Sunday, March 18, 2018

Mixed Media Spring Birdhouse

Say hello to spring with a mixed media birdhouse featuring Joy® Embroidered Letters!

This little inexpensive birdhouse is so easy to make using supplies you probably already have on hand.

You will need:
  • Joy® Embroidere letter sheets - White Classic Monograms
  • Bird House
  • Chalk paint - color of your choice
  • Foam brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mod Podge® découpage medium, or glue
  • Embellishments - buttons, trim, flowers, scraps of scrapbook paper


1.  Lightly sand the edges of the birdhouse then paint with chalk paint.  Let dry.
2.  Cut, or tear scraps of patterned scrap book paper then glue to the roof and/or sides as desired.
3.  Glue trims, buttons and flowers in place then add letters to spell the word WELCOME.

Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters are available in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors. White letters can also be colored with dye, paint, markers and more to create custom colors!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Welcome Spring Banner

Time to get ready for Spring!

As soon as the calendar turns to March, I start thinking Spring. 
It's right around the corner and I can hardly wait.

To make the "Welcome Spring" banner you'll need:
  • Joy® iron-on letter sheet - white
  • Classic Felt - 9" x 12" x 2
  • Dye Ink - blue, green, pink and lavender 
  • Small misting bottles - 2
  • 9' dowel
  • 18" jute or yarn
  • Needle and thread
  • Felt glue
  • Silicone mat
  • Buttons
  • Trim

1. Add several drops of dye ink to each misting bottle.  
2. Remove letters from the backing sheet and place on a silicone mat (or wax paper).
3. Spritz the letters with both blue and green ink for a variegated look. Allow the ink to soak into the letters then dab away excess ink and water with a paper towel.  Let dry. 

4.  Create simple, hand drawn flower (small and medium), circle and leaf patterns onto paper. Cut then trace around the patterns onto white felt. Cut out.
5.  Spray the leaves green; set aside then spray the flowers and circles one color at a time.  Let dry.


6.  Layer the circle, small flower and large flower on top of each other then stitch in place.  Use a small amount of glue to hold the pieces in place while you stitch.

7.  To create the banner shape, fold the second piece of felt in half lengthways.  Cut diagonally across the bottom from the center fold to a point about 3" up from the bottom corner on the outer edges.  Stitch the flowers to the banner using a button at the center of each one.  Tuck leaves underneath the outer edges of the flowers then stitch in place.

8.  Position, then glue the letters in place as shown.  Use a sewing machine to stitch the banner to backing material, then stitch trim in place across the top and around the bottom edge if desired.

10.  Create a casing along the top edge. Insert a dowel then tie a length of jute or yarn at each end to create a hanger.

If you need to finish your banner in less time, glue the flowers, leaves and trim in place, then use a fusible interfacing to adhere the felt banner to a backing.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets at your local craft store.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Decorated Mail Bag

It's in the bag!

One of my favorite things to do when I was younger was to send and receive pen pal letters. I enjoyed hearing about life in different cities or foreign countries. Some of us have grown apart while others are still close, now relying on the digital age to communicate. I missed the anticipation of seeing if there was a letter in the mailbox and discovering what sort of goodies or gossip were waiting for me.

Then I found a pen pal group on Facebook!  It's fun hear about new friends while keeping alive snail mail- art! But keeping the letters separate from the bills, advertisements and magazines was proving difficult so So I created this wonderful mail bag!

Supplies used:

  •  Joy® Dyeable Letters - white
  • A 3 pocket card organizer
  • Assorted embellishments and trim
  • Colored marker
  • Adhesive or iron

  • This mail bag started out as a 3 pocket hanging fabric card organizer from the dollar store. I didn't like the print so I covered it with brightly colored tissue paper and clear packing tape.

    Next I colored in the letters with a pen and adhered them to the bag with a clear drying adhesive.
    (If you want to stay with the original fabric design, then you can iron the letters in place.)

    The assorted embellishments and trim were glued in place and left to dry completely overnight before hanging up.

    The nice thing about this bag is that it 'blends' with our general home decor. It hangs near the common home mail bag, so unless you knew what you were looking at, you might assume it was just another piece of art I made! We love it!

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

    Friday, March 9, 2018

    Personalized Instrument Case

    Every kid needs to personalize their own instrument case!

    This is so easy to make. All you have to do is to add you favorite Joy® iron-on letters and emojis that every tween will want to personalize their various cases for school!

    You will need:

    • Joy® Iron on Embroidery Letters - Blue
    • Joy® Iron on Emoji packs
    • Iron

    1. Position letters and emojis on the as shown.  Use a ruler to help keep them in a straight line.

    2. Iron the letters in place following directions on the packaging.

             Enjoy this short video on how to make this simple and functional personalized case.

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

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018

    Peace Cross

    Whenever I need a break from the day, the garden calls to me.  This is a good reminder of the peace and renewal that nature can give.

