Hasn’t this week of holiday decor been fun and inspirational and just darn right joyful? I’ve loved all the pretty Christmas decorations from my fellow bloggers ~ everything is so creative and inspired and festive. I hope you had a chance to see our Christmas mantle. One of my new DIY projects for this year’s holiday season was a new sign for our mantle. So I have to share it with you, right? Here’s how to make a JOYFUL sign for Christmas ~ easy, quick and full of joy.
I’ve been obsessed with making signs this fall. First I made this fall~faith~family one for our bookcase. And then I gave our Thanksgiving sign an update. Couldn’t let Christmas go by without its own brand spanking new sign. All it took was some letters, some wood, and some spray paint ~3 of my favorite DIY ingredients.
Making a sign starts with the space you have and where you want to put your sign. I knew that my sign would go on our mantle and that it needed to be between 24 and 32 inches square. How to make a JOYFUL sign for Christmas ~ or any other word you want ~ starts with your word. That meaningful, creative, speaks~to~me word.
How to Make a JoyFul Sign for Christmas
Your word could also depend on what letters in which sizes and which style is available. Sometimes you’re lucky and just the right letters in just the perfect size and font are there for the asking. If not, you have to be creative and mix up the size of style (which is what I had to do for my Thanksgiving sign).
Step 1 ~ Purchase Your Letters
Trip to the craft store. Lucky for me, all the craft stores in my area (Jo~ann, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s) all carry letters, but I tend to shop Jo~ann and Hobby Lobby the most because they are more convenient and I know the layout better. In the letter section, find the size and style of the letters you want. You may have to make adjustments. Fortunately, for my Christmas sign, the letters I needed in the size and style were available and I didn’t have to change my vision. I did buy these letters in early November before the mass raid on the craft stores began.
Step 2 ~ Find Your Wood Backing
Just like my fall sign, I wanted a little bit rustic, almost a slip lap look. Since it was a Monday (after tennis drills which is just a few blocks away) I went to Hobby Lobby (with 40% coupons in hand). Frankly, it took me quite awhile to find the wood backing that was the right size and style and met the measurement requirements I needed. I ended up buying 2 “picket~fence” style boards. I knew with a coat of paint, they would be just right.
TIP: It took me a good 30 minutes of trying different wood backs to find the right combination. Don’t give up (I almost did.)
Step 3 ~ Construct the Wood Backing
The 2 wood pieces I bought came with hangers attached to hang both vertically and horizontally. How convenient. My boards would hang horizontally (like ship lap), so I removed the vertical hangers. Because the hangers were so close to the edge of the wood, I moved them down about 2 inches. Since we would use the existing picture hook, Sweet Shark and I attached a piece of wire tightly to the hangers so nothing would show when we hung the sign.
TIP: keep the extra hangers for other projects
I have no idea why the wood on the back looked different when it was the same on the front.
I needed a way to attach the 2 pieces I bought. Fortunately I also found these wood “slats” at Hobby Lobby. They were thick enough that I could screw through them and lightweight.
I took the wood boards and the slats to my “workshop” in the garage (AKA plastic adjustable table). The wood boards had 3 support pieces on the back and I lined up 1 of the slats I bought on top of each piece. Using my drill, I made pilot holes in the wood slats and then screwed the boards together. (Fortunately, we have a good collection of screws on hand.) Now I had one large wooden back that was the exact size I needed ~ 32 inches square.
Step 4 ~ Paint the Letters
I love this font style ~ I had already used it for some of my “Thankful” letters. They are about 5 inches tall. Since my workshop was set up, I just added my HomeRight small Spray Shelter on top. I had checked my spray paint supply and had almost a full can of metallic gold spray paint.
I gave each letter 2 coats of paint, making sure that the edges were also covered.
Step 5 ~ Paint the Wood Backing
It was actually a little chilly the day I was making the sign, so I decided to paint the wooden backing inside. I put another drop cloth on my kitchen island inside. In my paint stash, I had about 1/4 of a can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. I’ve used this color many times in the past and knew it would be just right on the wood.
So I gave the letters a coat of gold spray paint and came inside to warm up and paint the wooden backing. I repeated this twice and all my components were done and dry in less than 1 hour. I didn’t do any distressing or waxing on the painted boards.
Step 6 ~ Assemble the Sign
This was the easy part. I laid out where I wanted my letters and gave the J ~ Y ~F and L and little tilt for fun. Use your favorite glue ~ I used Gorilla Glue which I’ve been loving since getting a sample bottle at Haven. I also “randomly” added several gold glitter stars I already had from last year. Just to make sure that the letters were completely sealed, I placed our 2 toolboxes (his and hers) on top and let it sit overnight.
I finished the sign in less than 2 hours total which was the Monday before Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving we packed away all the turkeys and pilgrims, and the JOYFUL sign was the first thing we put up as our first Christmas 2017 decoration. A new, sparkling sign. And it was so easy. If you’ve wondered how to make a JOYFUL sign for Christmas, wonder no more. You can shop today, make it tomorrow and having it hanging in your home by tomorrow night.
I can’t tell you how much I love my JOYFUL sign. Yes, I can. I love my JOYFUL sign!! I think it’s a great focal point on our mantle. More importantly, it expresses exactly how I feel at this time of year: full of joy for the blessings in our lives and grateful to God for his enduring love and grace.
Next Week’s Blog Hops
There is so much Christmas goodness going on next week, you’ll think Santa came early. I’ll be participating in 3 Blog Hops, each one a bit different. Close to 85 Bloggers will be represented ~ a Christmas Blogger Bonanza you don’t want to miss.
Monday ~ I’ll be sharing our dining room and tablesetting on the Christmas Tablescape Blog Hope
Wednesday ~ ~ Tour of the Entry and Front of the House
Friday ~ Christmas Tour of Homes ~ I’ll show off our Living Room, Kitchen and Tree on the Christmas
Since today is the first day of December, let’s celebrate with a GIVEAWAY. One lucky subscriber will get a copy of KariAnne Wood’s So Close to Amazing, one of the most inspirational books you’ll ever read ~with some great DIY projects thrown in. The contest runs December 1 – 15. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 18th.
Click on the image below to be entered.
Now please ahead on over to the other bloggers contributing today in the Holiday Home Blog Hop.
Link Parties I Visited this Week (November 24 ~ 30):