I've had this idea in my mind for a long time, and this year, I finally followed through on it.
J and Y cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby
2 sheets of Christmas crafting paper
spray paint (I went with a bright red that I already had on hand)
fake snow (Snow-Tex)
miscellaneous decorations (your choice)
First, use the Mod Podge to secure the craft paper to the letters. When dry, apply two finishing coats allowing the first coat to completely dry before applying the second coat.
Next find that special something that you want to use for the "O". This was probably the toughest part of the whole project....making the decision on what to place there! I was looking at big jingle bells, snowmen, you name it. But I settled on this beautiful little ceramic Christmas bird that I found at Gordman's at a very reasonable price. I chose to nestle him onto a piece of an Aspen tree limb from our backyard (we unfortunately had to remove nine trees from the yard since they were dying).
We had the perfect leftover piece of wood in the garage that I could use for the base. A coat of red spray paint gave it some holiday spirit.
The evergreen sprigs are made from a single "pick" from Michael's and the majority of the pine cones came from our front yard.
Since the bird had a dusting of snow on him, I chose to add a bit of snow to the evergreen sprigs, the top of the "Y" and the wood base.
The Snow-Tex is cool...it comes in a small jar and you scoop it out with a palette knife and apply it where you want it. As you can see, you can pile it up to make it really three dimensional.
Happy "JOYFUL" holidays!
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