Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Joyful Christmas Decorations and Gifts

The holidays are upon us!  
Look what you can do with simple wood pieces, paint and Joy embroidered letters!

You will need:
Joy® Iron-On Embroidered letter sheets - Gold and Red

Various wood pieces:  
    mini trunk, sleigh, small hinged boxes, pails (for hats), ball knobs (heads), 
    filigree with flat back, small peg person
Craft Paint:  red, metallic gold, light peach, black, white
Paintbrushes:  Flat and a small round brush
Clear glitter
Mini tree
Glue gun & glue sticks
Red & white bakers' twine
Rhinestone embellishments
Water container, paper towels and palette
Small gift sack
Cardstock - Black, green, red, beige
Decorative clothespin (for bag closure and holding bookmark)


1. Sand the larger wood pieces (sleigh & wood boxes) to remove any rough spots then wipe to remove sanding dust.  Paint red.

2. Paint:
    Ball knobs (heads) - light peach,
    Small peg - white and the
    Pails (hats) - black,
    Filigree (for sleight) - gold Allow all pieces to dry thoroughly.

3. Referring to photo, use a stylus, or toothpick to make 2 black dots on each head for eyes and the red nose.  Brush a little powder blush, or chalk on the cheeks.  Add a tiny white dot to each eye, the none and the top of each cheek to highlight. 

4.  Apply gold metallic stripes around the edge of the box if desired with a 1/4" flat brush.  

5. Adhere the letters to the front of the sleigh and mini trunk/box. Glue a pail to the top of each head for the hat, then glue a head to the box and mini trunk as shown.  Embellish the outside with snow and glitter.

Optional:  Glue the small snowman and tree to the inside of the mini trunk to create a decorate piece.  Add more snow and glitter for extra sparkle.

Gift bag and bookmark

1. Cut the cardstock as follows:  
    Black - 6" x 2"; 
    Green - 5-3/4" x 1-3/4"; 
    Red - 5-1/2" x 1-1/2"; 
    Beige -5-1/4" x 1-1/4".

2.  Layer the pieces as shown then glue together. 

3.  Glue the letters to the front of the bookmark.

4.  Clip the bookmark to the front of the gift sack with the decorative clothespin.

Choose your favorite paint colors and even change the design according to available wood pieces.  Decorated clothespins can be found at the craft store together with a variety of stickers that can be used to decorate the clothespin closure.

You will also find Joy®, iron-on embroidered letters in different colors, fonts and sizes at your local craft store in the wearables department.  Be inspired and enjoy!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Christmas Ornament with JOY

It's almost Christmas!  Time to make some ornaments and this one is SO easy!

JOY Christmas ornament

Make one for each member of your family then add to the fun by filling it with little slips of paper with things you are joyful for??

You will need:
  • Glass Christmas ornament (or a plastic one if working with kids!)
  • Joy Letters - 1 1/2" Red
  • Ribbon
  • Button
Ornament Supplies

These letters are SELF STICK! making it easy to add to a project with a smooth surface.  All you have to do is remove the waxy paper backing!  It's a fabulous project for little kids!

embroidered letters

Curved surface? No problem when your letters are self stick.

self stick letters

Glue a ribbon and button to the top of the ornament for the perfect finishing touch. 

Joy Christmas ornament

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters at your favorite stores!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Creating Holiday Tees with Joy

Creating fun and funny personalized tees for the Holidays
are a snap with the help of Joy® Embroidered Iron-on Letters.

Here's What You'll Need:
  • A variety of Joy Embroidered Letters in different sizes, fonts and colors
  • T Shirts
  • Iron
  1. Wash t-shirt to remove any residue or sizing.
  2. Set iron to cotton setting or follow garment care label.
  3. Remove letters from sheet.
  4. Position letters with shiny side down.
  5. Cover letters with a fine cloth.
  6. With firm pressure iron cloth over the letters for 25 seconds.
  7. Turn t-shirt inside out and iron the back of the letters for 25 seconds.
  8. Allow to cool for one minute before handling.

Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters and number sheets are available 
in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thankful Card

When you can't visit for the holidays, send a card to show your appreciation!

