DIY - Joy Christmas Sign

Hi all! I am joining up with a blog hop hosted by and I created a Joy Christmas Sign as part of this blog hop. But I couldn't just show the joy sign without a peek at what else was in my Christmas display. Almost all of the items in this picture are handmade.
So now back to the Joy Christmas Sign. This sign was super easy to make and was pretty much free since I had all the supplies on hand.

Here are my pieces of wood needed to make the sign.
For the next step I glued and nailed the pressed plywood and laths to the back of the 1x4s.
Next I painted the front with two coats of white chalk paint and sanded it to add a worn look.
Now it was time to paint the letters. I created a "JOY" stencil using my Silhouette Cameo. No worries if you don't have a cutting machine. Print out the word JOY in your favorite font, cut out the letters, trace and paint.
Once the paint dried I sanded the red letters.

Then because I just can't leave well alone I had to give it even more of a worn look. I created a black paint to water mix of 1:4 ratio.
Then I painted it over the entire sign in sections. I let each sections dry for a few seconds then wiped with a paper towel. Depending on how worn I wanted it to look I left the paint/water mix on longer.
Here are a few close ups.
And once again with the whole Christmas family.
To see more details on all the supplies used and more specific steps make sure to come visit me. When you come visit me you will be able to see the other amazing projects that several other bloggers made. Check it out on social media as well at

I also want to say a special Thank You to and for hosting the Home For Christmas blog hop.
Tiffany from Dream Design DIY
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  • Tricia Tricia on Dec 09, 2015
    Your initial picture after you painted the word was messy, you didn't mention, how did you clean the letters up?

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