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JOY Christmas Canvas 



Our Christmas decor has always been a bit non-traditional.  I wanted something on our mantel that expressed the JOY of the season in the colors of our home.  This JOY Christmas Canvas was the perfect fit.  Since any color can be chosen for the canvas, it can be customized for everyone’s decor.


  • Cardboard letters 
  • Acrylic paint and brushes (desired colors) 
  • Blank canvas (big enough to accommodate the word chosen and size of letters)
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks  

JOY cardboard letters  

metallic acrylic paint



To create this project, paint each letter in the desired color.  I wanted metallic colors since it’s Christmas time.  I tried silver and did not like the way it looked.  I then chose Pure Gold and Rich Espresso.  You can certainly customize this with whatever colors you choose to go with your decor.  I chose to paint the “O” in gold to add interest.

So, for the canvas, I wanted a bit of an ombre look.  However, solid colors or even a pattern would look good on this project.  I started with a darker aqua blue for the bottom of the canvas.  As I painted upward, I added more white to the paint to lighten it.  It’s very subtle.  However, the darker color seems to lend visual weight and made the canvas unique.  It’s a simple technique with great results.

Last, but not least, hot glue the letters onto the canvas after letting the letters and canvas dry.

I completed this project during my daughter’s nap time.  The longest part of it was letting the paint dry before hot gluing.

This is one of my favorite projects for this Christmas season.  It simply expresses the JOY we have as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.


If you like this post, please check out my other Christmas projects and my favorite Christmas Tree Truck sign here.  




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Wishing you many blessings for Christmas! 

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