Hi friends, Happy Wednesday! Have you been following along with the Sondra Lyn at Home Home for the Holidays Blog Tour? Holy moly! So much holiday inspiration! Make sure you scroll all the way down so you can check out all of the holiday goodness happening on the hop. I’m so excited to be participating this year with so many talented bloggers. If you’re visiting from the hop (or from anywhere else) for the first time, WELCOME! I’m so thrilled you’re here! I hope you’ll peek around and follow along for my projects, tips and recipes.
Today’s stop on the blog hop is all about Christmas crafts, so I’m sharing the Christmas Joy Sign I made for the rustic planter that lives at my entryway. I decided to go for a kind-of mono-chromatic, multi-textured look. I’m as much of a fan of texture as I am of color. I find that mixing textures can make as much of a design impact as color and pattern can. For this Christmas Joy Sign I decided to mix a couple of my favorite cozy winter textures… cable knit and faux fur. Want to make one too? Great, let’s do it!
Textured Christmas Joy Sign
- 8″ cardboard letters
- white paint
- white cable knit sweater
- styrofoam wreath form
- faux fur
- hot glue
- foam paint brush
- lollipop sticks and floral foam (if using in a planter)
To start, paint cardboard letters with 2 coats of white paint.
I found this white cable knit sweater at a thrift store and have made 2 projects and counting out of it so far. To cover the letters in cable knit, I used just one sleeve. Cut off the sleeve and cut the sleeve open at the seam.
Cut around the shape of the letters and apply the sweater to the cardboard letters with hot glue. The sweater will want to fray so once attached to the letters, apply a coat of decoupage on the exposed raw edges to prevent fraying.
You know that faux fur I mentioned? This is it ↓ Yep, “faux” swiffers from the dollar store. Luckily they don’t do a great job dusting, otherwise I would never have discovered their true calling which is to act as the perfect faux fur! Simply pull apart the pouch, creating 2 strips of fur. Cut into squares and attach to a styrofoam wreath with hot glue. Trim edges as needed.
My first plan was to display my Christmas Joy Sign on the mantel (as below) with some simple red bulbs… but then I decided to go a different route with my mantel (stay tuned!) and realized my entryway needed a little Christmas love.
Since the letters for my Christmas Joy Sign are all white I decided to add a little red by twisting some ribbon around the “0”.
I secured the ends of the ribbon to the back of the styrofoam with hot glue.
If you’d like to use your Christmas Joy Sign in a planter, hot glue lollipop or cake pop sticks to the back of the letters to insert into floral foam in the planter box.
Do you remember this planter from my fall entryway? I took the pumpkins and flowers out, left the Pussy Willow and Dusty Miller in and added some greenery, pine cones, a little sled and red glitter picks, then stuck the “JOY” into the floral foam.
My Christmas Joy Sign Planter Box was just what my entryway needed for a dose of Christmas cheer when guests come through the door.
Have you started decorating for the holidays yet? Thank you so much for stopping by today; enjoy the rest of the hop!
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It is with much excitement that I join this year’s Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere. It has gotten bigger and better each year and I think you’re going to love what you see! So stay tuned – it’s 30 blogs over the week, with a different topic each day. Be sure you come back here every day to get the links for that day’s featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:
Monday – Holiday Mantels
Country Design Style | Duke Manor Farm | Domestically Speaking
Organize and Decorate Everything | Sondra Lyn at Home | Two Purple Couches
Tuesday – Holiday Recipes
An Alli Event | Not Just Paper and Paint | Nourish and Nestle
StoneGable | Sweet Pea | What Meegan Makes
Wednesday – Holiday Crafts
An Extraordinary Day | Lovely Etc | Lilacs and Longhorns
Lydi Out Loud | Salvage Sister and Mister | Weekend Craft
Thursday – Holiday Decor
Atta Girl Says | Chatfield Court | Create & Babble
Designers Sweet Spot | The Heathered Nest | Worthing Court
Friday – Holiday Tablescapes
Celebrating Everyday Life |Cottage at the Crossroads | Cottage in the Oaks
The Everyday Home | Postcards from the Ridge | 2 Bees in a Pod
Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says
This is such an adorable idea. I’m not super crafty but can use scissors and a glue gun so this is one I could definitely do. Thanks for the great tutorial! Have a merry Christmas.
