Monday, May 21, 2018

Bubble Bucket

Make a colorful Bubble Bucket to hold everything you need for your next bubble party!

Whether you are young or old, bubbles always bring out the kid in us! They always bring a smile to my face because they are fun to see at the park, beach or even around the neighborhood!
Start a bubble party at your next event with the bubble bucket!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letter sheet- White
  • Metal Bucket
  • Colored markers
  • Tacky adhesive or a hot glue gun


1. Color your letters in with the markers then glue to the front of the bucket.
2. Fill with bubble toys. It's as simple as that...       Have fun!

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and number sheets at your local craft store.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Personalize a Re-usable Bag

 Bagging it up with Joy

Recycling has become an important part of life and re-usable bags are available for purchase almost everywhere we shop, just waiting to be personalized!

You will need:
  • Joy® iron-on letter sheet - black; 1-1/2" 
  • Individual letters to spell BAG - white
  • canvas bag
  • fabric paint:  light pink 
  • paint brush
  • ribbon: 2-1/2" black and white stripe
  • fabric adhesive
  • scissors
  • iron, ironing board
  • pressing cloth
  • water container, paper towels, paper plate
  1. Unwrap the white letters but leave them on the cardboard backing.  Lay on a paper plate then paint each one.  Let dry then remove the cardboard and the white, backing from the back of each letter.
  2. Select black letters to spell "URBAN".  
  3. Iron out any wrinkles on the canvas bag.
  4. Cut the ribbon to fit horizontally from side to side on the bag.  Adhere using fabric glue.
  5. Place the bag on the ironing board.  Add the letters then iron on using a pressing cloth following manufacturer's instructions on the back of the package.

Enjoy your urban bag and don't foget to make one for a friend! 

 Joy letters can be used to personalize bags, shirts, just about anything you can think of!  Check out more designs on the Creating with JOY blog. You can find Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets at your local craft store.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Monogram Water Bottle

Summer is coming so hydrate in style with this monogram water bottle!

I love the look of those expensive water bottles but I don't want to spend a crazy amount of money for one. By using Joy® embroidered monograms, I made one at a fraction of the cost!

You will need:
  • Joy® embroidered circle monograms
  • burlap 
  • ribbon
  • acrylic photo water bottle
  • iron
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
1. Open the water bottle and separate the liner from the outer acrylic.
2. Iron the Joy embroidered monograms onto the burlap.

3. Cut the burlap so that it just goes around the bottle and secure ends with hot glue. Continue until the bottle liner is covered.  

4.  Hot glue ribbon on the bottle liner (great for hiding seams if your burlap is not wide enough).
then replace the liner.

Look for Joy® embroidered letters in a variety of fonts and colors at your favorite craft stores!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mason Jar Embroidery Hoop

Adding a simple monogram to a project can make all the difference. 

I have not done hand embroidery in years. I have forgotten how much I enjoyed it and how relaxing it is. I recently took a class with friends and we completed this super cute project.  Once the project was done I felt like it needed a little extra something to finish it off and give it some polish.

Small Script Monogram to the rescue! I dug through my stash and pulled out my initial. The "A" was a bit too large for the heart so I settled on the "S" for my last name instead.  I followed the instructions found here to adhere my letter to the felt heart.

It looks so much better now! I am going to hang it in my studio for a fun bit of décor.

You can find Joy iron-on embroidered letters and letter sheets at your local craft store. They're available in different colors and sizes and the white ones can be colored!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Welcome Gnome Wreath

Gnomes are a quirky, fun part of gardening.  
But what are you to do if you don't have room for a garden? 

Create a kitschy WELCOME GNOME wreath using a few wood slices, a cute stamp set, and JOY Embroidered Letters!

You will need:
  • Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters Classic Monograms - White
  • Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters Baby Monograms - White
  • Americana Acrylics by DecoArt, Country Red & Bright Blue
  • Wreath Form 6", Reindeer Moss, Wood Slices 14, Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks, Paintbrush, Gnome Stamp Set, Archival Ink Pad Black, White Cardstock, Scissors, Red, Blue, Yellow, Gray, Brown, Flesh and Tan Markers, Wire Black 24 Gauge, Wire Cutters, Craft Iron and Pressing Cloth

1.  Attach moss to wreath form with hot glue, then attach wood slices in a stacked and staggered pattern on top of moss.

2.  Stamp gnomes and mushrooms onto white cardstock, color then cut out.  Hot glue wire to the back of each shape, then insert into moss.

3.  Paint "WELCOME" letters from the Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters Classic Monograms with Country Red. Let dry.

