Thursday, November 30, 2017

French Country Christmas Garland

* Feliz Navidad * Frohliche Weihnachten * Joyeux Noel * Buon Natale *

Say "Merry Christmas" in any language with Joy!

A garland is always on trend whatever your holiday decorating style.  This one is easy to make and can be customized to match any décor.

You will need:
Joy® Iron-on 3-D Embroidered Letter Sheet
Two, 9" x 12" Kunin® Classic Felt - Red
9" x 12" Kunin® Glitterfelt™ - White (or 3" snowflakes)
Canvas fabric (a drop cloth used for this project)
12" Pom Pom Trim - White
Red/White Bakers Twine
Large eye tapestry needle
Fabric glue

SNOWFLAKES:  I cut my own 3" snowflakes from glitter felt on the Cricut® Maker, an electronic shape cutting machine. If this option is not available, you may be able to purchase packages of 3" snowflakes at your local craft store.  You will need one snowflake per letter. 

1.  Cut a 3" x 4" canvas rectangle for each letter. Adjust this size if your snowflakes are larger/smaller than 3".  Cut so the top of the rectangle is at the folded and stitched edge at the top of the drop cloth.  If this is not possible, cut the rectangle 1/2" longer. Fold over at the top then secure with glue to create a casement for the twine.

2.  Center the snowflake on one piece of canvas then use as a guide to cut the bottom of the rectangle as shown. Use this piece as your pattern to cut the remaining pieces.

 3.  Fray the side edges of each piece.  Trim if needed.  


4.  Arrange, then glue the pieces onto the red felt with the top edge of each piece aligned with the edges of the felt.

5.  Cut around each piece about 1/8" from the edges of the canvas.

6.  Glue one snowflake to each piece then iron each letter in place following directions on the back of the package.

TIP:  Pull the fabric away from the backing of the letter sheet,  roll inward and the letters will easily release from the fabric.

7.  Glue one pom pom to the point at the bottom of each banner between the canvas and the felt.

TIP:  Place a spot of glue at the point where the threads meet so the threads won't separate when the trim is cut.

8.   Glue a piece of bakers twine across the top of each piece.

9. To create the garland, thread the end of the bakers' twine onto the needle then pull the twine through the casing at the top of each finished piece.  Leave about 12" of twine at each end of the garland.

10.  Make a small bow from the bakers twine then glue to the center at the top of each piece to finish.


May your home be filled with love, laughter and joy this season and always…..  

Joy embroidered letters and numbers can be found in a variety of colors, fonts and sizes at your favorite craft stores!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Personalized Farmhouse Christmas Stocking

Make a Farmhouse Christmas stocking this year personalized with Joy® embroidered letters!

You Will Need:

Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letter - White
Canvas Stocking
Burlap pieces and flower
Color Spray Mist in desired color

Did you know the white letters can be colored?

Once you have your canvas stocking decorated the way you like,  spray the white embroidered letter with your desired spray color. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. It may take a little while for the letter to dry but once dry, iron the letter in place following the directions on the letter sheet package. Easy Peasy! You can also glue the letters in place with fabric glue if desired.

You can also watch my video tutorial below to see how I did it....

Here is a close-up of what the letter looks like once it is colored...

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

Friday, November 24, 2017

Ho Ho Ho Gift Card Holder

This year I am getting a jump on my Christmas planning! 

Since my kids are grown I give a lot of gift cards for Christmas. I like to have some fun and creative ways to present them. This Ho Ho Ho Gift Card Holder fits the bill!

  1. Joy® Embroidered Letters
  2. Deflecto Flexible Pouch 
  3. Patterned paper
  4. Ribbons
  5. Temporary tape
  6. Hole punch

1.  Cover both sides of the flexible pouch with patterned paper.

2.  Arrange, then glue the letters to the front of the pouch.

3.  Cut a piece of cardstock to fit inside the pouch then adhere the gift card to cardstock using a temporary tape. Punch a hole in end of card stock then add ribbons by threading through the hole. Place the gift card in pouch.