Hi Angie! Yes, it’s as simple as that! Gotta love that, right?! Thanks so much and Merry Christmas to you, too! 🙂
Kristi @ Chatfield Court says
So cute, Lydia! Love how you used the different textures, especially the Dollar Store Swiffer. Very creative!
Thank you so much Kristi! I’m a sucker for a good dollar store craft! 😉
Lydi, I adore your sign! The mix of textures is so perfect for the holidays. Your faux “fur” trick is genius, too! I need to remember that.
Thanks so much Emily! I’ve never been so excited that something DIDN’T work so that I could make that discovery lol!
laura janning says
Lydi- love this little craft. your joy letters are so sweet….and cozy looking. Happy holidays!
Thank you so much Laura, I appreciate you stopping by! Happy holidays to you too!
You crack me up! Finding the true calling of the Dollar Store swifter pads, hysterical! Love this project, nothing better than sweaters and faux fur!
😉 Thanks so much Jessica! Happy holidays!
So cute!!! The textures add so much!
Thanks Heather! Yep I’m a texture fiend! 😉
I love everything about this! The different textures of the white materials and the touches of red are perfect.
Thank you so much Leanne, I appreciate that! Have a wonderful holiday season!
Diane Miller says
Your letters looks so warm and inviting. And I LOVE how you added stakes to them. What a fabulous idea!
Thanks Diane! The stake idea came out of frustration when the letters wouldn’t stand up in the planter box haha!
Michelle from Weekend Craft says
This came out great! I love the difference in the textures.
Thank you so much Michelle!
Lynn Spencer says
Lydi…the faux fur tip? Brilliant! It looks fantastic. And pairing it with your white cableknit…I love a good repurpose/upcycle and you’ve nailed it.
Thanks for sharing your creative wisdom with the rest of us!
Thank you so much for your sweet words Lynn! You’re inspiring! 😉 Happy holidays! Hugs back at ya! Lydi
Jeanette Chaney says
I may buy our dollar store out of swifty dusty pads!!! I can see this idea for other holidays too. Cover a heart shape with dusting pads for Valentines Day. Ingenious! I have a sleeve of a cable knit sweater leftover too! Great look and style.
Well Jeanette I hope you don’t live in Columbus because if so I’ve already cleaned them all out haha!! I LOVE the heart idea, so cute! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words!
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says
Love your furry JOY!
Thank you so much Maryann! Happy holidays!
What a great salvage for an old sweater! And the dollar store Swiffer…brilliant
Thanks so much Deborah!
Oooo, girl! This is fabulous!! That faux fur tip made my day – I can’t wait to use that tip! Thank you for joining us on the HFTH blog tour…
And Merry Christmas!
Aww thanks so much Sondra! Thank you so much for having me and Merry Christmas to you and your family too!
I have not started decorating yet. Thanks for asking and influencing me to do so with your craft. Very cool.
Thanks so much Wanda, enjoy your decorating! 🙂
You are so clever to think of user Dollar Store Swiffers for faux fur. My science classes are doing a project where faux fur is needed and this tip is going to save me a lot of money. Thank you!
Your joy sign looks wonderful and makes the perfect holiday decoration.
Thank you so much Paula, and I’m so glad that you can use the faux swiffers for your faux fur project! 🙂 Happy Holidays!
So clever. I love the textures. Textures like these are eye candy!
Thank you so much Marcia! I love that you referred to textures as eye candy… that’s exactly how I see them! Cheers! 🙂
Alli Smith says
No way – I would have never thought to use those generic swifter things from the dollar store for faux fur! If you had not mentioned it, I would have never known. It looks so high-end! I have a red JOY sign that I used last year. I’m going to amp that sign up a bit and make one just like yours. It’s beautiful!
Thank you so much All! Yeah I’ve never been so happy something didn’t work… I wouldn’t have thought of another use for them otherwise! 🙂 Let me know how it goes, I’d love to see your sign when you’re done! Happy Holidays!