J-O-Y to the World!



Welcome to the “JOYFUL” edition of Collectively Creative, hosted by Kelly of Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons! My project is easy and fun . . . similar to the Instagram collage letters I made this summer. . . . and I love how it turned out!

(1) Purchase some wooden letters at a craft store. Mine are 12 inches tall and were on sale for around $2 each.

(2) Optional: Paint the letters and let them thoroughly dry. I spray painted these with the green paint left over from my antique milk bottle project.

(3) Get out Christmas cards you received and saved from last year and cut out pictures and words to fit the shapes of the letters, overlapping them as in a collage. Attach these bits with Mod Podge. Or, if you don’t have cards available, use images and words from holiday magazines.

(4) When each surface is covered to your satisfaction, coat the entire letter with Mod Podge and let it thoroughly dry.

(5) Display your letters on a shelf or drill small holes or attach hanging hardware to the backs and hang them on the wall. Mine are now over the stairs along with my peppermint wreath where they’ll greet our Christmas Day guests at the front door. ♥

P.S. Before I link to our other Collectively Creative posts, I’d like to give a shout out to some other amazing bloggers who have shared their J-O-Y this season. Thank you to ALL of you for your inspiration!

Daisey Jane

Alana Jones-Mann

My Latest Project

Diary of a Mad Crafter

Our Next Great Adventure

Made in a Day (and here!)

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56 responses »

  1. wow, wow! You amaze me each time with new and awesome projects! these look so original and what a nice way to recycle old Xmas cards instead of throwing them away 🙂 thanks for sharing Katherine!

  2. Can you believe that I have never used Mod Podge? But I keep seeing it around and am convinced that it must be the best crafting item ever. LOL! Love this idea–I’ve always struggled with what to do with old Christmas cards and this is the perfect solution!

    • I hadn’t used it for YEARS . . . but I’m having fun getting reacquainted with it! It’s messy yet magical! 🙂 I’ve seen quite a few tutorials on making your own, so I’m going to try that next! 🙂

  3. I never know what to do with Christmas cards, but I hate throwing them away — especially the ones with photos of kids. I always want to go back and remember how they looked. This is such a great project to help up-cycle those beautiful cards! Thanks for the great idea!

    • You’re very welcome! I always put the ones with family photos in my keepsake box and save the rest for . . . something??? But this year I finally figured out what to do with these other special cards! I think it would be fun to decoupage them onto boxes for gifting next Christmas, too . . . but I’ll have to start in July! 🙂

  4. I LOVE these, and I happen to have a few big letters in a drawer. If I have time this year, I am going to try this !! Thank you for a great idea,

  5. Great project, Katherine! These look great. My boyfriend never wants to throw away ANY (birthday, Christmas, thank-you, etc) cards! Your post inspired me to spell out his name and cover his letters in cards he’s received throughout the year. Thank you!

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