Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Herringbone Wall Art

Create a beautiful herringbone wall art inspirational piece using Joy Iron On Embroidered Letters.

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letter sheet - Gold Metallic
  • Inked Herringbone Design
  • Frame
  • Adhesive

To create the herringbone pattern, first, ink up a glossy white cardstock with the colors of your choice. Then using some washi tape or painters tape, create a herringbone pattern. Ink over the washi tape with a black ink to fill in the spaces between the tape pieces. Remove the washi tape and then using a liquid adhesive, adhere the letters to herringbone piece. Frame and hang on your wall!

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

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Personalized Stitched Sampler

Celebrate special occasions with a personalized stitched sampler.

A stitched sampler is a great gift idea for a wedding, anniversary or housewarming, especially when it's personalized with embroidered letters and.or numbers.

You will need:
  • JoyⓇ Iron-On Embroidered Letter Sheet- Baby Monogram White
  • Tattered Angels-Glimmer Mist-Crushed Shells 
  • Kunin Felt:  Red, Cream, Tan, Olive, Gray, Light Gray, Tan Embossed
  • Sewing Machine
  • Needle and Thread
  • Buttons
  • Vintage Trim
  • 1 1/2" Red and Cream Striped Ribbon 
  • Fabri Tac Glue 

1.  Create custom numbers to match the project by spraying with glimmer mist.  Let dry.
2.  Using the picture below as a guide, cut pieces as shown.

3.  The flowers were made using a simple hand drawn flower shape, traced onto the felt. 
4.  Add red ink to the tips of the cream flowers with a stencil brush.
5.  Machine, or hand stitch the gray scalloped square onto the tan square and the light grey roof at the top of the house shape.
6.  Iron numbers at the center of the red heart.  
7.  Arrange then adhere smaller pieces to the house using fabri tac glue. 
8.  Hand stitch smaller pieces and buttons into place.
9.  Add finish piece into a shadow box frame.

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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Birthday Princess Crown

Ready for a Princess Birthday Party? Every birthday girl needs her party crown!!

A little felt and a headband with Joy® iron-on letters and you are ready for an amazing party!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letters - Silver
  • Kunin Felt
  • Star Die
  • Silver Balls
  • Tulle
  • Diamond Trim
  • Scissors
  • Glue


1. Cut the shape of the crown from felt.

2. Wrap the cut shape into a tube, overlap then glue to create the top of the crown.
3. Cut a circle a little larger than the opening at the bottom of the crown.  Cut 2 slits about 1/2" from the edge on opposite sides of the circle for the headband.
4. Glue a length of gathered tulle around the edge of the base for a "tutu" effect.
5. Glue the top of the crown to the base.
6. Glue the diamond trim around the base as shown,  and a silver bead at the top of each point.
7. Cut out a felt star. Glue the number to the center of the star and the star to the front of the crown.

8. Slide headband into the base of the crown through the slits and enjoy!

Enjoy this short video on how to make this adorable birthday crown for the birthday boy or girl.

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, May 21, 2018

Bubble Bucket

Make a colorful Bubble Bucket to hold everything you need for your next bubble party!

Whether you are young or old, bubbles always bring out the kid in us! They always bring a smile to my face because they are fun to see at the park, beach or even around the neighborhood!
Start a bubble party at your next event with the bubble bucket!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letter sheet- White
  • Metal Bucket
  • Colored markers
  • Tacky adhesive or a hot glue gun


1. Color your letters in with the markers then glue to the front of the bucket.
2. Fill with bubble toys. It's as simple as that...       Have fun!

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and number sheets at your local craft store.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Personalize a Re-usable Bag

 Bagging it up with Joy

Recycling has become an important part of life and re-usable bags are available for purchase almost everywhere we shop, just waiting to be personalized!

You will need:
  • Joy® iron-on letter sheet - black; 1-1/2" 
  • Individual letters to spell BAG - white
  • canvas bag
  • fabric paint:  light pink 
  • paint brush
  • ribbon: 2-1/2" black and white stripe
  • fabric adhesive
  • scissors
  • iron, ironing board
  • pressing cloth
  • water container, paper towels, paper plate
  1. Unwrap the white letters but leave them on the cardboard backing.  Lay on a paper plate then paint each one.  Let dry then remove the cardboard and the white, backing from the back of each letter.
  2. Select black letters to spell "URBAN".  
  3. Iron out any wrinkles on the canvas bag.
  4. Cut the ribbon to fit horizontally from side to side on the bag.  Adhere using fabric glue.
  5. Place the bag on the ironing board.  Add the letters then iron on using a pressing cloth following manufacturer's instructions on the back of the package.

Enjoy your urban bag and don't foget to make one for a friend! 

 Joy letters can be used to personalize bags, shirts, just about anything you can think of!  Check out more designs on the Creating with JOY blog. You can find Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets at your local craft store.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Monogram Water Bottle

Summer is coming so hydrate in style with this monogram water bottle!

