Thursday, October 29, 2015

Back Pack Makeover

Before...and after!

It's fun and easy to update a worn-out backpack!

Just wash it, brighten up the colors with fabric paints, and then add your favorite sentiment or inspiring word with Joy letters.

Check out my how-to video below, which shows you how we used gesso, paints and stencils to give this little girl backpack a fashionable make-over fit for a teen!

Look for JOY Iron-On letters and numbers at your local craft store!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Scrapbook Layouts - Making Memories

JOY embroidered letters are great for scrapbook pages - you can glue or even iron them on to paper.

Joy letters give nice texture to my page about our trip to the Tennessee Aquarium. They make a wonderful alternative to regular alpha stickers.

Look for JOY Iron-On letters and numbers at your local craft store.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Pennant Magnet

We love how Marilyn Gossett incorporated a Joy letter into her cute pennant magnet - perfect for a girl's school locker! The soft texture of the letter's embroidered surface complements the sheer ribbon and dimensional butterflies so nicely.

Visit Marilyn's blog to learn how she made her pennant, including some tips for working with magnetic sheets.

Look for Joy iron-on letters and numbers in your favorite local craft stores!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monogrammed Christmas Ornaments

monogrammed burlap christimas ornaments

This is a wonderful handmade gift idea for the holidays by Beth Watson - a set of monogrammed ornaments for the whole family. Just glue fabric or burlap around a wood or chipboard circle and embellish with lacy trims. Iron-on an embroidered Joy letter to the center of each ornament to represent the name of each family member (don't forget the family pet!).

Now's the time to get started making your gifts - the holidays will be here before you know it!

Look for JOY Iron-On letters and numbers at your local craft store!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Halloween Candy Pots

halloween candy pot

These little cardboard pop-up pots are perfect for Halloween party décor or for stashing candy around the house - why save it all for the trick-or-treaters? Half the fun of Halloween is the permission to eat loads of candy, right? I used Joy embroidered letters to make cute little signs to remind us that we are not eating our veggies like we should.

Click here for more details - with a couple punches and a sheet of Halloween-themed cardstock, you'll have some sweet candy dishes in no time.

Look for JOY Iron-On letters and numbers at your local craft store!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Halloween Glow-in-the-Dark Mummy Pillow

boo mummy pillow halloween decoration

This pillow is a quick and easy no-sew Halloween decoration - add a touch of mummified fun to your porch, patio or family room.

You'll need:

  • 12" x 12" pillow form
  • White Oly*Fun material
  • Joy embroidered 3D letters: B O O
  • Joy embroidered 3D number:  8
  • Krylon Glowz spray paint (optional)
  • Tacky tape and/or low-temp hot glue gun
  • 2 small black buttons

1.  Place the pillow at the center of a 20" x 28" piece of Oly*Fun material. Wrap it  as if you were wrapping a gift and glue the ends in place at the back.


2.  Tear 3" wide strips from another sheet of Oly*Fun. Wrap the strips around the pillow in layers then overlap and glue the ends together at the back.  


Note: Oly*Fun is a tear-resistant and material, so make a snip with scissors to start, then tear it slowly. It won't fray and it withstands the outdoor elements, so it's a great alternative to fabric for this project.

3.   If you're using your pillow as an outdoor decoration, spray it with glow-in-the-dark paint and let dry.

4.  Remove the backing from each letter to expose the adhesive then attach to the pillow. It isn't necessary to iron in place, since this project is for decorative purposes only (plus Oly*Fun will melt under the high temp of an iron).

5.  Place a small, black button behind each opening in the number 8, then place horizontally behind one of the layers to look like a pair of eyes.

Place your finished pillow either indoors or outdoors and enjoy!

Look for JOY Iron-On letters and numbers at your local craft store!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Spooky Halloween Wreath

halloween wreath joy letters

Fluorescent letters are the perfect accent for all your Halloween projects!


10" grapevine wreath
1” fluorescent orange JOY iron-on letters to spell “BOO”
3 Eye-Connect chipboard flags
Wood craft pieces:  wired picket fence, pumpkins, large craft stick
Paper lunch bag, gauze bandage, raffia
Acrylic paints: black, orange, white, brown, gold
Google eyes
Tacky glue, hot glue gun
Scissors, paintbrush, sponge, toothpick


1.  Paint the flags black and dab with orange. Paint the craft stick and fence white and dab with brown. Paint the pumpkins orange with a gold stem and add curved lines with a toothpick in brown.