Joy® letters are the perfect size for your holiday cards!

You will need:

  • Joy® Classic Monograms Iron-On letter sheet - 1/2"

  • Kraft card blank - 5 1/2" by 5 1/2"
  • Rinea™ double-sided foil paper - brown starstruck & orange/gold glossy
  • Pearlescent pigment in copper
  • Small jewels
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Tools
  • Die cutting machine & leaf die
  • Paper trimmer or scissors

1.  Cut a 4 3/4" square of brown, patterned foil paper and one, 1 1/4" x 5 1/2" strip of gold. Ink edges if desired.  Referring to photo, center then glue the brown square to the card front.  Glue the strip on the left side.
2.  Die cut 2 leaves.  Use your fingernail to create vein lines then glue on the right side of the card.
3.  Paint the letters with copper pearl pigment and water. Hold the letters in place by placing on the sticky side of a strip of masking tape, wrapped around a plastic tray.  Let dry then glue to the gold strip down the left side of the card.
4.  Glue small jewels randomly on the card.

You can find Joy® iron-on embroidered letters at your local craft store.  They're available in different sizes, colors and fonts. White letters can be colored.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Grateful and Thankful Kitchen Towels

Grateful and thankful kitchen towels make the perfect hostess gift for Thanksgiving!

You will need:
  • Linen Kitchen Towels (3)
  • Joy® Black Classic Monogram Iron-on Embroidered Letters
  • Felt:  Orange, Green, Gold, Burgundy, Brown, and Purple
  • Fabric Glue
  • Embroidery Floss and Needle
  • Scissors
  • Iron

  • Cut simple leaf shapes out of assorted colors of felt.  
  • Accent leaves with contrasting colors of embroidery floss.

  • Glue leaves onto kitchen towels with fabric glue.
  • Select letters and words from the sheet of Joy® Black Classic Monogram Iron-on Embroidered Letters.

  • Position letters with the shiny side down onto kitchen towel.  Use a ruler to line up the words straight.

  • Cover letters with a cloth, with firm pressure iron over letters for 25-30 seconds.
  • Flip kitchen towels over and iron the back for 25-30 seconds.

Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters and number sheets are available 
in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Sparkle and Shine Bookmarks

Love to read? Why not add a little sparkle and shine to your books!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-On letters
  • Colored paper
  • Chipboard or thick mailers
  • Double stick tape
  • Clear packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Assorted glitter, fine and chunky
  • Colored markers
  • Tacky adhesive
  • Clear place mat

1. Cut your papers and chipboard to your ideal bookmark size. These are 2"x 8".
2. Adhere the papers to both sides of the chipboard with double-stick tape. 
3. Slide the bookmark under the place mat to act as a guide when sprinkling glitter. With the sticky side up, lay a strip of packing tape on top of the placemat, over the bookmark. If your packaging tape is not wide enough, overlap a second strip. Sprinkle glitter over the tape. 

4.  Remove the bookmark then press firmly onto the tape.  Fold excess tape to the back the bookmark.
5. Add letters to the front of the bookmark with tacky glue.  

Happy reading!

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters, numbers and floral appliqués at your favorite craft store. They're available in different sizes, colors and fonts, suitable for every occasion.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fall Splendor

Bring the colors of Autumn into your home with a quick'n EZ arrangement...

You will need the following supplies:
Joy® embroidered, iron-on letter sheet - GOLD
Fall leaves and silk flower piks
Mason jar (or other glass container)
Glitter tulle - brown
2" Burlap ribbon - rust
Zip tie
Cardboard roll (from toilet paper)


1. Cut a length of burlap ribbon long enough to wrap around the mason jar with an additional 1" to overlap.  Remove each embroidered letter from the sheet then position at the center of the burlap.
Suggestions:  F A I T H   H O P E   P E A C E   L O V E   J O Y   F A L L  and more! 

2. Following manufacturer's directions on the back of the package, cover with a cloth and press the letters in place.

3.  Place the cardboard tube in the jar, then push the tulle into the jar between the tube and the glass. Option: You can also fill the area between the tube and the glass with yellow, or colored corn.