Joy® Iron-on embroidered letters and numbers are available at your favorite craft stores in a variety of sizes, fonts, colors individually, or in sheets. 
White letters can be colored with paint, dyes, markers and more.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"Let It Snow" card

It's never too early to start getting ready for the holidays!

Nothing says Christmas like a flurry of snowflakes! Using adorable buttons, beautiful sequins and Joy® Iron-on embroidered letters, I am getting into the holiday spirit with this "Let It Snow" Christmas card.

  • Joy® embroidered letters - Classic Monograms sheet
  • 8 1/2" x 11" white cardstock
  • sequin/bead mix
  • snowflake buttons
  • silver cording
  • foil paper
  • paper trimmer
  • scissors
  • red line tape (double sided tacky tape)
  1. Cut cardstock in half vertically, then fold one of the cut pieces in half to make a "quarter" card. (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").  Cut foil paper to 4" x 5 1/4". 
  2. Attach red line tape to outside border of card around the foil paper.
  3. Sprinkle sequin mix onto exposed red line adhesive.
  4. Apply snowflake buttons and silver cording using red line tape.
  5. Use the embroidered letters to spell out "Let It Snow" then attach to the card with the tape. This gives the card a beautiful, soft look that you won't get with flat letter stickers!

Your friends and family will cherish this Christmas card for years to come!

Look for Joy® Iron-on letters and numbers 
in different fonts, sizes and colors at your local craft stores.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

3 Ways to Bring JOY to Your Holiday Gift Wrap

I love to wrap gifts almost as much I love to give them. Here are three easy ways to bring JOY letters into your holiday gift wrap this year.

1.  Marbled Monogram Gift Tags

3 Ways to Bring JOY to Your Holiday Gift Wrap with Laura Bray

  • Joy® Monograms
  • Plain cardstock gift tags
  • Watercolor paint
  • Craft glue
JOY Monogram Letters

  1. Paint gifts tags with watercolor, (or watered down craft paint). Simply splash the color on and let it flow all over the tag!
  2. Glue Joy Monogram Letters onto the tag. 

2.  Brown Paper (Monogrammed) Packages Tied Up with String  - Wouldn't you love to get a sweet package like this?

3 Ways to Bring JOY to Your Holiday Gift Wrap with Laura Bray

  • Large Joy Monogram Letter
  • Craft Glue
  • Brown craft paper
  • Paper Doily
  • Red and white baker's twine
JOY Monogram Letters

  1. Wrap gift in craft paper.
  2. Glue monogram letter onto the corner of the package. *When using glue, make sure it doesn't bleed through the paper onto your gift!
  3. Wrap large paper doily over one edge of the package and glue or tape in place.
  4. Tie-up with a ribbon. 

3.  Put a Bow on It Ribbon - Personalize your gift wrap ribbon with a holiday message or the recipient's name!

3 Ways to Bring JOY to Your Holiday Gift Wrap with Laura Bray

  • Joy Letters
  • Fabric ribbon
  • Iron
  • Pressing cloth
JOY Monogram Letters


Following package directions, iron the message, or name onto the ribbon. Use a pressing cloth as a hot iron may damage your ribbons!  If you use paper ribbon, you can glue the letters in place instead of using an iron.

Joy® Iron-on numbers and letters are available 
in different sizes, fonts and colors at your local craft stores.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Give Thanks Thanksgiving Pumpkin Decoration

When Halloween decorations have been packed away, it's nice to have a few fall decorations to brighten the home with before decorating for the holidays.  This pretty "Give Thanks" pumpkin decoration is perfect for a mantel or table.

You Will Need:

Joy Iron-on Embroidered letter sheet - Gold
Handmade or Store Bought Fabric Pumpkin

There are lots of cute fabric pumpkins in the stores at this time of year, or you can simply cover a craft pumpkin with fabric to make your own.

Once you have your fabric pumpkin picked out, remove the letters you need from the letter sheet, then iron the letters in place following the directions on the letter sheet package. Easy Peasy!  You can also glue the letters in place with fabric glue if desired.