2.  Snip the fence apart into two pieces. Bend and shape the fence to fit the wreath to create a broken look. Hot-glue one piece on each side, with one in the front and one at the back of the wreath. 

3.  Glue the JOY letters to the flags. Cut a piece of gauze tape in half lengthwise and thread it through letters. Tie to the top of the wreath at an angle.

4.  Glue some raffia and pumpkins in front of the fence.

5.  Cut lengths of gauze tape and glue to a craft stick. Add a pair of google eyes to the ghost and glue to one side of the wreath, behind the fence. 

6.  Cut off the front of the lunch bag and make 3 or 4 cuts in each end of the paper. Twist the bag into a tree trunk. Twist each narrow piece into branches and roots. Add glue to hold and dab with brown paint. Glue to the side of the wreath.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Candy Jar

personalized gift tags candy jar

I love to give away treats on any and all holidays and creative packaging makes them extra special. When I am short on time, I always turn to mason jars - they are easy to decorate, reusable, and who doesn't like to get a jar full of goodness?

Joy iron-on letters
Mason jar
Manila tag
Iridescent ink sprays and inks
Rubber stamps
Ribbons and assorted embellishments
Double-stick tape, craft glue

1.  Use double-stick tape to adhere layers of ribbon around the jar.
2.  Spray the tag with iridescent ink, set aside to dry. Stamp a background image on the tag.
3.  Use craft glue to adhere the letters to tag, add an embellishment and tie the tag to the jar just under the rim.
4.  Fill the jar with candy and add the lid.

personalized gift tag

Monday, October 5, 2015

Personalized Trick-or-Treat Bags

personalized Halloween trick or treat bags

Give the kids an extra special treat this year with their very own personalized trick-or-treat bags.

Try putting a Halloween greeting in black lettering on one side, and the kids' names on the back using orange lettering. No more fighting over whose bag is whose!

These cute candy corn bags came from Canvas Corps Brands. Just iron on your Joy letters to each bag and send the kids out there to fill 'em up!

personalized trick or treat halloween bags

Friday, October 2, 2015

Halloween Witch Decoration

Halloween witch peekaboo jar

Yes, it's Crafty Me...peeking out to remind everyone that it's fall and time to get your "spooky" on! Create this fun little Halloween witch decoration with a recycled can, Smoothfoam and a few other supplies.


JOY Iron-On Embroidered Letters:  Orange
Cardstock:  Halloween pattern, Orange, Black, White
Large peanut can (emptied and cleaned)
Smoothfoam:  one 12" x 2" block; a 1-1/2" ball (cut in half)
Die-cut machine, circle die and banner die
Acrylic paints:  Green, Black, White
Paintbrush:  1" flat
Black tulle
Heavy 3-ply jute string
Hot wire foam cutter or serrated bladed knife
Toothpicks, skewers (for handles)

Cut the 2 points off of one end of the Smoothfoam block, rounding the edges.

Set the foam block in the can and press the front edges of the foam into the edge of the can. See the indentation marks in the layout photo above.

Cover the can with Halloween patterned cardstock.

Cut a nose from the scrap of foam. Attach to the block with half of a toothpick and apply a dot of glue to secure. Paint the entire block and nose green. Paint the half-balls white for the eyes. Allow to dry.

For the witch hat, cut two 6" circles from orange cardstock. Shape one circle into a cone and adhere to the flat circle. You might have to cut tiny slits in the cone to get it to lay flat around the edges. Tie a tulle bow around the crown of the hat and glue to the witch head.

For her hair, cut about twenty 12" lengths of jute string. Tie in the middle and knot. Glue to the top of the head and trim as needed. Use the same technique to make bangs, cutting the jute lengths much shorter. Unravel the jute to make her hair look fuller.

Use toothpicks and glue to attach her eyes to her face, then use a heavy-duty craft glue to adhere her inside the can, toward one edge. Place where the indents on the foam appear. Paint a black dot to each eye.

Cut out the banners for the front of the can and glue in place. Glue the letters to the banner. Embellish the can further if desired.

Hope you enjoy this project and that it inspired you to get in the s Halloween spirit!

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