Christmas Decorations: Frames of Joy

Decorating for Christmas is something I love and look forward to from about November 1st.  I always wait until the week of Thanksgiving to actually start putting out Christmas decorations but I definitely dream about them long before that.  This year, I wanted to add a few new items to our home and I decided to start with some framed words.  Joy and Noel are two of my favorite “words of the season” so I picked one of those.  Joy Frames Cropped_wm I settled on Joy because those letter were actually available when I was in the craft store and the letters for Noel weren’t.  Plus, I already have some Noel scrapbook art so that was covered.  I had the frames leftover from last year when I found them on clearance. Joy Frames Empty_wm Originally I had planned to paint them red and mint green.  Joy Letters with Paint_wm But, I am leaning more traditional this year so, at the last minute, I changed it to red and a more traditional Christmas green. I actually ended up using the leftover paint from my Christmas Tree Advent Calendar to paint the letters. I was glad I had it around because the trial run I did on the letters with the mint green came out really light.

I painted about three coats on each.  Then, I used some clear fishing line to attach the letters to the frames so that they would hang in the middle.  Joy Frames Y_wm

I attached the top and the bottom of the letter to the frame so it wouldn’t twist but, then decided that when I hung it on the wall, that wouldn’t really be a problem anyways.  Oh well…live and learn in life and crafting, right? Joy Frames Angle View_wm Joy Frames Side View_wm Joy Frames Cropped_wm
As I mentioned, we aren’t quite ready to put out all the decorations so these are displayed on our living room coffee table right now.  I just told Mathlete they were staged for the blog to get away with it ;)

How early do you start decorating for Christmas?  Do you make most of your decorations or buy many of them?

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  1. Mom says:

    Impressive!

  2. Ashley B. says:

    I start decorating the 1st weekend of December every year, and we usually get our tree at the farm close to the 2nd week of December every year. I love this project!
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  3. Emily says:

    very pretty, loving the colors and the message! JOY is what this season is all about… pinning! Emily
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  4. Very creative DIY wall art. I think when decorations are homemade it makes them so much more special. My mom still has a holiday plastic flower arrangement I made when I was a sophomore in HS (I just went to my 20 year reunion) I will have to try to be creative this year too.
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  5. Deborah says:

    Your pictures tell the story well. It is nice to be able to follow the directions, without *reading* the directions. lol. Seriously, though, it is a great walk-through, visually.
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  6. Those are really pretty, and such a simple craft, too! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. these frames are adorable– what a great idea!
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  8. Oh – those are so cute! I never put my Christmas decorations up until the first week of December. Alas, they are still aren’t up this year. That first weekend just fell too close to Thanksgiving.
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  9. brett says:

    beautiful- i love this idea!

  10. Milena says:

    Great idea! This is something I can actually do! Thanks for the post!
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  11. Very simple, yet elegant idea!
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  12. Shauna says:

    Oh my goodness, very cute idea… and looks like it is very simple to make. Thank you

  13. Pam says:

    We always decorate on Thanksgiving and the day after. A lot of our ornaments got ruined a while back, so I should try a craft like this…
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  14. This is a really cute craft idea. You made it seem really easy to make this beautiful item. I think I would like to try this with my children’s names and put it in their rooms.
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  15. Danielle says:

    Such a great combination of traditional and contemporary holiday decorating! Fun to do, too :)
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  16. Dawn Lopez says:

    Wow, that is unbelievably pretty! I would love to create something like this for my home!
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  17. Shanna says:

    So cool! I would probably do “NOEL” or “CHEER” … in fact, I will probably do one of those two words this weekend!
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  18. LOVE it because it’s my new baby’s name! Joy! Looks very nice! Great job!
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  19. Lisa says:

    That is so awesome.!

  20. I absolutely adore the look of these and I must, must, must do this!

  21. We usually start the day after Thanksgiving, but since my daughter is 10mo and into everything, we’re waiting a bit.
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  22. I LOVE that, it turned out great!

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