Joy Holiday Sign - Christmas Wall Art

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:30
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Here's some Christmas Wall Art that is inexpensive and easy to make! This JOY sign features a store bought wreath on a wood back. Perfect for a mantle, ledge or shelf or over a bed.  Free tutorial from

joy holiday sign wreath holder - Christmas wall art
easy diy holiday sign wreath
easy diy holiday sign wreath
easy diy holiday sign wreath
easy diy holiday sign wreath

Here's an amazing (and inexpensive) way to decorate for the Christmas - and you don't have to be an artist to do it!

Let's create a wall art out of scrap wood, paint a few letters on it, and add a store bought wreath!

This JOY sign is SO easy to make!

What Tools Do I Need?

You can use a couple of different methods to put this sign together.

You'll need something to attach wood to wood - it can be screws (use self tapping screws in a length slightly less than your materials thicknesses added together) and a drill, a hammer and nails, or a brad nailer or stapler (like I'm using). DO NOT sweat this one, you won't be sitting on this sign, it's not a bed frame. 

If you have no tools, use a hammer and nails.  It will work JUST FINE.

A HOT GLUE gun would do the trick.

Do not overthink this.

You'll also need some way to cut boards.  You can cut with a HANDSAW.  It is a fabulous arm workout.

If you have a power saw, use it.  A circular saw or jigsaw, and of course, a mitersaw, all will do the trick.

What Materials Do I Need?

I had some leftover strips of 1/2" plywood that were 8" wide and about 40" long.  I simply glued and stapled to some 1x2s on the back.  

If you don't have leftover plywood, here's a few options

  • 2 - 72" long cedar fence pickets (not dogeared if you can find it) and cut in half
  • Take apart pallet boards and use them (the overall sign size should be roughly 24" x 36", so you'll need between 4 and 6 pallet boards, depending on their width
  • Cut a 10' long 1x8 into three equal sized pieces (40" long each)
  • A 1x2 furring strip for the back supports is needed for all options

How Do I Build It?

Cut the boards with a circular saw, mitersaw, handsaw or jigsaw.

Lay the boards out on a flat surface.

Figure how long to cut the 1x2 back supports and cut them.


Then attach the sign boards to the 1x2s with your choice of fastener (or hot glue).

How to Get the Weathered Look? How to Stain?

Now it's time to paint or stain the wood back.  My boards were weathered so I applied nothing.  If you have new boards, here's a few options:

  • Weathered Wood Accelerator by Varathane
  • Gray Stain 
  • Steel Wool and Vinegar Treatment
  • Leave it outside in the sun for a few months (maybe do that next summer)

Painting the JOY Letters

Place your store bought wreath in the center of the sign.  Now you can figure where the letters need to be.

I used a 1x2 to create my J and Y letters, leaving a 1x2s width around the outside, and then the letters themselves are 1x2 width wide.  The I just painted inside the letters with white paint.  

Then I just added a nail and hung a wreath on the nail (wreath is from Home Depot). My little niece helped out and was quite proud of the finished project too.

I love it, and hope you do too!

Perfect on Shelves or Ledges or Mantles!

We don't have a mantle, but this floating white shelf we made a little while back is perfect.  

In a small space, wall decorating is your best option.  A few fun holiday pillow covers bounce the Holiday spirit around the room, and is just the right amount of Christmas decorating for our small space.

PS - Don't forget to pin this wood Joy sign for next year!


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