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

  8. I love the little jingle bell touch! super cute!

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

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


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

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

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

  22. 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. 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. Love this Christmas display! Very creative.

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

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

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

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

  30. 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. Love them!

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

  34. I’m a new crafter and just am wondering how to get noticed. I would love sone pointers. 🙂

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

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

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


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