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?
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 Joy rustic Christmas shiplap sign project!
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.
You can essentially get one Joy stencil and use it both horizontal and vertical… however this offered the option to get the one you felt you’d use most. Very convenient if you host workshops.
But it gets even more fun…
Joy Ornaments offer creative ways to replace the O in JOY!
The small full set accessories (for JOY – small) offers everything on one sheet… an ornament, large snowflake, with a small snowflake and ‘to the world’ to decorate the ornament, as well as a ribbon and hook to hang the ornament from the J in Joy when working with vertical.
The larger accessories (for Joy – Large) are offered on separate sheets. You can get just the ones you want or all of them for a discount.
As you can see, a LOT of thought went behind this, offering the ability to get some pretty custom looks using the same stencils!
I like seeing good milage out of a stencil design…
So here’s what I ended up doing…
Position Joy 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…
And that sure gives me JOY!
Have you started any Christmas decorating yet?!
View all Joy stencils HERE