I love the look of those expensive water bottles but I don't want to spend a crazy amount of money for one. By using Joy® embroidered monograms, I made one at a fraction of the cost!

You will need:
  • Joy® embroidered circle monograms
  • burlap 
  • ribbon
  • acrylic photo water bottle
  • iron
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
1. Open the water bottle and separate the liner from the outer acrylic.
2. Iron the Joy embroidered monograms onto the burlap.

3. Cut the burlap so that it just goes around the bottle and secure ends with hot glue. Continue until the bottle liner is covered.  

4.  Hot glue ribbon on the bottle liner (great for hiding seams if your burlap is not wide enough).
then replace the liner.

Look for Joy® embroidered letters in a variety of fonts and colors at your favorite craft stores!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mason Jar Embroidery Hoop

Adding a simple monogram to a project can make all the difference. 

I have not done hand embroidery in years. I have forgotten how much I enjoyed it and how relaxing it is. I recently took a class with friends and we completed this super cute project.  Once the project was done I felt like it needed a little extra something to finish it off and give it some polish.

Small Script Monogram to the rescue! I dug through my stash and pulled out my initial. The "A" was a bit too large for the heart so I settled on the "S" for my last name instead.  I followed the instructions found here to adhere my letter to the felt heart.

It looks so much better now! I am going to hang it in my studio for a fun bit of décor.

You can find Joy iron-on embroidered letters and letter sheets at your local craft store. They're available in different colors and sizes and the white ones can be colored!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Welcome Gnome Wreath

Gnomes are a quirky, fun part of gardening.  
But what are you to do if you don't have room for a garden? 

Create a kitschy WELCOME GNOME wreath using a few wood slices, a cute stamp set, and JOY Embroidered Letters!

You will need:
  • Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters Classic Monograms - White
  • Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters Baby Monograms - White
  • Americana Acrylics by DecoArt, Country Red & Bright Blue
  • Wreath Form 6", Reindeer Moss, Wood Slices 14, Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks, Paintbrush, Gnome Stamp Set, Archival Ink Pad Black, White Cardstock, Scissors, Red, Blue, Yellow, Gray, Brown, Flesh and Tan Markers, Wire Black 24 Gauge, Wire Cutters, Craft Iron and Pressing Cloth

1.  Attach moss to wreath form with hot glue, then attach wood slices in a stacked and staggered pattern on top of moss.

2.  Stamp gnomes and mushrooms onto white cardstock, color then cut out.  Hot glue wire to the back of each shape, then insert into moss.

3.  Paint "WELCOME" letters from the Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters Classic Monograms with Country Red. Let dry.

4. Paint GNOME letters from the Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters Baby Monograms with Bright Blue. Let dry.

5. Peel letters from backing sheet then iron on to wood slices, referring to the directions on the back of the package. I used a pressing cloth on top of the letters to prevent paint from getting on my iron.

Enjoy your WELCOME GNOME wreath all Summer long!

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

Sunday, May 6, 2018

DIY Travel Shoe Bag in 5 Minutes

A place for everything!

It's almost summer and that means time for vacation! Make your packing a little easier by creating simple travel shoe bags, personalized with Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters.

You will need:

  • Small cloth bag for your shoes. (I used a bag that a bed sheet set came in. It's the perfect size for this project!)
  • Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters
  • Iron, ironing board, and pressing cloth


  1. Remove letters from sheet to spell out the word "SHOES".
  2. Set iron to cotton setting or a setting appropriate to the bag's fabric.
  3. Arrange letters on the bag. Cover letters with a pressing cloth and firmly press with the iron. Continue ironing over the letters for about 30 seconds.
  4. Flip the bag inside out then iron over the letters on the reverse for an additional 30 seconds.
  5. Allow bag to cool for at least a minute before handling. 

You can use these steps to create CLEAN and DIRTY underwear and sock bags too!

Need another five minute project?  Check-out this tutorial for upgrading your closet organization.

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Upcycled Gift Box

A gift for Mom!

Upcycle a cheese container to create a gift box for your Mom or other special person.
You will need:

  • JOY® Script Letters - 1 1/2"  white 
  • Round cheese container
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • ColoriQue inks
  • Bead trim 
  • Pearl cabochons
  • Glitter paint
  • Scissors
  • Die and die-cut machine,
  • Paintbrush
  • Tacky glue
  • Toothpicks

1.  Choose letters for a short name, nickname or initials.  Create the color you want by blending the inks then paint the letters.

2.  Paint the inside and sides of the box with acrylic paint.

3.  Trace around the lid and bottom of the box onto paper then cut out.  Use a paintbrush (or sponge brush) to spread a thin layer of glue on the surface of the top and bottom of the box, then press the paper cut outs in place.

4. Glue letters and trim to the top then add die cut flowers, hand-cut leaves and cabochons or pieces of trim as shown.  Add touches of glitter paint to background, letters and flowers to finish.

Look for Joy® iron-on, embroidered letters at your local craft stores.

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