    Peace Cross
    You will need:
    • Joy® iron-on individual letters to spell "peace"(1 1/2" script used)
    • Wood cross
    • Light green chalk paint
    • Garden print of your choice
    • D´coupage medium
    • Sandpaper
    • Glue
    • Green stamp pad

    Cross and Letters
    1. Trace around cross on the print.  Tear the edges of the outline.
    2. Paint cross with chalk paint.
    3. When dry, adhere the print to the cross with découpage medium.  Sand cross and paper to distress then ink the edges. 
    4. Glue the letters to the center of the cross as shown.

    Joy® iron-on embroidered letters are available individually and in full alphabet sheets at your local craft stores.

    Saturday, March 3, 2018

    Bloom Basket

    A berry basket, with a sweet flower tucked inside, is the perfect gift for all your spring parties.


    • Joy®  Embroidered Letters
    • Berry Basket
    • Craft Glue
    • Ribbon
    • Button
    • Tissue paper or decorative, printed foil
    • Small, flowering plant.

    1. Glue Joy Letters onto the berry basket. It's best to start by arranging the letters, without glue, to ensure that your spacing works, THEN glue!
    2. Glue ribbon around the top edge of the basket.
    3. Glue a button embellishment on the basket.
    4. Put the decorative paper into the basket and then slip your plant into the basket.

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

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018

    Spring Flowers Welcome Sign

    When the weather is warm, it's easy to think Spring!

    and nothing says "welcome" like flowers on your front door.....!

    To make a sign like this, you will need the following supplies:

    1. Dyeable Joy® letters
    2. Wooden sign
    3. Permanent marker - color to match
    4. Green vine trim
    5. Plastic tube
    6. Flowers - fresh or artificial
    7. Ribbon
    8. Hot glue gun
    *Optional - extra embellishments- beads, buttons, rhinestones....


    1. Color the letters with the marker.

    2.  Adhere the vine and letters to the sign with hot glue.
    3.  Tie the ribbon in place around the tube then adhere the tube to the sign.
    4.  Add extra embellishments if desired.

    Add flowers to finish then hang on your front (or back) door, outside porch or patio and enjoy!

    Joy® iron-on embroidered letters are available in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors in the general crafts area at your local craft store.

    Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Fairy Tale Purse

    Create a personalized fairy tale purse for the princess in your life!

    Every little girl wants to dress like a fairy tale princess and this little purse is the perfect accessory!

    You will need:
    Joy® Iron On Monogram Letters
    Paper flowers
    Pre-decorated canvas bag

    These Joy® specialty letters make adding a monogram incredibly easy! They are designed to work together with each letter available for left, center, or right position.  Select one letter from each set and you are ready to go. Remember, the last initial goes in the center of the monogram!

    1.  Using a pressing cloth, iron the center letter, "V" on first, then add the first then middle initials on one at a time on each side. 
    2.  For a special finish, spray the flowers with sparkle dust.

    Create a matching Fairy Wand! You can find the instructions here.

    You can find a variety of Joy® Iron-on embroidered letters at your local craft stores.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Making it Personal

    Re-purpose a canvas bag and make it personal!

    Last year I received a really nice, large and sturdy canvas bag from a event I attended. While I really do appreciate the sponsor's named on that bag...I knew I use it more if I made it personal.

    With Joy Iron-on Embroidered letters personalizing it was a snap, but choosing from the large variety of colors and fonts available wasn't quite as easy.

    Step one is to remove the sponsor's iron-on transfer logo with an adhesive eraser. While this may not work for every type of bag, it worked great on this one.

    The next step was to select and add the letters as follows:

    • Set dry iron to cotton setting.
    • Surface of fabric to which letters are to applied should be clean.
    • Cover Letters with a lightweight or sheer pressing cloth.
    • Using firm pressure, iron over letters for 30 seconds.
    • Turn item over, iron on back for 30 seconds.
    • Allow to cool before handling.

    Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters are available in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors. White letters can also be colored with dye, paint, markers and more to create custom colors!

    Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Tooth Fairy Box

    Losing a tooth is always exciting for kids. After all, who doesn't want a visit from the Tooth Fairy, especially if she's bringing money?

    Make it even more fun with this cute tooth fairy box embellished with Joy® Embroidered Letters! This project is so easy to make by up-cycling a cardboard jewelry box.

    You will need:
    • Joy® Embroidered Letters - Classic Monograms in White
    • patterned paper
    • scissors
    • pencil
    • washi tape
    • glitter decoupage glue
    • foam paintbrush
    • all-purpose craft glue
    • tooth-themed embellishments
    • acrylic paint (optional)

    1. Trace around the top of the box onto the back of a piece of patterned paper. Cut out then adhere to the box top.  Paint the bottom part of the box if desired.

    2.  Line sides of the box top with washi tape then paint  the top and sides with glitter découpage glue.

    3.  Attach the iron-on letters with all-purpose craft glue.  White letters are dyeable, so change the color with a permanent marker if desired.

    4. Attach tooth-themed embellishments to the box top with all-purpose glue to finish.

    Now your kiddo can have a cute way to store the tooth for the Tooth Fairy, and the Tooth Fairy can leave the money in the box!

    Joy® iron-on embroidered letters are available in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors. White letters can also be colored with dye, paint, markers and more to create custom colors!