I’ve been wanting to make JOY wooden Christmas letters for a few years now. A few months ago, I got a pile of reclaimed flooring from my neighbor Rodney. Suddenly, it hit me that this would be the perfect time to make monogram like letters spelling JOY for Christmas! They aren’t perfect, but I think they have a certain charm, being handmade instead of manufactured.
JOY Christmas Letters
Here they are hanging on my fence. Have you been enjoying Spring like weather in November like I have? Let’s see how the JOY letters came together.
Prep Reclaimed Oak Flooring
The reclaimed oak wood flooring is very old. First, I had to remove any nails and staples. Then I gave it a light sanding just to make the wood a little more smooth.
Make Letter Templates
IF your printer will print poster sized, you can skip this part by designing and printing oversized letters. I could not get my latest printer to do that.
My letters are about 12” tall. The reclaimed oak flooring is tongue and groove, so I did the best I could matching up the pieces.
Trace JOY Christmas Letters
Using a sharpie, I traced the letters onto the wood. I did the same for the letter O.
TIP: if you have letter cutouts from the craft store, you could trace those a little larger, then glue your pieces onto the original craft letter for a secure hold.
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Cut Reclaimed Flooring
Because it can become very confusing, I cut out one letter, one board at a time with my jigsaw.
I advise you to mark an X on the pieces you won’t be using (as shown here).
Cutting each board at a time, is the same method I used on my Hello Fall Rustic Pumpkin Sign.
Clean Tongue & Groove on Reclaimed Oak Flooring
Since this reclaimed flooring was very old, I used a small screwdriver to dig out the dirt from the tongue and groove sections.
The small screwdriver easily removed all of the debris from the tongue ends of the reclaimed flooring. The tape measure serves no purpose here, I simply used it to prop up the piece so I could take a picture.
Time to Glue JOY Christmas Letters Together
To ensure the letters would set up, I glued them in sections, then the next day I glued the sections together, and let them set up overnight.
I wanted to be gentle with the glued pieces. To sand them, I placed them on a board that was flat. My plastic table has very uneven places.
For smaller areas, I switched to a mouse sander.
NOTE: I have round sandpaper on the mouse.
Ready for Paint
The letters were painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.
Nailess Saw Tooth Picture Hangers
These are the saw tooth hangers I used for the JOY Christmas letters.
On most projects, I use d rings, however because these JOY letters are not heavy, I knew these hangers would be best!
See, the JOY letters are not perfect, but full of country charm.
I do believe if I had craft letters to trace, then glue to, this would have been a much easier job. I do believe it’s easier cutting one board at a time when you can.
This JOY Christmas letter tutorial could easily be used for monogram letters!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.