JOY to the World

Do you have all of your Christmas Decorations out yet?  I don’t yet.  We did pick up our tree (we go with a real one), but it isn’t in the house yet.  My husband brought all of the Christmas totes upstairs a few days ago, and they are just sitting, unopened, in the living room.  I just haven’t found the motivation to get it all out yet.  However, we did get the Christmas lights put up outside last Saturday, and I got the front porch decorated.   It’s fun to have the outside lit up!  We haven’t really been able to do that since we got married 11+ years ago, so I’m enjoying it!  I hope to get the rest of the Christmas decorations up in the house by this weekend.
I do have a few things put up in the house, the NOEL, Merry Christmas and Joy blocks, the Silhouette Nativity, and now this JOY!  Last week when I was at my favorite wood craft store, I saw the new snowflakes that they have.  They are made to be put on a dowel and stand.  But when I saw this snowflake, I loved it, and the creativity just started rolling from there!  I thought about it for a day or two and then I went back and picked up the snowflake, along with the J, Y, and the block for the snowflake to sit on.  I took it home and got right to work. :)

I painted the J red then traced and cut out my paper, then used wood glue to adhere it to the wood.

On the Y I did the same, except I used green paint and paper.

Once I had the letters done, I used white paint do dry brush the edges.  Then I added some ribbon to them.

After painted my snowflake white, I traced it onto the paper and cut out as well.  Then glued it on.  I also did the dry brushing for the snowflake.  I think it softened the edges.

I added this fun shimmery ribbon to the center of the snowflake, but I wanted to keep it pretty simple so I didn’t embellish too much.

For the block, I painted it gray, then I glued my paper to the front.  I dry brushed with white around the edges.  To cut the vinyl, I used my Cricut and Cricut Craft Room and designed it using the Lyrical Letters cartridge and cut it out and put it on.  (If you have a Cricut and you haven’t tried this program yet, you are missing out!  I LOVE the possibilities I have with Cricut Craft Room, they are endless!)

I adore the way this turned out and love the difference the snowflake makes!  Oh, and the polka dots.  I ♥ polkadots. :)

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  1. Cute decoration. Thanks for sharing. I’m wondering where you find the already cut wood shapes.

  2. Love it! I’m a sucker for polkadots! What paper line did you use?

  3. Oh I love it… and I need it.. my name is Joy.. can I find them somewhere? can you make it for me????? :)

  4. Oh how cute! It’s one of my favorite holiday words! I have a pinterest board titled, “One little word, JOY”…I had to pin this!


  5. Beautiful project!

  6. It is so cute! Where did you get your wood letters?

  7. Love this! I love the colors! I love the look, the snowflake… Everything! You’re amazing as always!

  8. awww, this is cute! I need to get me some more holiday decorations!

  9. I’m stopping by from “Blog Stalker” blog hop. This “Joy” display is so beautiful!!

  10. I love the papers you chose…very pretty and fun! :) These are great!

  11. i very much like that the o is a snowflake. super cute!

  12. Love this. I went in Hobby Lobby for letters earlier this week and they were out of the letters I needed. I gotta get back quick so I can do something this lovely.

  13. So pretty! Great job!

  14. I absolutely LOVE this! The letters are so whimsical!!! Stopping by from TT&J!

  15. This is fabulous! What a great job, I would lobe for you to share this on Super Sweet Saturday.

  16. This is the cutest thing! I LOVE it! I’ve got in pinned!

  17. This is so cute! Glad I stopped by to take a look!

  18. Love this! The shape of the “J” is so cool! Pinning! :)

  19. Great job! I <3 polka dots too. :)

    I’d love for you to come link up at my Show & Tell party this week.

  20. Oh my gosh those are so cute!! Great job!!

  21. Hi Amy, I am so happy you came over and found my blog and left me a sweet comment. I love your blog and can’t wait to subscribe and see your lovely creations!! Hug, Shelly from

  22. Too cute! I love that you used a snowflake for the O in JOY! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Such a cute display!! Love the polka dots!! I would love for you to come link up to my Get Social Sunday link party and show off your awesome ideas and blog!

  24. So cute! I’d love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday – Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there!

  25. I love it Amy! I’m featuring it today at Creations by Kara. :)

  26. VERY cute!!

  27. This is so darling! Love that it says “to the world” not just joy! Very creative :)

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