bells coordinate perfectly with our Color-coded Hand Bell Song Sheets

Buy the 8 Note Diatonic Metal Hand Bell Set Here:


Once I got our colored Hand Bell set the next step was to create posters with all the  songs we would want to play.

Our first version of hand bell music was created last minute as my husband and I were hand coloring circles on large posters literally minutes before our Sing-a-long started. And then we ran out of space and we messed up on colors, so that first night didn’t go as smooth.

I knew there had to be a better way!

When I started looking for Christmas Hand Bell music online and couldn’t find any song sheets that were already made, simple to read and follow, or that matched with the colors used on my hand bells. And the few options I did find were expensive to invest in.


UPDATE: Our 3rd Hand Bell Music Book is coming out soon! Enter your email below if you’d like to be notified when it’s ready! 



Unlike other song sheets out there, these Hand Bell Songs include:

  • Color-coded notes above each word/syllable.
  • The note is also listed in case your hand bell set uses different colors or you want to play along on a different instrument.
  • The text is large! And the lyrics are included.
  • The printables can be printed in poster size (24 x 36) or letter size (8.5 x 11), depending on what you need them for.
  • There is a color key in the corner to let you know which  notes are needed at a quick glance!



Hand Bells are fun for so many occasions like:

  • Family parties
  • Music Time at Church
  • Singing at rest homes or hospitals
  • Preschool groups
  • School choirs/programs



Get inexpensive PDF Classics Hand Bell Music Book from my the So Festive! shop here. There are 6 songs, easy enough for beginners.


Songs included: 

  1. Happy Birthday
  2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  3. Row Row Row Your Boat
  4. Old McDonald Had a Farm
  5. The Muffin Man
  6. Mary Had a Little Lamb

Save BIG with the bundle! Christmas songs + Classic Songs for a discounted price!


I hope you enjoy this fun way to bring the magic of music in your homes all year long! 

If there are any additional songs you’d like to see, leave a comment below!


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