Amidst the hustle and bustle, shopping, wrapping, school plays, and down right STRESS of the Holidays do you remember that this is supposed to be a joyous time of year? Sometimes it's very hard to remember, no matter what Holiday you celebrate.
I put up the word JOY as a part of our Christmas decor because I though it would be cute, but also as a reminder to be happy amid the stress.
I found the O at Hobby Lobby (my favorite craft store ever!) on clearance several months ago. I think I think paid 3 or 4 dollars for it. I loved it the second I saw it and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I didn't have the other letters yet, but I was working on it.
I found the Y at Joann Fabrics. I believe I paid around 2-3 dollars for that one as well. It was a brown letter awaiting some creative love...
(Yes, it's upside down. But I'm okay with that right now.)
All I did was add Washi tape around it. I found festive Washi tape at TJ Maxx recently. When you are close up you can see the overlap, but from far away you just see a cute polka dotted Y.
It looked a little plain so I added some thick twine and slipped on a brownish/gold glittery ornament.
So, I was stuck on the J. I didn't like anything the I could find in stores. I was hoping to buy it because I wanted to take the easy out because I didn't have a ton of time. But I would rather take the time to make one then to be unhappy with what I bought.
I had some foam board left over from another project and decided to use that. I drew out a J on cardstock for my template. You can print a J off of a word processor if you don't feel like you can free hand it. I traced it onto the poster board three times. Then I took a razor blade and cut each one out.
I glued the three J's on top of each other to make it thicker. I just used white glue. I then painted the J with red paint. Only only had a dark barn red which was not the look I was going for but I used it anyway. I decided to pour some glitter on it while the paint was still wet. It didn't spread well so I used a lot of glitter. I used course and fine red glitter. The glitter covered up the darker red paint and gave it the look I was going for. Sorry I don't have pictures of this part or the next.
The edges were all raw from the razor blade and it didn't look very nice. I thought about it for a while and then decided to put Washi tape on the edges. In that pack from TJ Maxx came a pretty silvery glitter tape. It was the exact width that I needed. So it worked out perfectly. The tape adhered nicely and I didn't need any extra glue, but it could have been added for added security.
These are all pretty poor pictures, but there it is. I forgot to take pictures of our set up while in the studio, but I am hoping to get some from the staff. I am still setting my Christmas decor back up in my house since filming. It's been crazy around here. When I get it all set up, I will post more decor pics.
Until then, I hope that you can find time to enJOY your life throughout the next few weeks.
Oh, and Hanukkah begins tonight at Sundown. Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating. I learned a lot about this celebration this year. Hope you all watched Rabbi Weiner on Holiday Fun with Hillary on www.amherstmedia.org!