Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Flower Box


Spring is everyone's favorite season because there are so many flowers and who doesn't love flowers!


Made from a plain container, here's a Happy Flower Box to brighten up your desk.

Supplies:
  • Joy® Iron-on embroidered letter sheet
  • pattern paper
  • matching ink
  • square container
  • floral foam
  • paper crinkles
  • adhesive and  hot glue gun
  • craft sticks
  • paper/fabric flowers

1. Layer patterned papers on the front on the box then add letters on top. Use a sewing machine machine to add a little extra dimension to the front.

2.  Ink the edges of the papers then adhere to the remaining 3 sides.  Place a piece of floral foam inside the container and cover with paper crinkles.


3.  Glue a craft stick to the back of each flower then insert the flowers into the floral foam inside the container.


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, March 27, 2018

Easter Wreath

Celebrate the joy of Easter with a Peek-a-Boo bunny wreath!
 

Decorate your home with this bright and cheery, felt Easter egg wreath with (or without) a peek-a-boo bunny.  Hang either inside or outside for all to enjoy this Easter season!

You will need:
  • Joy® embroidered, iron-on letters - 1" white   A, E, P - 2 each plus H, Y, S, T, R
  • Joy® Baby Monogram embroidered, iron-on letter sheet - white
  • Kunin®  Classic White Dot Coordinates felt - 9"x12" Candy Pink, Yellow & Lagoon
  • Kunin®  Classic Glitter, or Premium Felt - 9"x12" white  x 2
  • Smoothfoam™ Ruled Wreath - 12"
  • Smoothfoam™ 8" ring
  • Small black buttons - 2
  • Tacky glue
  • Ball head quilt pins
  • 2" Burlap ribbon
  • Patterns

  


1.  Place the wreath on a firm surface then push the ring firmly into the center of the wreath until it rests on the surface underneath.  This will create a level surface on the underside for shapes.  Note: you may need to cut the ring into 2 pieces, then trim about 1/2" from one of the ends for a snug fit.


2.  Wrap the wreath and ring with burlap ribbon.  Secure the end with 2 or 3 ball head quilt pins.


3.  Download then print the patterns.  Cut 4 pink, 4 yellow and 3 blue felt egg shapes.  Glue each colored shape to white felt then cut around the outside about 1/8" from the edge.

 

4.  Glue (or pin*) to the wreath.  Remove the backing from each letter then place at the center of each egg shape as shown.  If you choose to pin the egg to the wreath, use regular pins and place where they will be covered by the letter.


5.  Cut the basic bunny shapes from white felt.  Cut 2 inner ear shapes (smaller) and the simple heart shape from pink felt.  Glue the body and legs, ears and head together, add the buttons for eyes then color the bunny's cheeks with pink chalk (or blush from your cosmetic bag).  Attach to the back of the wreath with quilt pins.

 

 

Not just for decorating wreaths, you can also use the felt shapes to create a "HAPPY EASTER" banner,  or ornaments by simply adding a bow and hanger at the top. 

 

Use the egg shape pattern to create additional egg shapes with leftover felt then glue to the back of the ones with letters.  Decorate this side with trim you have on hand then add small embroidered letters from the Joy® Baby Monogram letter sheet to create a personalized felt ornament to hang on an Easter tree!  Use initials for longer names.

 

 

May your Easter weekend be filled with Joy! 

These felt egg ornaments are also featured on the Life in the Craft Lane blog.

You can always find Joy at your local craft store 😜

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Create Personalized Easter Bunny Signs in 15 Minutes

Hard to believe, but Easter is just around the corner!


Creating super cute, quick and easy holiday decor is a snap with Joy® Embroidered, Iron-On Letters.  These two Personalized Bunny Signs went together in just 15 minutes!

Here is what you will need:
  • Joy Embroidered Iron-On Letter sheets - Aqua and Fuchsia
  • Bunny Silhouettes (from the Target Dollar Spot)
  • Craft Iron  
  • Ribbon scrap and Glue


Here is how to make it:

1.  Select your Joy Embroidered, Iron-On Letters for the saying.  Pop the letters off the backing sheet and position on your project.



2.  Iron the letters in place according to the directions on the back of the package.


3.  Add a ribbon hanger to the back with some hot glue and you are done!


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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Oh, the Joy of Spring!

It's Spring!


The trees and flowers are blooming and everything looks fresh and vibrant - it's time to decorate!

You will need:
  • Joy® Embroidered Monogram Letters:  1-1/2" white, S P R I N G
  • Felt -  dark pink, lavender, light pink, dark green, light green, white, cream
  • Fusible web (Heat 'n Bond)
  • Ribbon:  1-1/4" sheer cream colored, 3 yards
  • Sign/banner hangers:  6
  • Scissors
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Pattern  Spring Garland Flower
 

1.  Following package directions, adhere fusible web to the felt.


2.  Trace the flower pattern onto the fusible web then cut using your choice of colors.


3.  With the web side down, place each flower shape onto a contrasting color of felt.  Cut around the shape about 1/4" from the edge to create a border.

 

4.  Cut 2 or 3 green leaves for each flower.  Adhere to a second layer of green then cut about 1/8"from the edge to create a border.

