Saturday, December 9, 2017

Quick and Easy Personalized Holiday Gift Bags

I absolutely LOVE the holidays, but now that my nieces and nephews are getting older the big stacks of presents have been replaced with gift cards and electronics.  So how do you make those sometimes impersonal gifts extra special?  It's all in the wrapping!

Gather some pretty simple supplies - a variety of Joy® Iron-on embroidered letters, mini fabric gift bags and stockings (I found mine at the Target dollar spot) and an Iron.

For the striped gift bag I colored Joy® Classic Monograms with a Tombow Dual Brush marker.

On the red stocking I added a Joy® Circle Monogram in white with a craft iron.

For my friend who is deployed overseas, the red and white gingham stocking received a patriotic USA with Joy® Cooper peel and stick letters in royal blue.

I mixed and matched the rest of the gift bags with my favorite Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and monograms.  Letters are applied with an iron according to the directions on the back of the package.

Here are close up shots of each bag.

Shiny gold letters for my niece Josie:

Black, white and bold red for my nephew Zach:

Fun plaid with an elegant script monogram for my niece Lindsay:

No nonsense stripes and and fun typewriter style for my niece Kristen, who will soon be a Teacher:

Monograms with lace and the good old red, white and blue for Rhonda as she serves our country in Afghanistan!

Now I'm off to fill these quick and easy personalized holiday gift bags with all kinds of Christmas goodies!   All six went together in just under 30 minutes!

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.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"Jolly" Jar Lid Garland

 It's a Holly Jolly Christmas!  
Use leftover metal jar lids and gingerbread cookie cutters to create a jolly Christmas garland to dress up your fireplace mantel for the holidays!

You will need:
Joy® Iron-on Embroidered Letter sheet - White        
Joy® Embroidered Stars - 2
Metal quart Jar lids (ring and disc) - 7 (one per letter + 2 for stars)
Metal Gingerbread Cookie Cutters - 8
Red Burlap - 1/4 yd, or wide burlap ribbon
Kraft wrapping paper
1/2" Natural Burlap trim
Glitter - white
Tacky glue
5/8" Christmas print ribbon
3 ply jute cord
Deflecto® Sign & banner hangers
Glue gun and glue sticks
Disposable plastic bowls


1.  Cut a piece of burlap and a piece of Kraft paper slightly larger than the metal sealer inside the jar lid.  Place the paper, then the burlap over the top of the metal disk and push into the lid (ring) with the burlap showing through the top.  Trim away excess burlap and paper from the inside of the lid.

2.  Glue trim around the outside of each jar lid then add the letters and stars to the center of each lid. Add glitter around the top rim of the lid and to the inside and outside of the gingerbread cookie cutters.  

3.  Glue a banner hanger at the top of each lid and cookie cutter, or create a hanger with a loop of the burlap trim.  Make sure the hanger is in line with the top of each letter so the lids and cookie cutters will hang straight! 

4.  Arrange the lids and cookie cutters in order, then thread the jute cording through the hangers, leaving extra at each end to attach the garland to the mantel.  Tie a 6" piece of ribbon, fabric or felt strip between each lid and cookie cutter to finish.

 Have a wonderful holiday season and may the year ahead be a blessed one!

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Word Christmas Tree

Re-create a popular idea of a Christmas tree shape with words using JOY letters. This is so much easier than painting the letters!  Use a different font for each letter, or the same font for them all.

You'll need:
Joy® Iron-on Embroidered letters for the words: Joy*, Noel, Love, Hope, Peace
Joy® Iron-on Embroidered stars - 3
12" x 16" Canvas board
DecoArt® Americana® acrylic paint - Red
Swirl stamp
Foam brush
*The center monogram letter was used for the word JOY

1. Paint the board.  While the paint is wet, stamp the surface with the dry swirl stamp.  Let dry.

2. Center the stars at the top and bottom of the board.  Starting with the middle letter of the word, arrange the letters to create each word, one at a time. Iron the letters in place following directions on the packaging.

3. Make the sign unique by using different fonts, coloring the letters with paint or dye, or adding sparkle and bling with glitter or jewels.

You can find JOY® Iron-on letters in your local craft and hobby stores.

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.