Easy DIY Christmas JOY Sign For Your Porch

The holiday season is just around the corner, and what better way to spread the Christmas cheer than by adding some festive decorations to your front porch and front door.  This DIY Christmas JOY sign is a simple yet fun project that will bring a touch of joy to your outdoor space.
I found a 2 pack of pre-made decorative boards at the thrift store for $7, I’ve already made over one and it was time to do another for the holidays!

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Here is the before

Supply List

  1. Wooden board premade or piece of wood (size: 4 feet X 11 inches)
  2. Spray Paint (white) or just regular white paint
  3. Acrylic paint (red paint)
  4. Paintbrushes
  5. Sanding Block
  6. Pencil
  7. Mini Wreath
  8. Emelshients of your choice
  9. Printer and computer if you’re not good at freehand like me

Step 1:  Spray Paint the front of the sign if there is an existing print on it, I used the color white, it took 2 coats to cover the existing print.  (if you don’t have an old sign, you can simply use scrap wood or old barn wood to make this holiday sign).  Once dry, I went over the whole piece with a sanding block to make sure everything was smooth.

Step 2: Print out your letters or you can free hand the letters or use stencils, whatever is easiest for you. You can use all three letters, J, O, and Y  or you can use a wreath to take the place of your O.  You can download the letters at the bottom of this post.  They are 8×11 so print them in portrait.   Note:  You can also purchase wooden letters at hobby lobby, paint them, and secure them to your wood sign using wood glue.

Step 3: Cut Out the Letters and Trace them onto the board

Lay the letters out so you have the same spacing between each letter.  Sketch them onto the wooden boards using a pencil. I used a ruler on the straight lines.

Step 4: Paint the Letters

Now it’s time to add some festive color! Paint each letter with your chosen colors. Red and green are traditional Christmas colors. Feel free to get creative with your designs, adding dots, striped background, or even small ornaments if you like. Let the paint dry completely. I used small craft brushes but a sponge brush would work for this project as well.  It took 3 coats to fill in the letters.

I found a pencil eraser, erases paint very well!

Step 5: Adhere the wreath to the board

Once the paint has dried, it’s time to add the wreath. You can secure it using a command hook or nails or a screw.

Step 6: If you are hanging your sign up, you will need to add a Hanger To hang your sign on your porch, attach a rope or wire to the back of the sign. Make sure it’s sturdy enough to support the weight of the sign. My sign will simply be leaning against a wall so I didn’t not add a hanger.

Step 7:  Add Embellishments

You can also add some festive decorations like ribbons, bows, Santa hats, Christmas lights, etc for an extra touch of holiday charm.

Step 7: Display Your DIY Christmas JOY Sign Find the perfect spot on your porch to display your newly crafted JOY sign. Whether you choose to hang it on a door, a wall, or a railing, it’s sure to bring a warm and welcoming Christmas spirit to your home.

Last year I made a welcome sign using wood letters.   You could also make another sign for fall using the back side of the board.

 Creating a DIY Christmas JOY sign for your porch is an easy DIY project and a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit and spread joy to your neighbors and visitors. This project is not only easy but also a fun and creative way to decorate your outdoor space for the Christmas season. So, grab your materials, get your creative juices flowing, and enjoy making your very own Christmas JOY sign to brighten up your porch this holiday season. Happy crafting, and may your holiday season be filled with joy!


Feel free to use these letters to download at home! Simply click on the letter, download it to your computer, and print it out.


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Ice Bucket Christmas Tree Stand  Our Southern Home
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  1. That’s a great deal you got on those thrift store signs Kristen! I love the new look of both of them. This joy sign is so, so sweet.

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