4. Paint GNOME letters from the Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters Baby Monograms with Bright Blue. Let dry.

5. Peel letters from backing sheet then iron on to wood slices, referring to the directions on the back of the package. I used a pressing cloth on top of the letters to prevent paint from getting on my iron.

Enjoy your WELCOME GNOME wreath all Summer long!

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

Sunday, May 6, 2018

DIY Travel Shoe Bag in 5 Minutes

A place for everything!

It's almost summer and that means time for vacation! Make your packing a little easier by creating simple travel shoe bags, personalized with Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters.

You will need:

  • Small cloth bag for your shoes. (I used a bag that a bed sheet set came in. It's the perfect size for this project!)
  • Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters
  • Iron, ironing board, and pressing cloth


  1. Remove letters from sheet to spell out the word "SHOES".
  2. Set iron to cotton setting or a setting appropriate to the bag's fabric.
  3. Arrange letters on the bag. Cover letters with a pressing cloth and firmly press with the iron. Continue ironing over the letters for about 30 seconds.
  4. Flip the bag inside out then iron over the letters on the reverse for an additional 30 seconds.
  5. Allow bag to cool for at least a minute before handling. 

You can use these steps to create CLEAN and DIRTY underwear and sock bags too!

Need another five minute project?  Check-out this tutorial for upgrading your closet organization.

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Upcycled Gift Box

A gift for Mom!

Upcycle a cheese container to create a gift box for your Mom or other special person.
You will need:

  • JOY® Script Letters - 1 1/2"  white 
  • Round cheese container
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • ColoriQue inks
  • Bead trim 
  • Pearl cabochons
  • Glitter paint
  • Scissors
  • Die and die-cut machine,
  • Paintbrush
  • Tacky glue
  • Toothpicks

1.  Choose letters for a short name, nickname or initials.  Create the color you want by blending the inks then paint the letters.

2.  Paint the inside and sides of the box with acrylic paint.

3.  Trace around the lid and bottom of the box onto paper then cut out.  Use a paintbrush (or sponge brush) to spread a thin layer of glue on the surface of the top and bottom of the box, then press the paper cut outs in place.

4. Glue letters and trim to the top then add die cut flowers, hand-cut leaves and cabochons or pieces of trim as shown.  Add touches of glitter paint to background, letters and flowers to finish.

Look for Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters at your local craft stores.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Spring Photo Frame

Show off those beautiful spring memories in this fun photo frame!

Spring brings lots of photo worthy events: Easter, spring break, Mother's Day, and prom. This spring-themed frame will let you show off those beautiful photos!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Numbers - White, or colored
  • Acrylic photo frame
  • Ready-made felt embellishments
  • Buttons
  • Extra-strength craft tape or hot glue

1. Arrange then apply the numbers and embellishments to the frame using hot glue or extra-strength craft tape for a frame that is ready for your closeup!
2. Option: Look for matching, Joy letter shop sheets to add a month to your frame!

Look for Joy iron-on embroidered number sheets at your local craft stores.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Herb Pots that Bring JOY!

Trying to eat healthier is a whole lot easier when you can cook with fresh herbs!

Herbs bring a bright finishing touch to any home-cooked meal. I like to keep my favorite herbs in pots in the kitchen, so they are within easy reach to use in recipes. These herb pots labeled with JOY Embroidered Letters are the perfect accent. 

You will need:

  • Joy® Iron-on embroidered Classic Monograms - Black
  • Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue
  • Terra Cotta Pots and Saucers - Rose Pots 4" (3)
  • White Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paper Towels, Water and your favorite Herbs


1. Wet the pots and saucers under a running faucet. Apply white craft paint with a damp paper towel in a random and streaky fashion. Set aside to dry.

2. Peel the letters from the JOY Classic Monograms sheet to spell the name of each herb. Since the terra cotta cannot be ironed on, I used the fine tip of the MONO Multi Liquid Glue to apply a small amount to the back of each letter and then set them in place by hand on each pot.

Here is a close-up photo.

These Herb Pots will bring Joy and deliciousness to your kitchen!

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters at your local craft. There are lots of different fonts, sizes and colors.  White letters can easily be colored using dye, markers, paint, etc.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cute Kitty Slippers

Make cute kitty slippers even cuter with some Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letters!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letter sheet - Turquoise
  • Character Slippers
  • Iron, or
  • Fabric glue

Ironing letters onto a soft surface like the cuff of a slipper can be a little tricky.  To make it a little easier, wrap a towel around an empty cardboard roll, then insert into each sock. Iron the letters onto one sock at a time referring to the directions on the back of the packaging, but you may find it easier to use fabric glue to adhere the letters when making this project.

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