Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mini Pallet Tree

'Tis the season to bring Joy, Love and Peace into your home...

You'll need the following to make this mini pallet tree:

  • Joy iron-on letter sheet 
  • Joy iron-on star
  • 7 Paint sticks, or 1" x 9" wood slats
  • Acrylic paint - Green and white
  • Small hand saw, or utility knife
  • 1" Sponge brush
  • Round sponge pouncer
  • Glitter glue
  • Tacky glue
  • String for hanger
1. Lay the paint sticks together as shown. Use a ruler to mark the center of the stick.  (Do not include the part of the stick with the cut outs.)  Make a mark 1/2" either side of the center mark.

2. Draw a line from each outside corner to the mark on either side of the center.  Cut each stick along the lines.

3. Paint the sticks with green paint thinned with water. Let dry then swipe across with the pouncer dipped in white. Let dry then re-paint with glitter glue.



4. Add the letters, overlapping two sticks, while the glitter glue is still wet, then glue each pair across the center stick.  Let dry then glue a loop of twine to the back of the center stick and the star to the front.

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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Photo cube ornament

joy letters holiday ornament

A handmade photo cube ornament makes a great gift for anyone on your list. This project is super quick and easy to create with your favorite scrapbook papers, craft glue and paper punches. I like to use smooth foam cubes (rather than wood or paper maché) because they're lightweight and easy to embellish by pressing in straight pins and decorative brads.

Adhere a square of paper to each side, then glue Joy letters on one side for a holiday message or your recipient's name. Punch a small frame out of cardstock and glue just three sides down so they can easily slide in a small photo at the top. Use a skewer to poke a small hole through the top of the cube and press a knotted loop of ribbon or rickrack inside (secure with pins or glue).

How about making one of these ornaments each year for your children's school photos? So cute!

Joy embroidered letters can be found at your local craft store in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Holiday Hoop Art

The holidays are upon us! Here's a cute hoop art project. The great thing is there is NO sewing involved for this project! Here's the other secret... I didn't have any O's left in my Joy letter stash, so I used the letter 'Q' and covered it with a felt holly leaf! It's a great way to stretch a letter set.

  • 6" embroidery hoop
  • Black acrylic craft paint (optional)
  • 8" square of red felt
  • Craft glue
  • Joy embroidered letters - You can find Joy Letters at your local craft store!
  • Green felt scraps
  • Red buttons 
  • Ribbons, rosettes and other embellishments 
  1. Paint the embroidery hoop with black paint. This is optional! You can get a more rustic look by simply using the wood hoop in it's natural, wood color.
  2. Once the paint on the hoop is dry, place the square of red felt into the hoop and secure.
  3. Arrange the Joy Letters in the center of the hoop, then add embellishments like holly cut from green felt scraps, buttons, rosettes, and ribbons. When you are happy with the placement of the letters and embellishments, glue everything in place.

4.  Allow the glue to dry thoroughly then carefully cut the excess felt around the outside of the hoop and hang.

I hope you have a very JOYful Holiday Season!
Please come and visit me on my blog to get tons of holiday inspiration.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Merry Canvas

Make the holidays "Merry" with this mini decorated canvas.

To make the Merry Canvas you'll need:
  • Joy embroidered letters
  • 3" x 9" canvas
  • Red and white craft paints, brush
  • Crackle glaze
  • Glitter glue, craft glue
  • Extra-fine white glitter
  • Twine, ribbon
  • Greenery
  • Jingle bells 

  • Paint the canvas red and let dry.
  • Paint over the red with a thick coat of crackle glaze. The thicker the coat, the deeper the cracks. Allow plenty of time for the glaze to dry. 

  • Lightly dry-brush white paint across the canvas to accentuate the crackling. 
  • Wipe excess paint off with a clean cloth.

  • Paint each letter with glitter glue and sprinkle with white glitter.
  • Glue letters onto the canvas, leaving space on the left for embellishing.
  • Wrap twine around canvas and embellish with jingle bells, greenery and a bow to finish.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Give Thanks Pumpkin Blocks

Try these quick and easy "Give Thanks" pumpkin blocks - a great project for your mantle or a centerpiece for your holiday table. Be creative and think of other messages you could place on the remaining three sides of each block to make this home décor piece even more versatile!

This project was quick and easy to put together in under 30 minutes, so you can make several sets in an afternoon to give to friends and family in gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!

Paint your wood blocks with different colors of craft paints, adding a second coat if necessary. Once dry, apply a heavy coat of crackle medium to each painted block and let dry.

Once the crackle medium has dried, brush a 50/50 blend of brown paint and water over the cracks. Wipe any excess paint away with damp paper towel or baby wipe and set aside to dry.

Position your Joy embroidered letters to spell out "Give Thanks" on each block.

Following the package directions, iron the Joy letters onto the blocks. I use a small craft iron because it gives me better control, plus craft irons don't have steam holes, which makes for move even heat and adhesion.

Glue short pieces of a tree branch to the top center of each block, then glue a short length of knotted green ribbon to the front of the stem as the leaves.

JOY iron-on embroidered letters can be found at your local craft store. They are available in different sizes, fonts and colors, including letters which can be dyed with markers, sprays, etc.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Easy DIY Harvest Banner

Who doesn't love a fun banner for every season? This easy DIY banner is so quick, you will be back to doing laundry in no time. JOY iron-on letters add the perfect touch to your project. 

