Rustic JOY Christmas porch sign
I’ve wanted a vertical Christmas sign by my front door for a few years now.
I like vertical signs because they take up less space AND don’t require hanging! Pretty convenient I say.
So last Christmas, I set about creating a vertical JOY stencil. It was later in the season so I didn’t get a chance to work with it… until now!
Remember when I scavenged for barn wood HERE from my parent’s barn coming down?
Find these stencils at: Joy – Large / Large Snowflake
One of the chippy red shiplap boards was perfect size for the JOY vertical – large, with a large snowflake…
This was gonna be one FAST Rustic JOY Christmas porch sign!
And ended up being the easiest sign I’ve made yet…
JOY is offered in small and large, as well as horizontal and vertical, with a candy-cane like bridging in the O.
But it gets even more fun…
Accessories offer creative ways to replace the O in JOY!
Each Joy stencil has its own set of accessories within its own listing.
For Joy – Small, all the accessories are on one sheet.
For Joy – Large, each accessory is sold separately on its own sheet.
So here’s what I ended up doing…
Find stencils at: Joy – Large / Large Snowflake
Position Joy Vertical – Large on a board, then tape into place.
Stencil letters in white using a large brush.
Because these letters are so large, using a large brush was a great way to paint in the letters. I painted the letters with long dry-brush strokes covering the entire letter from start to finish vs. tapping.
See video of the process I used at the bottom of this post.
I left out the O because I had other plans!
Brush – Fusion Mineral Paint’s Staalmeester #3600 wax brush
Position the Large Snowflake where the O in Joy would go.
Stencil in white.
Once again, long sweeping motions were used to paint the snowflake.
Working with the stencil design so the brush didn’t catch, I started at the outside of the snowflake, then brushed towards the centre. It worked really slick!
And just like that, it was done. That was quick!
And now it was time to play…
Isn’t it the cutest?! It’s simple, yet effective!
I love how bold JOY looks without needing to fill up the entire board with words!
In other words, this design is super flexible. You can make larger porch signs without lots of letters if the letters carry enough weight.
It turned out perfect for my front door!
The chippy red shiplap really gives the illusion of an authentic old sign.
Start old and it looks old, I say!
The super fine faux snow as well as the tin can trees were picked up from a recent shopping trip at Hobby Lobby. I took off with my friend Susan for a fun day in Washington and even brought home a big, flocked Christmas tree!
Can’t wait to share that soon too!
Click above to watch a short video of the JOY sign process!
And with that, my very happy Bayberry front door area is looking mighty Christmasy thanks to this rustic JOY Christmas porch sign.
And that sure gives me JOY!
Have you started any Christmas decorating yet?!
View all Joy stencils HERE