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fall Greeting Cards

It's Fall, the time of year we love to hunker down, light a fire get out the stew pot and think about all the things we have to be thankful for!  Here's a card that can be used as an invitation, thank-you card, or maybe just a note to say hello! 
You will need:
Joy® iron-on embroidered letters: 1/2" Black Monogram letter sheet
Kraft card and envelope:  5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Cardstock:  green, orange, dark yellow, black and brown
Inkpads:  green, orange, dark yellow and brown
Wedge sponges
Fall leaves and pumpkin shapes
Paper trimmer
Clear glitter - optional


1.  Sponge the edges of the leaves with ink then adhere to a 1/2" x 5-1/2" strip of green card stock.  Cut out a pumpkin.

2.  Cut a 5" black square and a 4 1/2" brown cardstock square.  Sponge edges of the card, brown card stock with ink then layer and glue together as shown.

3.  Glue the pumpkin, letters and strip of leaves to the card as shown.  Apply clear glitter to highlight the edges of the pumpkin, leaves and letters to finish for a frosty sparkle.

Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and numbers can be found in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors at your favorite craft stores!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thankful Tea Towel

Need a hostess gift to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner? How about a personalized tea towel?

I love getting new towels for my kitchen!  It's something I never think to buy for myself.  The personalized "THANKFUL" phrase placed along the bottom, really sets it apart.

You will need:
JOY® Iron-on embroidered letter sheet - Gold
Tea Towel 

1. Carefully remove the letters from the fabric backing then arrange across the bottom of the tea towel. 

2. Referring to directions on the back of the package, iron the letters in place. 

Depending on the tea towel design, it may also be possible to add a name to make it even more personal.

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

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.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Eat Drink and Be Thankful

Being thankful is always in season, so whether it's Thanksgiving or everyday, these blocks are perfect for kitchen decorating.  You can stack them up as I did above, or you can arrange them in a line on your mantle or hutch.

To make a set of your own, you'll need:

Joy® Iron-on letters: 
3-inch script letters -  E, D, B and T
Letter sheet - A T, R I N K, E and H A N K F U L
1/2" Classic Monograms - A N D

Smoothfoam blocks:  2 each 2x4x8 and 2x4x12
Craft paint:  Light Cinnamon, Alizarin Crimson, Primary Red, Slate Gray (DecoArt)
Flexible Modeling Paste
Craft knife
Palette knife
Tacky glue
Wax paper
Disposable plate

1. Using the craft knife, carefully cut blocks different sizes.  Blocks shown are about 6", 9", 8" and 12".  Cut off corners and edges to give a rough look.

2. Paint the blocks with a mix of reds and light brown.  Leave your paint streaky to make it look like an old brick. Mix gray paint and flexible modeling paste and apply with a palette knife for the grout.  Let dry.

3. Glue the letters to bricks as shown.

Other ideas:  Cover the blocks with patterned paper, or an old, brown grocery sack.  When using paper, you can iron on the letters to the paper, then glue it to the foam blocks.  Or, arrange these words on a plaque.  Of course, you can use whatever JOY letters you like.  White letters can also be colored to coordinate with the paper.

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

Friday, November 3, 2017

Rustic Happy Fall Y'all Pumpkin Sign


I am always on the look out for cute items that can be upcycled to create one of a kind home decor pieces.  This rustic pallet pumpkin was just calling out to me from the Target dollar spot and with the addition of some Joy® iron-on embroidered letters, it quickly becomes a custom keepsake.

Select a combination of white Joy® iron-on embroidered letters to spell out your message.

To create the apostrophe, I carefully cut the leg from the capital letter Q with a pair of detail scissors.

Place the embroidered letters on an old towel in a cardboard box then spritz completely with brown spray ink stain.

Accent with a light misting of burgundy spray ink stain.  Set aside to dry completely.

Arrange the letters on the pallet until you are pleased with the composition.  

Peel the backing paper from the letters that spell FALL then adhere to the center of the pumpkin in a random fashion.  Line up the HAPPY above and the Y'ALL below, then iron on according to the directions on the package.

Using a hot glue gun, embellish with silk leaves, twine and a variety of green ribbons.

I hope that you have enjoyed my Rustic Happy Fall Y'all Pumpkin sign and that you will use this project as a jumping off point to showcase how YOU create with JOY!

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

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