Friday, August 30, 2019

Harvest Crate

It's time to bring in the harvest.  Display it in this easy-to-decorate crate.

You will need:

  • Joy® embroidered letters - 1" red block letters used here
  • Small wooden crate
  • Gray paint
  • Decorative nails
  • Tacky glue
  • Paintbrush, water, sandpaper, hammer, heat gun

1. Paint crate with a wash of gray paint.  Let dry then sand the edges for a distressed look.

2. Arrange letters on front of crate then glue in place with a small amount of tacky glue.  Use a heat gun to heat letters to melt the adhesive backing of the letters for a permanent seal.

3. Hammer decorative nails on the front of the crate at each side. 

4. Distress nails and edges of letters with paint.

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

School Spirit Wreath

College football season is upon us so it's time to show some school spirit!

deco mesh wreath college school spirit

Not just for college, this is the perfect project for all school sports teams!

You'll need the following supplies:
  • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Letters 
  • Wire wreath form
  • Deco-mesh (school colors)
  • Assorted rolls of gross grain and burlap ribbon (school colors)
  • 18" of 3" wide ribbon for school letters
  • Adhesive foam board, or chipboard
  • Chenille stems

1. Weave the deco mesh back and forth thru the two, center wire rings then add wired burlap bows between the loops, securing each one to the wire with a 4" chenille stem.

2. Cut 6" to 8" strips of the patterned ribbon, scrunch and wrap with a chenille stem at the center, then add to the wreath.  Add additional strips of ribbon or burlap if desired.

3. Cut a strip of adhesive foam board or chipboard. Measure your wreath to determine length and measure the ribbon to determine the width. With the adhesive side facing the front, insert the ends under the outer and inner wire rings at the back as shown.


4. Expose the adhesive then cover with a strip of ribbon, or cover chipboard with glue. Remove the backing from your letters then adhere to the center as shown.  Voilà, you are now ready to get your spirit on!

There are so many other things you can make to decorate not just your home, but a school dorm room too! This pillow form was covered with fabric, then decorated it with the team cheer.  You can also create banners or pennants using felt shapes in your school colors.

You can find Joy® Iron-On letters and numbers and all your favorite crafting supplies at your favorite craft stores!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Personalized Planner Kit

 Nothing promises a great start to a new School year more than a personalized planner kit using Joy® embroidered letters!

You will need:

  • Joy® Iron-on embroidered letters - (2) white initial scripts
  • Joy® Embroidered, iron-on appliqué 
  • Clear zippered bag
  • Notebook
  • Pocket mirror
  • Permanent marker
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Scissors


1. Color the letters with the marker. 

2. Cut apart the rose appliqué then adhere everything to your notebook, pouch and mirror.  Layer the pieces of the rose appliqué to give the flower some depth on the front of the pocket mirror. 

You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Back to School Welcome Banner

Create a "Back to School" welcome banner for your favorite teacher's classroom!

  • JOY® Embroidered Letters
  • 9” x 12” sheets of Kunin Classicfelt -Black , Gray, Sandstone, Candy Pink and Gold
  • Craft glue
  • Glitter glue
  • Cardstock
  • Ruler, pencils, scissors
  • 4-foot length of ribbon

  1. Draw a simple pencil pattern (5 pieces as shown) on cardstock and cut out.  
  2. Trace and trim each pattern piece seven times on the appropriate color of felt.
  3. Glue the pencil pieces together, overlapping as shown and let dry.

4. Peel back liner paper from the JOY letters and attach to the center of each pencil, spelling out WELCOME.

 5.  Glue each pencil along the ribbon, leaving 12” at each end and 1” in between each pencil. Let dry.

7. Accent the band with lines and circles of silver glitter glue. Let dry.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters at your favorite craft stores! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Kid's Crafty Tote

Create a special tote for your little, or not so little ones to use to carry their supplies from place to place.

The wood tote came from the dollar bin. It was already red so that saved me a step - no painting!