5.  Trace a circle onto scrap pieces of felt to create a contrasting center for each flower then fringe by making small cuts around the edge. 

6.  Adhere one circle to the center of each flower then iron, or glue the letters in place as shown.


7.  Attach the banner holders then thread the ribbon through each one leaving a length of ribbon at each end to tie.




Joy embroidered iron-on letters are available at your local craft store in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes.  White letters can also be colored with dye, paint or markers for all your needs.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Mixed Media Spring Birdhouse

Say hello to spring with a mixed media birdhouse featuring Joy® Embroidered Letters!


This little inexpensive birdhouse is so easy to make using supplies you probably already have on hand.

You will need:
  • Joy® Embroidere letter sheets - White Classic Monograms
  • Bird House
  • Chalk paint - color of your choice
  • Foam brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mod Podge® découpage medium, or glue
  • Embellishments - buttons, trim, flowers, scraps of scrapbook paper


Instructions:

1.  Lightly sand the edges of the birdhouse then paint with chalk paint.  Let dry.
2.  Cut, or tear scraps of patterned scrap book paper then glue to the roof and/or sides as desired.
3.  Glue trims, buttons and flowers in place then add letters to spell the word WELCOME.

Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters are available in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors. White letters can also be colored with dye, paint, markers and more to create custom colors!


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Welcome Spring Banner

Time to get ready for Spring!


As soon as the calendar turns to March, I start thinking Spring. 
It's right around the corner and I can hardly wait.


To make the "Welcome Spring" banner you'll need:
  • Joy® iron-on letter sheet - white
  • Classic Felt - 9" x 12" x 2
  • Dye Ink - blue, green, pink and lavender 
  • Small misting bottles - 2
  • 9' dowel
  • 18" jute or yarn
  • Needle and thread
  • Felt glue
  • Silicone mat
  • Buttons
  • Trim

1. Add several drops of dye ink to each misting bottle.  
2. Remove letters from the backing sheet and place on a silicone mat (or wax paper).
3. Spritz the letters with both blue and green ink for a variegated look. Allow the ink to soak into the letters then dab away excess ink and water with a paper towel.  Let dry. 


4.  Create simple, hand drawn flower (small and medium), circle and leaf patterns onto paper. Cut then trace around the patterns onto white felt. Cut out.
5.  Spray the leaves green; set aside then spray the flowers and circles one color at a time.  Let dry.

 

6.  Layer the circle, small flower and large flower on top of each other then stitch in place.  Use a small amount of glue to hold the pieces in place while you stitch.


7.  To create the banner shape, fold the second piece of felt in half lengthways.  Cut diagonally across the bottom from the center fold to a point about 3" up from the bottom corner on the outer edges.  Stitch the flowers to the banner using a button at the center of each one.  Tuck leaves underneath the outer edges of the flowers then stitch in place.

8.  Position, then glue the letters in place as shown.  Use a sewing machine to stitch the banner to backing material, then stitch trim in place across the top and around the bottom edge if desired.






10.  Create a casing along the top edge. Insert a dowel then tie a length of jute or yarn at each end to create a hanger.

If you need to finish your banner in less time, glue the flowers, leaves and trim in place, then use a fusible interfacing to adhere the felt banner to a backing.

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

Decorated Mail Bag

It's in the bag!


One of my favorite things to do when I was younger was to send and receive pen pal letters. I enjoyed hearing about life in different cities or foreign countries. Some of us have grown apart while others are still close, now relying on the digital age to communicate. I missed the anticipation of seeing if there was a letter in the mailbox and discovering what sort of goodies or gossip were waiting for me.

Then I found a pen pal group on Facebook!  It's fun hear about new friends while keeping alive snail mail- art! But keeping the letters separate from the bills, advertisements and magazines was proving difficult so So I created this wonderful mail bag!


Supplies used:




  •  Joy® Dyeable Letters - white
  • A 3 pocket card organizer
  • Assorted embellishments and trim
  • Colored marker
  • Adhesive or iron




  • This mail bag started out as a 3 pocket hanging fabric card organizer from the dollar store. I didn't like the print so I covered it with brightly colored tissue paper and clear packing tape.

    Next I colored in the letters with a pen and adhered them to the bag with a clear drying adhesive.
    (If you want to stay with the original fabric design, then you can iron the letters in place.)

    The assorted embellishments and trim were glued in place and left to dry completely overnight before hanging up.


    The nice thing about this bag is that it 'blends' with our general home decor. It hangs near the common home mail bag, so unless you knew what you were looking at, you might assume it was just another piece of art I made! We love it!


    You can find Joy® iron-on embroidered letters at your local craft stores.

    Friday, March 9, 2018

    Personalized Instrument Case

    Every kid needs to personalize their own instrument case!


    This is so easy to make. All you have to do is to add you favorite Joy® iron-on letters and emojis that every tween will want to personalize their various cases for school!

    You will need:

    • Joy® Iron on Embroidery Letters - Blue
    • Joy® Iron on Emoji packs
    • Iron


    1. Position letters and emojis on the as shown.  Use a ruler to help keep them in a straight line.


    2. Iron the letters in place following directions on the packaging.



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


    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.