  • JOY iron-on letters
  • Die-cut leaf shapes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Large paper punch (mine is the shape of a mason jar)
  • Kraft paper
  • Adhesive stencil
  • Black fine-point marker
  • Twine, flowers, ribbon
  • Mini clothespins  

There are a variety of styles and colors to choose from when picking your letters for a project.

I chose the leaf die-cuts and letters I wanted to use and lined them up on my work surface. I purchased die-cuts that already had the glitter detail on it to save a step. I used a hot glue gun to layer the punched shapes, then the letters on each leaf, and add the detail embellishments. 

I used mini clothespins to attach my leaves to a ribbon so I could hang it.

I use a lot of mason jars in my fall decorating, so adding these punched mason jar pieces will be perfect. I outlined the edges of each punched shape to add some dimension. I needed a little more detail, so I used an adhesive stencil on the bottom of each piece and colored it in with the marker. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

"Give Thanks" holiday tabletop sign

November is a month of changing seasons. It is a time of giving thanks for food, comfort and plenty.

Here is a vignette I created to celebrate the season in which we give thanks and enjoy the company of family and friends. Joy embroidered letters are perfect for creating keepsakes for all occasions, as well as decorating any fabric surface.

Wishing you a JOY filled season of warmth, love and thanks!


Joy embroidered letters
10 small acrylic sign holders (mine are from Deflecto)
Cardstock in green, brown, orange
Fall-themed scrapbook papers with designs on both sides
Seasonal stickers or chipboard die-cuts
Brown ink pad, sponge
Tape runner, dimension adhesive foam squares
Paper trimmer, scissors


1. Trim the cardstock for each letter's background to fit the sign holders, alternating the colors.

2.  Trim the patterned papers 1/2" smaller than the cardstock and coordinate the colors to match the cardstock.

3.  Color the edges of the papers using the sponge and the ink pad.

4.  Adhere the patterned paper to the cardstock, positioned with extra space at the top as shown.

5.  Insert the papers into each holder and adhere one letter to the top of each.

6.  Embellish with stickers or die-cuts to the top of the holder using a 3-d foam dot.  **Designer tip:  If you are using thin stickers; peel and adhere each sticker to a piece of cardstock and cut out, leaving a 1/8" cardstock border. This will give body to the sticker. Apply using a foam dot.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thank "Full" Tree

There are so many things in my life for which I am thankful. I love to decorate for Thanksgiving in a way that reminds me and others to take time to be thankful.  Here's an easy tree that you can create for a reminder in your home.  Everyone can add names or things for which they are thankful.

You'll need:
JOY letters
terra cotta pot
Smoothfoam discs
Tree branch
Burlap, twine
Die-cut leaves in fall colors
Hole punch, glue gun, tacky glue, pen

Fill the pot with a couple of foam discs to stabilize the tree branch.

Poke a hole in the center for the branch and glue the foam discs with the branch into the pot. Cover the foam with burlap and glue it down inside the pot edges.

Glue the letters onto the pot with tacky glue.

Die-cut the leaves and punch holes. Thread twine through the holes, tie and hang.  Leave extra leaves around the base.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Every Thanksgiving table needs a pretty centerpiece, so let's make one using JOY embroidered letters!

  • JOY embroidered letters
  • Fall floral pick
  • Flexible sign dangler (mine is from Deflecto)
  • Cardstock, chipboard, or plastic (for sign)
  • Mini straw bale
  • Glue dots
  • Hot glue gun (optional)

1. Cut apart floral pick so that you can arrange the individual pieces as you like. Insert the stems into the straw bale or glue on using a hot glue gun.

2. Place the sign holder under the wire that holds the straw bale together. 

3.  Use JOY letters to spell out your holiday message on the sign. The style of letter that I chose is actually an iron-on, but I was able to attach the letters using glue dots! Decorate the sign with pieces from the floral pick. Attach sign to the sign holder then cover the sign holder with leaves or other floral pieces.

Now you have a beautiful addition to your holiday table! And since these are so easy to make and budget-friendly, make a few extras so your guests can take one home for themselves!

JOY embroidered letters come in a variety of sizes, colors and fonts and can be found at your local craft stores.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Autumn Welcome Wreath

fall crafts leaf wreath

It's that time of the year for fall crafts...when things start to cool off, the winds blow colder and leaves change from greens to warm reds and golden hues. Perfect time to make an autumn welcome wreath!

To get started, you will need the following supplies:
  1.  Joy Embroidered letters
  2.  12" wreath form
  3.  Decorative autumn leaves garlands
  4.  14" strip of clear vinyl
  5.  Scissors
  6.  Black marker
  7.  Clear craft glue

Place your wreath form on top of the vinyl strip and mark where you want the letters to be placed to spell "welcome." Trim the vinyl strip as needed to attach to the back of the wreath and set aside.

Rather than wind the garlands around the wreath form as is, I opted to combine them to create a custom garland. Pull off all the larger leaves and separate the colors into piles. Use a smaller wired garland to attach the leaves to the wreath form, alternating with the different colors.

Look for open spaces and carefully push the leaves along the wreath shape (like a scrunchie), filling in the gaps. Add more leaves until your wreath is full.

Finish by loosely wrapping more of the wired garland around the wreath, tucking it into some of the larger leaves. Attach the clear vinyl strip to the back of the wreath with wire or glue. Glue your Joy letters in place on the vinyl and hang for all to enjoy!

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