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Find “JOY” At The Front Door

Every year it sneaks up on me…

and then, I play catch up!

Well, here I am, again… playing catch up.

Decorating… shopping… etc., etc.

The flu is finally behind me,

but I have to tell you…

it wiped me out!

I am back… finally.

This year I wanted to make a statement at my front door.

A statement that sent a message.

A word that speaks for itself.

*J O Y*

Christmas Front Door JOY


If you are anything like me,

definitely on a tight budget, decorating inexpensively is the only option.

This is a challenge, but definitely rewarding!

I created Magnolia Wreaths to hang on the front windows, used baby wreaths for my

Adirondack chairs, and JOY letters for the front door.

Letters can be purchased at Hobby Stores,

but I wanted to customize the size to fit my door.

Here is how I did it:


  • Pencil
  • MDF Board
  • Jigsaw
  • Sheet Moss
  • Glue – Hot glue and/or Spray Adhesive
  • Twine


Christmas Entry Joy Letters

Using a pencil draw letters on MDF board.  I free handed my letters on cardboard first, cut them out, and used them as a pattern for the MDF board.

Christmas Front Door JOY

Use a jigsaw to cut out each of the letters.

Christmas Joy Letters

Quick tip... when cutting out the center of an "O", drill an area to get you started and finish with a jigsaw.

Christmas Joy Letters


For this project I used Super Moss.  The moss comes in a long sheet, almost like a table runner.  Remove the backing and use a spray adhesive to secure the moss to the letters.  This is a messy job, so be prepared.  I had moss all over me… look at my sleeve.  Ha!  I will spare you the next photo with my breathing gear and moss filled hair.  Spray adhesive is some potent stuff.  The moss is a little stinky too.


Christmas Joy Letters

Press the moss firmly to the wood until a tight bond is evident.

Christmas Front Door JOY letters

Once one side is covered, turn the letter over.  Fold the moss over the edges,

spraying and securing as you go.

Christmas Joy Letters

Here I am cutting the center of the moss to make it easier for folding over the edges.

Christmas Front Door JOY letters

Work your way around until you have a nice, clean, edge.

Next, add twine.  Notice I haven’t covered the back of the letter with moss yet.

(I want to hide the twine under the moss).

Christmas Front Door JOY letters

This is where I used a glue gun.  You can see I used a lot of glue!  I wanted staying power with the door swinging back and forth.

Christmas Joy Letters

I used two pieces of twine connecting the letters. This way twine does not show in the center of the “O”. (See Above).

At the top of the “J”, I created a loop so it can hang easily from a nail.

Once the twine is secure, continue gluing moss to the back side of the letters.  Covering the twine as you go, and any open areas that need to be covered.

Hang your letters,

Christmas JOY Decorations

Add a little greenery with lights,

and enJOY!

Christmas Front Door JOY


I hope your days our filled with JOY this Holiday Season!


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  • Nana Diana

    That would bring JOY to any house. Great idea and it looks just darling! xo Diana

    December 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Thanks Diana! May you find joy this Holiday Season! Merry Christmas, enjoy those grand-babies. 🙂

      December 21, 2012 at 12:30 am Reply
  • Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Angie, I just love your letters! What a great idea! Thank you for such a great tutorial! These are so welcoming! Merry Christmas!

    December 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Thanks Betsy! Merry Christmas to you… miss you!

      December 21, 2012 at 12:26 am Reply
  • Miss Charming

    I love moss covered letters. Yours look so festive and merry on the front door!
    Have a wonderful Christmas, Angie!

    December 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm Reply
    • Angie

      I love moss covered letters too! Plus they add greenery that doesn’t need to be watered… that to me is the best! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas as well! Let’s make a point to see each other again this new year! Haven?

      December 24, 2012 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Christina @ The Frugal Homemaker

    This is really pretty! I think what makes it seeing the shadows of the letters through your glass door at night. I don’t have a glass door so mine wouldn’t look near as good! 🙂 Love it through. Pinning it 🙂

    January 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Thanks for pinning! I did enjoy looking at it at night, I made sure to leave the lights on in the house so it could be seen.

      January 16, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply

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