4.  Wrap raffia around the top of the jar and the burlap around the glass.  Mark where the burlap band overlaps, remove then secure with a staple at the top and bottom.  Slide the band back onto the jar.

 5. Bundle a variety of silk flowers and leaves together. Secure with the zip tie then place inside the cardboard roll with the bottom layer of leaves resting on the rim.  Trim the stems to the depth of the jar if needed.

You can find Joy® embroidered, iron-on letters, letter sheets at your local craft stores.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Monogrammed Luggage

Have you ever gone on vacation and had a hard time identifying your luggage in the luggage claim? Make your luggage more identifiable with monogrammed letters from Joy®.

You will need:
Joy® Monogram Embroidered Letters
Paint Marker
Fabric Glue

1. Customize white, embroidered Joy letters by coloring with markers, fabric dye, paint, etc. For this project, I used a silver paint marker.

2.  Let dry then adhere to the luggage with liquid fabric adhesive. Super easy to do and makes your luggage soooo much easier to find!

You can find Joy® embroidered, iron-on letters and letter sheets at your local craft stores.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Fall Welcome Banner

Welcome your guests all season long with this easy to make Fall Welcome Banner.

You will need:
  • Two pieces of 8" x 12" plaid flannel
  • Joy® Gold Iron-on Embroidered Letters
  • Felt:  Cream, Green and Tan
  • Fabric Glue
  • Various Trims and Buttons
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Bamboo Skewer

  • Cut simple pumpkin shape out of cream felt.  
  • Cut a pumpkin stem from tan felt and leaves from green felt.
  • Glue shapes and trim onto flannel with fabric glue.

  • Top stitch around pumpkin and trims on flannel using the sewing machine.
  •  Place second piece of flannel over the decorated piece and sew together leaving space for turning the right side out.  Sew banner closed.
  • Set iron to cotton setting, approx. 350°.
  • Iron banner to flatten.
  • Position letters with shiny side down onto flannel.
  • Cover letters with a clean soft cloths, with a firm pressure iron cloth over letters for 25 seconds.
  • Turn flannel over and iron the back of the letters for 25 seconds.
  • Create a small pocket by folding and sewing down top of banner.  
  • Insert a bamboo skewer or small wood dowel on top of banner for hanging.

Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters and number sheets are available 

in a variety of sizes, colors, and fonts at your local craft stores.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Punny Halloween Costume Ideas

Take Halloween creativity to a new level and get a little punny!

Create some simple and punny Halloween costumes in now time with Joy® Iron-on letters and numbers!

You will need (Ceiling Fan Costume):
  • Joy® Iron-on Varsity 1.5" Letter & Numbers - Go Ceiling & 1
  • Joy® Iron-on Silver Embroidered Letters & Numbers - #
  • T-shirt
  • felt
  • glue 
  • scissors
  • pompom

  1. Cut 2 pieces of felt into hand shape and draw in design for the fingers.
  2. Iron on # and 1 onto the front of the hand on the palm.
  3. Glue the two parts of the hand together leaving the bottom open to slide you hand into like a foam finger.
  4. Iron on the phrase "GO CEILING" according to the packaging to the front of the T-shirt.  If you do not have a plain shirt to use, flip an old shirt inside out for a plain color.
  5. Wear your shirt with spirit with an added pompom and your felt finger to be the best "Ceiling Fan" there is!

You will need (Iron Chef):
  • Joy® Iron-on Varsity 1.5" Letter & Numbers - FE
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Numbers  - 26
  • apron
  • felt
  • elastic
  • cardboard
  • glue 
  • scissors
  • needle and thread

  1. Cut a white felt rectangle.
  2. Iron on FE  and a little 26 onto the rectangle according to the directions.  
  3. Glue the white felt onto the apron.
  4. Add a few props such as a felt chef hat and felt butcher knife to complete the look of an Iron Chef!

Enjoy this short video on how to make these fun costumes.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters, numbers and floral appliqués at your favorite craft store. They're available in different sizes, colors and fonts, suitable for every occasion.