JOY-ful Christmas Display {Creative Carousel}

It's that time again!

This month's Creative Carousel is hosted by Amanda at Every Creative Endeavor.  Every day this week, you will find some incredible creative tutorials-- all centered on holiday decor.

For my project, I created this JOY-ful Christmas display on my mock "mantel".

I miss having a mantel.

Our home doesn't have a real mantel--just a high ledge... A ledge so high that I have to get a chair and stand on my tiptoes to decorate.  But I do love decorating the top of my DVD cupboard!

I have always loved the red and aqua color scheme for Christmas, so I set out to create a happy, colorful display to welcome in the holidays.

I started out with these large letters from JoAnn's.  I had the O from this P-O-P frame project!  And I used coupons to purchase the other letters.  I am proud to say I spent less than $10 on everything!  Not bad!

Here is a rundown on how I decorated each letter:

1.  I gathered some felt I already had on hand.  I probably used close to 3/4 yard of red felt to completely cover this letter.

2.  I put on a movie, and just started cutting out tons of red felt circles about 2-inches each.

3.  I folded each circle in fourths and pinched the bottom point.

4.  I just started hot gluing each folded circle to cover the J.  (Don't tell, but I only covered the front of the "J" because I realized no one would see the back!)

5.  I love the texture of all that felt!  Doesn't it remind you of rose petals?  Love.

Next up:  Letter O!

1.  For this letter, I grabbed an old book that I found at Good Will a year or so ago.  I cut each page into strips about 2 inches wide.

2.  I used mod podge to wrap each strip around the O.

3.  I gave the entire O a coat of mod podge over the top, too.

4.  After allowing the letter to dry completely, I covered the other side of the letter, too.

5.  I added a jingle bell flower in the corner!


I think this is my favorite part of the entire project!

Lucky for me, the Y was the quickest!  I had it done in about 10 minutes!

1.  I found some plush aqua yarn for this letter.  I wanted lots of texture!

2.  I used spray adhesive to adhere the yarn to the letter.  I just wrapped it around and around, as tightly as I could.

3.  Once I had wrapped the letter tightly with the yarn, I went over it again loosely to give it a messy look.

I put together the rest of the display using items found around my house....

I wrapped an empty box, found a spare frame (I used the frame and its beadboard matting), and threw in a few other random items!  I wanted the letters at varying heights, so I used a candlestcik holder and wrapped an empty box to create levels.

 I have a lot of gold in my Christmas decor, so I thought the gold beads might tie in nicely!

I created a few quick garlands--a paper doily garland along with a messy ruffled felt garland.

I am so thrilled with how this turned out!  This makes me want to drink hot cocoa and listen to Christmas music!


This is only the beginning of a whole week of fabulous holiday decor projects!

Here is a tiny sneak peek at the crafty goodness coming your way:

Be sure and stop by Lolly Jane tomorrow for another fun tutorial!


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  1. Beautiful decorations!

  2. CAS says:

    I’m so excited to have just found your blog while boppin’ around on Pinterest. This is so adorable & a must do along with the etched jar (want to do a large one & use for a cookie jar). I can see spending a lot of time over here….lol! I’m your newest follower, both here & on Pinterest.

  3. It’s going to be a red and aqua Christmas here, too! :) Love that letter J!

  4. I absolutely ADORE the eclecticness (is that a word??) of this display, Alison!! Definitely pinning it for some Christmas inspiration next month. The letters are fabulous! Actually, I love the entire set up! :)

  5. Very pretty! I love the aqua in there. I’m creating a mock mantle this Christmas too. I desperately miss our stone fireplace at our old house. Our front window/ledge will have to do!

  6. LOVE THIS! Like a lot! I can’t wait to try to make some myself! Thanks for the idea, your blog always has such fun ideas! Pinned.


  7. malia says:

    I was drawn to this project– it’s rocks and the jingle bell made me smile. Fabulous! xo Malia

  8. April says:

    I love the little jingle bell touch! super cute!

  9. Kara says:

    Oh Alison, I adore this! Love the fun colors and textures you used. The entire display is just gorgeous!

  10. Lolly Jane says:

    So cute, Alison. Love the pops of blue (:


  11. Celeste says:

    I love all the different textures you used. You’re house is going to be so cute for Christmas. Maybe we’ll just come there for our Christmas card photo. =) I would never think of using aqua but I love it with the other Christmas colors.

  12. Amy says:

    That is SO beautiful! I love the three different materials on the letters! Would you share here? Pleeeeease?

  13. Michelle@ourwonderfilledlife says:

    So pretty Alison!! We do not have a mantel either but this is fantastic!! I love the word you chose too!

  14. Sara says:

    So pretty! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party!

  15. meredith says:

    Love the whole thing but love love the letter J!!

  16. Blythe says:

    Great project. Nice and bright. Thanks for sharing. New follower of your blog.
    Blythe from

  17. We must have been separated at birth because I love everything about this display! Mantel Schmantel… who needs a mantel when you have something this cute!

    We are having a Home for the Holidays link party today and would love for you to join us! I know that our readers would fall in love with this, too!

  18. Maysem says:

    That looks adorable! I too love the blue and aqua combination! I love the varying heights for the letters and what you used to create them. Thanks for sharing:)

  19. Smallgood says:

    I love aqua and red (cranberry) too. Gorgeous! I’m a new follower.

  20. Chelle Chapman says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! Would look so stinkin cute on top of our lil pellet stove this year! DD is getting into Christmas, finally, so we will be having Christmas @ her place this year. I think her & her roomie will really like this for the front window. TFS & for the chance @ some GREAT giveaways!!! ChelleBee

  21. Kelli says:

    I love these colors together for Christmas and I love the mix of materials! The newspaper is awesome on the O!

  22. Jenn says:

    I love this! The colors are beautiful and I love all of the different textures. If you get a chance, I would love it if you could link this up at my party, The Creative Spark, on Tuesday night. Have a great weekend!
    Jenn :)

  23. Justine says:

    Wow! I am totally love this and need to run out and buy some letters and make one.!I have a little sewing fabric craft linky party I’m starting tomorrow and I was wondering if you could be so kind to stop by and post it?
    Sew Country Chick

  24. Katie says:

    Love this Christmas display! Very creative.

  25. Trinity says:

    I love the colors you chose! I have a shelf in my tv room I use as a fake mantel!

  26. Karen Weight says:

    So cute Alison! I love the book page covered “0!” So cute!! Thanks so much for linking up!

  27. Marie Claire says:

    I especially love the technique you used on the ‘J’ . It’s really pretty.

  28. Rosie says:

    I cannot beleive how much effort went into this and how lovely it looks…if you have the time to share this on my new Christmas link party starting on Monday I would be over the moon.

  29. Anne says:

    This display looks great! I love how easy it is to customize for different themes/colors.

  30. Jo-Anna says:

    Your letters look gorgeous! I love all the textures and colours you used! So pretty!

  31. This turned out so cute. I love everything about it. We would love it if you could link this up our linky party going on right now.

  32. kirsten says:

    Love them!

  33. Danielle says:

    absolutely gorgeous! I’d love for you to link up to my linky party

  34. Sara says:

    SO much fun!! Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin’ party!!

  35. Ashlee says:

    They are SO gorgeous! I’m featuring these on Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s this week! Thank you so so SO much for linking up!

  36. Alison, this is so pretty! I love your display.


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