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Friday, December 5, 2014

DIY Peppermint JOY Letters Christmas Craft

These Peppermint JOY Letters are a fun DIY holiday craft project that will also look gorgeous on display in your home!  They're so bright and pretty!  Just make sure the kids know these candies are off limits.  :)

I've found that making decor items myself is often lots more fun than buying them, it's typically cheaper, and the product ends up meaning a lot more to me.  Today's craft is no exception.

I love the holidays, don't you?  Besides the magical aura that fills the air, everyone is happy while they're bustling about shopping for friends and loved ones.  There's just something special to be said about the wonderful time of year when family and giving are the focus.  

I also really love the fun colors that accompany Christmas time.  I may have a little obsession with peppermints because I heart red and white stripes!  So I put together one of the most simply DIY holiday projects you can ever undertake.  These festive painted peppermint paper mache letters only require a few inexpensive elements and are a perfect decor piece to bring the beauty of the season into your home.

When I saw this adorable idea for Halloween "BOO" gumball letters over at My Sisters' Suitcase, I knew I needed to make a spinoff of it later in true Christmas fashion.  So here it is in all its red and white peppermint glory!

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White craft paint and foam brush
Paper mache letters 
Peppermints
Hot Glue gun

I prefer the peppermints from the Dollar Tree because the red is definite and bold.  Assemble your supplies and let the kids have fun unwrapping oodles of peppermints.  :)

Begin by painting your paper mache letters, allowing the paint to dry in between.  Mine required a few coats.   Be sure to get inside the nooks and crannies of the letters. I didn't worry about painting the backs of mine, but you certainly can if you want to go the extra mile.

Now hot glue your unwrapped peppermints on as close together as you can.  It's a little tricky repositioning the peppermints after gluing because doing so pulls the paint and paper with it, so I recommend arranging all the peppermints where you want them and then gluing.
You'll of course see some gaps in between the candies, but that's why we painted the letters first.  This process seems tedious, but it really does go quickly once the peppermints are unwrapped.

Repeat for each letter in your holiday word or phrase.  I chose JOY primarily because it's short, but I also appreciate the extra joy that abounds during the Christmas season.  :)

How's that for easy and festive? I think they're very classy looking!


Now display the gorgeous finished letters on a shelf or mantel, accented by other fun holiday memorabilia or decor items and admire!

Be sure to check out these fun holiday ideas too!



This post was originally featured on Design Dazzle on November 19th, 2014.
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40 comments:

  1. I'm a total candy-lover, so I LOVE this crafty idea! Pinning.

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    1. From a fellow candy lover, thank you. :)

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  2. Love this project, it looks so good and easy to accomplish!

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  3. Stopping by from Link Party Palooza. Love how this came out. Red and white is so pretty this time of year.

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  4. How cute and easy! I will be making these for sure! just stopping by from the strut your stuff link up from BeForever31.com

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  5. I love this! So fun and festive! Pinned it and I'm following you now via Bloglovin. Looking forward to seeing more of your Pinspired projects!

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  6. Christine! I just love this. Adorable idea, I'd love for you to link up at Project Pin it! You are one creative lady. Have a super Sunday!!

    Hugs,
    Denyse

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  7. I would absolutely make these... if I wasn't certain they'd end up covered in dog hair in 5 minutes. Think they'd still be cute with a fur coat? lol

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  8. I love this! What a clever way to decorate! Thanks for sharing on Monday Funday Party! Pining to our group board.

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  9. How cute! Could you coat them with clear spray to keep them from getting sticky or do you think it would melt the candy?

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    1. Hi Pam. I think it could work to coat them with a little clear spray. I would store them in a cool, dry place to prevent them from getting sticky.

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  10. I have some extra peppermints and this would be the perfect way to use them! This is so cute Christine!

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  11. What a cute way to dress up these letters! I love how festive the peppermints look. Stopping by from The Makers link party.

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  12. Love it! I've been tempted to do up my house in nothing but Christmas candy decor. Dropping in from Create Link Inspire :)

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  13. Adorable! I love all things peppermint, but I never thought to decorate with them. Pinning this one. Thanks! ~Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

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  14. So darn cute!! I will be featuring you this Sunday @ Inspiration Monday Party! Merry Christmas, Christine!

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  15. Cute sign and goes perfect with my peppermint round-up for Best of the Weekend tonight!

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  16. I love this! These would look great on my piano. I really love red and white for Christmas.

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  17. Love how you made these! What a cute idea, so creative! :)

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  18. This is a really fun project. They look great. I imagine a clear spray over them would work well to help preserve them. I love red & white at Christmas, actually what am I saying, I love red & white all year round!

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  19. This is so cute and creative!! Of course, I can totally see catching my kids with a tongue planted on it. LOL!
    Thanks so much for linking this up with us at The Makers link party last week! Hope to see there again today! ;)

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