A Little Holiday JOY

Start spreading the holiday JOY… literally!

This is the simple craft that kept the ladies in the family busy (and SANE) on Thanksgiving.  It helped mask the noise of the football games that occupied our husbands time and minds all.day.long. (Seriously, why so many games on holidays?!)

A craft like this doesn’t get any easier. Hit up your local craft stores and buy your letters. The ones we bought  were $2.

You will also need scrapbook paper, Mod Podge and a sponge brush, a hot glue gun plus any other fun embellishments you want to add. I used some red distress ink, ribbon, some felt Christmas stickers and holiday misc.

Note: Ours letters came in white, which was perfect for me, but you may want to paint yours before doing anything else if you’re not happy with the original color.


1.Trace your letters onto your scrapbook paper, then cut them out. If you want to distress them, do this now too.

2. Mod Podge your paper to your letters and let it dry.

3. Embellish!


 I think the Y is my favorite, but I love the dangling ornament from the O too!

I love these! So simple and cute!
(Originally published on Somewhat Simple in December 2010)
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  1. Oh that's such a good idea to get your craft on while the boys watch their football!!!!!

    We usually decorate Ginger Bread houses, but I like the way you think :)


  2. love the beautiful simplicity of the Y, but I DO love the ornament on the O! So cute! Make me some!

  3. RACKS and Mooby says:

    I like the "Y" the best too – the ribbon and berries are great! THanks for sharing.

  4. I love your JOY. The little hanging ornament is so cute!

  5. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    Love these!!! Definitely putting this on my dying to try links!!!

  6. Tara@JustDevineStyle says:

    SO cute! Love this. The colors are great and I love the dangle in the O.

  7. The Girl Creative says:

    The "y" is my favorite too. Love how you added the berry sprig. :)

  8. The Autocrat: Haley says:

    Oh those are so cute!! Fresh lookin' too!

  9. Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) This will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here

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  10. Super idea~ I am making a set like this for my 21 year old daughter who is a fashion merchandizing major at college. I did SEW. I love the paper I picked but I am stumped on embellishments….

  11. Hi! I just wanted to tell you I posted about the set I made and linked to you! Thanks for a great idea~