Learn how to make a JOY Holiday Sign featuring wooden ornament cutouts, Chalk Couture Transfers and decoupage!
Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about holiday crafts? Today, I’m going to share with you a JOY Holiday Sign idea that uses multiple elements to bring interest and FUN to the season. Let’s get started and kick off our holiday crafting in a big way!
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Supplies you’ll need to complete this project:
- Small JOY Block Letters
- Round Layered Ornament (Set of 6)
- Double Sided Box Frame (18×6)
- JOY Chalk Couture Transfer
- Scrapbooking Paper
- Hard Rubber Brayer Roller
- Sand Paper or Gator Micro Zip Sanding Tool
- White Magic Dixie Belle Voodoo Gel Stain
- Barn Red Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Clear Best Dang Wax by Dixie Belle
- Diamond Gemstone Mousse by Dixie Belle
- Bright White Chalkology Paste
- Anchor Silk All-In-One Paint
- Mod Podge
- Gorilla Super Glue
- Foam Paint Brush
- Small Squeegee
- Fuzzing Cloth
To begin, gather you supplies. As you can see, I have two supply photos because I will be showing how to create this look with or without the Chalk Couture Transfer detail.
For both versions of the project, you’ll first need to trace the ornament shapes onto the scrapbook paper you will be using to decoupage with.
You’ll want to trace on the back of the scrapbook paper so you don’t see any of the tracing marks on your final product.
Once everything is traced, cutout the shapes.
Now it’s time to decoupage.
To decoupage, you’ll need to add a bit of Mod Podge to the surface of the ornament that will be covered with the paper.
Once covered, place the paper onto the surface and remove any bubbles. I used a small roller for this part.
Once you are finished with the decoupage process, let the ornaments dry.
For this next part of the process, you’ll need some sand paper or a kit like the Gator Micro Tool I have pictured above.
Use the sand paper of your choice to remove any excess paper from the edges of the ornament cutouts.
Remember: It’s important that you let the paper dry before you do any sanding.
Now it’s time to paint!
If you are not adding the Chalk Couture Transfer detail, you will add a layer of the White Magic Voodoo Gel Stain to the “JOY” letter cutouts. Set these aside and let them dry. This will be the only thing you need to do to the letters.
If you ARE adding the Chalk Couture Transfer detail, paint the “JOY” letter cutouts with the color Barn Red using a foam brush.
Let the letters dry.
Then, add a layer of Clear Best Dang Wax to the letters prior to adding any other details.
To apply wax, add a bit to a clean cloth and rub the wax into the painted surface. Be sure to wipe back any extra wax.
Once you are finished waxing, you can add the Chalk Couture Transfer.
PRO TIP: If you are using a new Chalk Couture Transfer, be sure to “fuzz” it before use. To do this, simply place the transfer on a Fuzzing Cloth and remove. Do this several times until the transfer looses a bit of it’s stickiness.
For this next part, turn your transfer sticky side up, press the painted portion of the letters onto the transfer and then flip it over.
This will help to ensure your letters are lined up with the transfer properly.
Now, use Bright White Chalkology Paste and small squeegee to add the transfer details.
Make sure you cover the entire silkscreen with the Bright White Paste and then wipe off any excess before removing the transfer.
Below you can see a side by side comparison of the two sets of “JOY” letters.
Now, let’s finish the final details!
To finish out the ornaments, I added a bit of Diamond Gemstone Mousse to the top of the ornament and then painted the outer circle with the color Anchor. You could also simple use paint for these details, gold accents or all one color.
Once everything is dry, glue the ornament pieces together.
Then, glue the ornaments to the box frame.
Finally, glue the letters to the center of the ornaments.
Here’s a look at the simply painted version of the JOY Holiday Sign:
And here’s the version with the Chalk Couture detail:
To finish off my sign, I added bows to the top of each ornament. Feel free to add whatever embellishments you like!
This project can be styled in so many different ways. Get creative and make this idea all you own!
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