Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Team USA Decorative Blocks

It's time to decorate for 4th of July and I always like to display a little something cute on the top of my piano (really it's to keep the cats from laying there). I picked up these 4" pre-printed canvas blocks at a local craft store, along with some Joy 3" Varsity Block Letters.

Using some antiquing cream on the surface gave the blocks the aged look I wanted, then I added a bit of cream paint for highlights.

I pulled random bits and pieces from my stash to decorate each block and give them some visual interest.

Everything, including the letters, was adhered using my low-temp glue gun.

TIP: Did you know that if you have little "strings" from your hot glue on your project that giving them a little shot with a heat gun melts them away?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Magnet

Wake up your kitchen with this eye-catching dishwasher magnet - use bright colors to match your kitchen décor!

Supplies needed:
- JOY embroidered letters
- Small wood plaque
- Magnet sheet to fit the plaque
- Craft paint and paint brush
- Heavy-duty clear adhesive

  1.  Glue your magnet to the back of the plaque.
  2.  If necessary, draw a dividing line across the center of the plaque.
  3.  Starting with the lighter color, paint each half of the plaque. 
  4.  Let dry completely, then glue the Joy letters in place.
Keep it for yourself or give it as a housewarming present!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pillow Pals

My grandchildren are still young enough to enjoy spending the night at Nana and Papa's house. The boys have their own more masculine room and my granddaughter has a more feminine, shabby chic room. 

I've been sprucing the boys' room up a bit and thought it would be fun to add some pillows with their names and date of birth, plus it will give them an additional sense of ownership. I started with two ready-made pillows then used individual letters to spell out their names and a sheet of smaller letters for the dates. You will also need some fabric glue.

1. Peel off the waxy paper from the back of each letter to reveal the adhesive. 

2. Position the letters on the pillow then press into place. For positioning, it's easier to place the center letter first, then work out to the left then the right.

3. Gently peel the numbers from the small monogram sheet then glue to the pillow.

4. There weren't enough "0"s for the date on the second pillow, so I substituted the letter "O" instead. I think it looks great!  My third grandson is due next month and, unless he's born on the 10th or the 20th, there are still enough numbers and one letter "O" to make a pillow for him too!

JOY embroidered letters are available in a variety of sizes, fonts and colors.  There are also letters that can be dyed any color with fabric dye, markers, paint and sprays - all available at your favorite craft store!  Enjoy! 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Flip Flop Welcome Sign

flip flop welcome sign

Create this quick and easy flip flop welcome sign in under 30 minutes with supplies from the dollar store! I purchased 4 pairs of colorful flip flops, one bunch of daises and 2 butterflies for just $6.00 - SCORE! The ribbon and glue were from my craft stash.

1. Arrange seven flip flops on your work surface, with the largest in the center to the smallest on the end, in an arch.

2. Glue them all together, side by side as shown, at the top and bottom. Brace the back with strips of cardboard glued in place.

3. Snip daisy heads from the bunch and glue one each thong. Attach a butterfly to the last flip flop.

4. Turn over the sign and tie a ribbon hanger to the second and sixth flop flop (tied to the thong button). Tie a bow.

5. Spell out the word WELCOME with Joy embroidered letters. Peel off the backing and glue the letters to bottoms of the flip flops.

Hang your sign and enjoy it all summer long! It's great to make as a hostess gift for all of those backyard barbecues you will be invited to!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Monogrammed Jean Jacket

monogrammed jean jacket

My daughter was telling me the other day about a store in her area that was having a "Monogram Event." If you purchased an item from the store, they would monogram it while you wait. She said it was a pretty big deal.

Being the thrifty ones, we used Joy iron-on embroidered letters instead. It only took about a minute to create this custom look on her "thrifted" denim jacket.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Live Simply, Dream Big wallhanging

live simply dream big wallhanging

I love the look of inspirational hand-lettered wall art, but I'm not the best at hand-lettering. So what's a girl to do? Cheat of course! I used Joy's beautiful selection of embroidered letters to create my own piece of inspirational "hand lettered" wall art. While Joy letters are iron-on for fabric, you can always skip the iron and glue them to just about any surface.

  • Black 8x10 canvas (or paint a white one)
  • Joy Letters - There are tons of fonts, sizes, and styles to choose from at your local craft store, so mix and match!
  • Craft glue
  • Acrylic craft paints

Arrange the letters on your canvas. Do this before you start gluing to give yourself the chance to make sure the spacing works.

Once you are happy with the letter arrangement, start gluing down the letters.

Paint flowers around your quote. Not a painter? Use stamps or collage around your quote.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer DIY Sandals

diy flipflops

I love fancy sandals and flip-flops, but I just don't want to pay the crazy prices for them. So what's a girl to do in the summer? How about decorating your own?

I bought a pair of cheap slide-on sandals at the drugstore. They were cute, but I wanted to pep them up. I hot-glued a bright yellow felt square to each shoe, and then added JOY embroidered letters to the felt square (also using hot glue).

This would be a great summer project for tweens and teens, and will make them the standout star of the pool or beach!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Canvas tote for the bride

bridal tote bag joy iron on letters

Wedding season is upon us and we have one coming up in our family. Our daughter is the bride-to-be and we are going all-out with a DIY wedding. Joy iron-on embroidered letters are perfect for personalizing shirts, bags and gifts for the bride and her attendants. 

I found everything I needed to make the bag at my local craft store. This is a quick and easy project!

The letters have a release paper on the back, that when taken off reveal a tacky surface. This allows you to place the letters where you want them. It is sticky, but not permanent. To make the letters adhere permanently, follow the manufacturer's directions and apply heat to the letters using an iron.


Joy embroidered letters to spell BRIDE.  (star appliqué sold separately)
Canvas bag
Rhinestone and tacky glue 
Iron, ironing board, pressing cloth

I also purchased a bandanna in one of the wedding colors. It serves as a liner for the bag to hold other gifts and the bride can use it to tie her hair back or as a neck kerchief.  

I will be making bags for the bridal attendants, but using smaller letters and in different colors. Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid take a little more room on the bag!

I hope you got some inspiration here today, if you would like to leave a comment or question, I love getting them.

Joy Embroidered letters can be found at your local craft store in a wide variety of fonts, sizes and colors!  Enjoy!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Multi-font Inspirational Sign

Creating a colorful, multi-font sign with JOY letters is so easy!
Here's how:

1.  Select your favorite inspirational word.
2.  Choose letters of different fonts and colors to spell your word. Arrange on a sign.
3.  Glue to the sign with tacky glue if it's wood. If it's fabric, iron-on your letters. 
4.  Hang it up and be inspired!

Look for Joy iron-on, embroidered letters at your favorite craft store!

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