It’s time to get into the Christmas Spirit! Read on to see the step-by-step tutorial to make your own DIY Joy Christmas Sign with a Wreath in under 15 minutes.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, every where we go! Personally, I’ve had my decor up since early November because I absolutely love this time of year. If I’m going to put so much effort into decorating, I want to be able to enjoy it for as long as possible. Plus, we Canadian’s celebrate Thanksgiving in October so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on any “fall decor” time – I have plenty of it from September to November 😉
I have seen these around for awhile and have always wanted to make one of my own, but couldn’t find supplies in my budget. This year, I finally made myself a DIY Joy Christmas Sign with a Wreath! I happened to be at Hobby Lobby during their 40% off Christmas Sale and picked up a Snowy Lamb’s Ear Wreath. I had no real plans of what to do with it, until I visited my scrap wood pile! There I found a perfectly sized, already painted sign backing in my stash upstairs and got to work.
As soon as I found it, I got to work – and was all done within 20 minutes. This DIY Joy Christmas Sign with a Wreath is SUPER easy, and super fast to make!
What You Need
• Mini Wreath – mine was the Snowy Lamb’s Ear Wreath from Hobby Lobby. It’s about 12″, but yours can be any size that will fit your sign
• Wood backer – any size that will fit your wreath! I used a large piece of tongue and groove wood I had laying around. I did some dry brushing in white over a black background. You can paint it flat white, keep it wood, anything you’d like! Most craft stores have an Unfinished Wood section with ready to go signs for stuff like this too.
• Red chalk paint or craft paint. I used Fat Paint in ‘Dutch Door’
• A pencil, for drafting your letters
• Small paintbrush. I used a foam one since my letters were large, but you can use any artists brush
• Red and white bakers twine (or any color) to attach your wreath to the wood
That’s it! Usually for sign projects, I put them off until I have the energy to get my Silhouette Cameo out. This sign was simple enough to draw freehand. I am not great at drawing of any kind, but a ‘J’ and ‘Y’ are such basic letters. It’s super easy!
How to Make a DIY Joy Christmas Sign with a Wreath
Start with your wreath in the middle of your board. Sketch out a ‘J’ on the left side of the wreath, and a ‘Y’ on the right with pencil. Don’t worry if you have to erase and start over – I did that a few times!
Once you have the letter how you’d like it, grab your paintbrush and slowly fill in the letters. As long as you keep a steady hand, these letters are forgiving enough for mistakes. You can always distress it for a rustic look or paint over mistakes if you want to keep it clean.
The paint I used was Fat Paint in “Dutch Door”, because it was what I had on hand.
I wanted my sign to have a rustic look, to match the distressed background. To to this, I left brush strokes and uneven letters for the truly handmade look. Even going slow, it took less than ten minutes to fill in both letters!
To attach the wreath to the sign, I wrapped some red and white bakers twine around the wreath and tied a knot. Since it’s a ‘full’ wreath, it’s easy to hide the string! I pulled the string taught, and stapled it to the back of the sign using a standard office stapler.
And there you have it! A super quick, super simple DIY Joy Christmas Sign with a wreath! It was a beautiful addition to my red Christmas theme this year.
There are similar year-round wreah signs using ‘home’ and hope to make one of those too. I have the perfect spot to hang it in our entry hallway, above our coat hooks. Then, I could swap out the DIY Joy Wreath at Christmas time, and keep the Home wreath up year round.