Whitney’s Christmas JOY Plaques

 Like Ashley, I too like to start decorating for Christmas in early November… we inherited this from our mother!  I hope you all are not tired of seeing us create with candlesticks and finials because here we go again:)… This is what I did!!
I decided to make wooden plaques that spelled JOY.  My first step was to get my supplies…
Three unfinished candlesticks and 3 little wood circles ~ found the sticks at Michael’s and the circles at Hobby Lobby.
An 8ft 2 x 6 I purchased at Lowe’s.  You can have Home Depot cut it down to buy less but at $3 I wanted all the extras!
I started by using my Gorilla Glue Epoxy to attach my candlesticks to the circles…
I want to again mention that the epoxy has the consistency of a hot glue, only it sets in about 5 minutes which gives you more play time and it is a very permanent hold… this has become a very favorite product of ours!
Just added a bit to the circle…
And added the candlestick.
While those were drying I went to cut my 2×6.  I measured it off every 8 inches.
I then used my $12 Stanley hand saw I purchased at Lowe’s to cut the wood.  This tool is a must for small jobs and if you do not own a power saw.
This is what my 3 pieces looked like…
Now it was time to attach my wood pieces to the sticks.
I used my Gorilla Glue Epoxy once again to attach them.
Just added some epoxy to the top of the stick and then placed the wood on top.  I stole my next idea from the Gorilla Glue Girls who used Gorilla Tape to clamp things together until they dried.
So I did just that…
Not too shanty, right??!
After those dried I added my wood finials.  I found these at Lowe’s.
Just added some GG Epoxy…
And put them on the top of my wood plaques.
Now it was time for paint… I used American Accents Canyon Black spray paint on these babies.  Once it dried I used my 3M block sander with 80 grit paper to shanty my edges up a bit.
This is where I learned the importance of wearing safety gloves.  This lovely ended up about an inch into my thumb while sanding…
So after getting a bandaid I started on my next step… I cut burlap into three 4×6 pieces…
I used my Elmer’s Spray Adhesive to attach them to the wood.  I just sprayed some on one side of the burlap and placed it on the wood.  I then used decorative furniture nails on each corner to give it an even cuter look…
They all looked like this at that point…
Stencil time… I used my Cricut Personal Cutter to cut out each letter.  I used black acrylic paint and my stenciling brush to get the letter on the burlap.
Added a little twine and a few jingle bells because I could…
And now time for the reveal….
So… what do you think??!  I love them!
I made all three for under $12.  Now that is a thrifty gift!! These would make great teacher gifts and you can use any word which makes them decor you can use in any season… can’t beat that!



  1. Sara on November 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    totally LOVE this project!!!! would never think of it myself and it looks so easy when you break down the steps!

  2. Debbie on November 9, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    You are very clever and I am getting me some Gorilla Glue! What easy to follow instructions – thank you!

  3. Jenglamgirl on November 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    sO FAR my fav. wood project you have done. I love the jingle bells hanging from twine too. SUPER CUTE! I need a HOBBY LOBBY HERE. Michaels doesn't carry the variety you all seem to get. ;(

  4. julie on November 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    ok girls! i love them! along with yesterdays post! you girls are just so crafty! i am so glad i am a follower so i can copy! thanks!

  5. Chris on November 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    HOW do you come up with this stuff? I love it. Just for the record, you could have linked up every. single. post. from your blog! Thank you for joining!!

  6. Lissa on November 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I just clicked over from someone else's blog when I saw the photo. These are AWESOME! You're so talented! so super cute!

  7. Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous on November 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Love it! So cool. I think if I do it, I might add a little color, my house has plenty of tan and black! lol Thanks for the great how-to.

  8. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) on November 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    What a super idea and so pretty. Great tutorial too. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

  9. Mortensen Family on November 9, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    No question I am making these! You rock!

  10. Kat @ measuring my life in l-o-v-e on November 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    This is a great idea and I love them! Thanks for sharing!

  11. paperglueetc on November 9, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I have some burlap…wowza!

  12. Melissa on November 9, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I just found your site and I love it! Thanks for the great idea. Its one I want to try. I haven't done anything like it before! Thanks!

  13. Beverly on November 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Totally want to do this for our kitchen … wonder if I can get to the craft store today? 🙂

  14. Joella on November 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    These are very nice…so creative!

  15. Lori on November 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    That is fabulous!!

  16. Liz on November 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    WOW, WOW, WOW!! Your project turned out GORGEOUS!! Your tutorial was fantastic. Thank you *so* much for sharing. =)


  17. Cindy on November 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    These are awesome Whitney. Love the jingle bell touch :O)
    I'm hosting a 'made it with what I had' party on the 16th, and would love to have you join.


  18. duchess on November 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    This is one of my favorites of all time – great project! Thanks for the great instructions.

  19. [email protected] and Cheese on November 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    You are killing me!!! I think these are so cute and I can't wait to try them!! Thank you…they look great!

  20. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions on November 9, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I love them! What a great idea {except for the splinter part}! The problem is that I may make them and keep them!

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