You will need:
  • Joy® Embroidered Iron On Letters - White
  • wood tote
  • white paint pen
  • felt die cut ribbon
  • colored rhinestones
  • glue gun
  • ruler
  • lo-tac tape

1. Add small details around the edge of the tote using a white paint pen.

2.  Arrange the letters on the tote. Use a quilting ruler to make sure everything is centered and straight.
Use a low tack tape to mark where the letters will be placed. This tape leaves no residue when it is removed, and it won't damage dried paint.


3. Adhere the letters to the front with lo-temp glue, then remove the tape.
4. Adhere the die cut ribbon to the front under the letters then add contrasting rhinestones to the center of the flowers.
You can find Joy®, iron-on embroidered letters and letter sheets at your local craft store.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dyeable, Iron-on Embroidered Letters

Did you know that Joy® Iron Embroidered Letters are Dyeable?
With a little fabric dye you can make your designs truly one of a kind.

You will need:
  • White Joy® Embroidered Iron On Letters-LetterShop
  • Joy® Embroidered Iron On Hearts
  • Button
  • Fabric Dye
  • Small Flat Paintbrush
  • White T-shirt
  • Iron and Pressing Cloth
  • Needle and Thread

  1. Dip the paintbrush into multiple colors of fabric dye and carefully paint the dye onto the embroidered hearts and letters.  A paintbrush gives more control on where the dye goes.
  2. Allow to sit for 2-3 hours.
  3. Wash the letters and hearts with warm water and a gentle soap until the water is clear.
  4. Pat with a paper towel and let sit until completely dry.
  5. Set iron to cotton setting (or follow garment care label)
  6. Position hearts shiny side down onto the t-shirt.  
  7. Cover hearts with a fine cloth.  With firm pressure iron over hearts for 30 seconds.
  8. Position letters onto the t-shirt and iron for 30 seconds.
  9. Turn t-shirt inside out and iron entire design for an additional 30 seconds.
  10. Center button in the middle of the hearts and sew onto shirt.

Use care the first couple of times you wash the shirt to keep the dye from transferring to other items.

You can find Joy, iron-on embroidered letters at your local craft store.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Personalized Welcome Back to School Sign

Personalizing a "Welcome Back to School" sign for your favorite teacher is quick and easy with Joy® embroidered letters! 

You will Need:
  • Joy® Iron-on embroidered letter sheet - 1" white, red and blue (or your school's colors)
  • Joy® Iron-on embroidered number sheet - 1" white
  • School Sign - found at the Target Dollar Spot
  • Wooden Pencil Accents
  • Liquid Glue with fine tip applicator
  • Red Marker
  • Scissors


1. Select letters to spell out your personalized message from the Joy® Iron-on embroidered letter sheets and dry fit onto the sign. 

 2. Color the number 5 from the Joy® Iron-on embroidered number sheet with a red marker. Note: white letters and numbers are dyeable!  Let dry.

3.  To create punctuation, I carefully cut a period and an apostrophe shape from the letter Q with detail scissors.

4.  Turn all letters and numbers over then using a fine tip applicator, carefully apply liquid glue to the back.

5.  Apply letters to school sign and let dry.  Add wooden pencil accents found at the craft store.

The perfect gift for your favorite teacher at Back to School night!

You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Farm Animal Treat Bags

Create these cute, farm animal treat bags with Joy® iron-on letters and felt shapes!

You will need:
  • Joy® Iron-On letters - black
  • Kunin® Felt shapes in various colors
  • treat bags
  • google eyes
  • animal dies
  • fabric glue
  • scissors
  • burlap - various colors
  • die cut machine

  1. Die cut the animal shapes with felt and glue to the burlap, don't forget the google eyes.
  2. Glue burlap with farm animal to the front of the treat bag.
  3. Glue down the letters of choice to the top of the bag, I picked "MOO" and "NEIGH" for each animal, but it could also be a person's name
  4. You can use this a cute gift for a friend, teacher, or as treat bags for a party!

You can even use this as a gift card holder!!

Here is a quick video on how to make the treat bags.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters, numbers and floral appliqués at your favorite craft store. 
They're available in different sizes, colors and fonts, suitable for every occasion.
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