DIY JOY Sign: Perfect Christmas Gift!

I just did my first craft fair EVER this past Saturday! Let me tell you: it was so much fun. It was so awesome to go to a place and see all these people who are equally passionate about making something with their hands and wanting to share it with the people around them. Aside from the monetary gain, it was truly a learning experience for me.

One thing I learned was how quickly certain products sell. There was an item that I made that was a last minute addition to my craft table, but it was the first one to sell out. I’m talking about the JOY wood letter decorations.

There are a few different ways of doing this one–three, actually, that I’m going to give tutorials on today. So let’s get into it!

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6 inch J and Y
11 inch scrap wood
Dollar Tree Jingle Bell
Tacky Glue
Misc Christmas Greenery

Hot glue gun

Gold, Red, or Green Spray Paint
Scrapbook Paper
Buffalo Plaid Fabric
Wood Stain

  1. Start with your letters. Make sure the bottoms are fairly straight so that when they’re glued down, you’re able to have them rest steadily on your scrap wood. If they’re not flat enough, run the bottom through a saw to give them flat bottoms.
As you can see, my letters already have enough space at the bottom that with ta bit of glue, they’ll stand straight.

2. If you’re using scrapbook paper or fabric, flip the letters backwards onto the back side of the paper/fabric. Trace the letter onto your material and then cut out. Glue onto the front side of the letter. OR, if you’re using spray paint, spray your letters with the color of your choice.

My letters are backwards on the back of the paper. Now the paper will go correctly on the front side of the letters.

3. While those are drying, work on your bell. I got mine from Dollar Tree, and honestly, you can tell by the greenery on it. Cut that off and decorate with nicer greenery, leaves, berries, and small pine cones. An alternative to the bell is to use an ornament.

4. Cut down your scrap wood to about 11 inches. Sand it and stain it for a nice look.

5. Space out your letters and bell/ornament out on the scrap wood. Glue them on with your hot glue gun.

As soon as you’ve admired your finished product, that’s it! That’s seriously all there is to it! And yet there are so many possibilities for it with different paper patterns, paint colors, and fabric–not to mention the fonts. Here are the three that I made:




You can also make these on a smaller scale if you don’t have room for an item this big on your shelves. Stores like Michaels, Joanns, and of course Amazon have plenty of options when it comes to smaller letters too.

And with that, be sure to click the link below to save this post to Pinterest for future reference.

Happy DIYing!

PS: Be sure to visit my etsy shop to purchase some awesome Christmas gifts if you’re running short on crafting time. Also visit my Pinterest and Facebook pages.

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