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Christmas JOY

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM
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 Christmas Joy

Here is a completed Christmas Joy.
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Here is a completed Christmas Joy.

Bring joy into your home this holiday -- and hang it on the wall. There is no better time to remind your family and everyone visiting what the season is about! Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • 6-inch wood letters: J, O, Y
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Paper towels
  • 1-inch foam brush
  • Dark green acrylic paint
  • Crackle medium
  • Off-white acrylic paint
  • Gold paint marker
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 1 yard gold sheer ribbon, 11/2 inches wide
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Assorted Christmas greens, cut into pieces
  • Liberty-style bell
  • Small brass musical instrument
  • 5 small jingle bells

To construct a Christmas Joy:

  1. Sand letters smooth, and wipe clean with damp paper towels. Use foam brush to paint front of letters dark green. Let dry, and repeat.

  2. Apply crackle medium to letters; let dry. Paint letters off-white; let dry. As paint dries, crackle lines appear.

    Paint the letters off-white and let them dry.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Paint the letters off-white and let them dry.

  3. Outline edges of each letter with gold paint marker.

  4. Hot glue O at an angle on top of J and Y (see photo for reference). Reinforce back of O with hot glue as needed.

    Hot glue the O at an angle to the J and the Y.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Hot glue the O at an angle
     to the J and the Y.

  5. Cut a 12-inch length of ribbon, and glue an end behind O next to J. Measure 6 inches from glued end, and glue this point to bottom of O next to Y, leaving a tail. Cut and glue a small length of ribbon to upper left of O. With remaining ribbon, form a 2-loop bow with loops of about 2 inches each. Secure center of bow with floral wire. Glue bow to lower right of O on top of other ribbon.Trim ribbon ends on a diagonal.

  6. Glue small sprigs of Christmas greens to center of bow and to ribbon at top of O. Twist a small length of floral wire through loop of liberty bell. Glue wire to center of ribbon so bell hangs down.

  7. Tie small instrument to ribbon tail at bottom of O. Glue 3 jingle bells to ribbon at top of O and 2 to ribbon at bottom of O.

    Tie the small instrument to the ribbon attached to the O.
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Tie the small instrument to the
    ribbon attached to the O.

by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM
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yellarose
by on Oct. 9, 2010 at 12:41 PM

 Very cute idea!

Mindy82671
by on Oct. 14, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Very pretty. My middle name is "Joy"-I may have to try and make one!

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