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Add a Little Joy to Your Decor – Easy Home Craft

There are so many things that I’m grateful for. The pride and joy I feel every time I look at our gorgeous children, who BTW, are turning into the most stupendously, awesome human beings. The silly antics of our fur babies that make us laugh when we sit on the stoep and have a beer at the end of a long day. All our friends, old and new, that are always there when we need them. Our family that surrounds us with love and never stop encouraging us. And Spring. Oh boy, I am so over looking like the Michelin Man every time I get dressed. I’m a definitely a Spring baby. I love seeing the fruit trees blossom and lying on the grass to try and catch the first glimpse of swallows as they come back. I love the smell of rain and how it washes away Winter’s dustiness. Yup, I’m a full on Spring baby.  So to celebrate the return of Spring I made these little JOY blocks to remind me of all that’s good and beautiful in my life.

Adding a little joy to the world with a glue gun and aluminium tape. Full tutorial on the blog

Adding a little joy

They’re really easy to make.

What you need

For this easy craft all you need is a left over piece of 2 x 2 wood, a glue gun and some aluminium tape. I love that stuff. It’s waterproof and a little goes a long way. We’ve used it to make a chain of hearts garden mobile and gaint faux pencils to. If you can’t find aluminium tape, duct tape will work just as well.

Adding a little joy to the world with a glue gun and aluminium tape. Full tutorial on the blog

Making JOY

How to make the Joy Blocks

The piece of 2 x 2 we used was left over from when we made the square Christmas ornaments. Cut the 2 x 2 into 3 squarish blocks. Heat up that glue gun of yours and write the letters J, O and Y on each of the bits.

Cut 4 squarish pieces of wood and glue gun are all you need to make wooden block letters

Use a glue gun to make the letters

Oh look my O’s a bit wobbly, lol!!  I don’t know what it is about a glue gun, sometimes I’m super confident and other times, I get the silly shakes 😀 When the glue’s dries, wrap the squares in tape and use an ear bud to smooth the tape around the letters.

Adding a little joy to the world with a glue gun and aluminium tape

Wobbly O and all

All done 😉 What makes this such a fun DIY is that you can write anything you like on the blocks of wood. The most difficult thing was probably controlling the silly glue gun shakes.

Adding a little joy to the world and your decor with a glue gun and aluminium tape #DIYHomedecor #EasyCrafts

We’re slowly adding other joyful bits and pieces to our gallery wall.  We re-purposed that gorgeous silver urn into a Moroccan light and made the tree of life out of an old bicycle wheel.  All the art of is original and when I get more time to paint, I’ll definitely be creating some more.

Adding a little joy to the world and your decor with a glue gun and aluminium tape #DIYHomedecor #EasyCrafts

If you like the idea don’t forget to pin it for later 😉
Adding a little joy to the world and your decor with a glue gun and aluminium tape. Easy craft tutorial that shows you how to make joy blocks  #DIYHomedecor #EasyCrafts #acraftymix

Pinny Please

What would you write on your joy blocks? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear about it.

Oh before I forget, if you don’t want to go to all that trouble and find some of the materials we used, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more crafty ideas to share with you 😉

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And as always wishing you a very joyful week and sending you much love and blessing.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, DIY Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts


  • Posted: October 6, 2016 13:45

    Cathy Chesser

    Precious works of art.
    • Posted: October 6, 2016 14:43


      Thank you Cathy ;-)
  • Posted: September 20, 2016 16:44

    Celeste | The Whole Serving

    These are easy to make, and they look so elegant. I love sliver.
    • Posted: September 21, 2016 07:02


      Thank you Celeste, I must say I'm loving mt aluminium tape. It can be used for so many different things
  • Posted: September 19, 2016 19:14


    Michelle, these joy blocks are super cute!! You are so creative! I've never tried spelling out letter with a hot glue gun but I'm sure most of my letter would not be legible. It sounds like you're looking forward to spring there as much as I am looking forward to fall here. :)
    • Posted: September 20, 2016 12:53


      Thank you Keri ;-) I must admit I tried a few times and they looked a bit very weird. Hope you have a beautiful Fall
  • Posted: September 19, 2016 18:13

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Aww, you are really lucky to be surrounded by so much love. But more importantly, you are smart to recognize it. And the cute little blocks are a perfect way of expressing your joy!
    • Posted: September 20, 2016 12:54


      I'm really lucky, and a huge part of that joy is having friends like you Keri, Pili and Katrin. Thank you so much for all the love
  • Posted: September 19, 2016 17:20


    Aw they are too cute Michelle! And you're so right to point out the things that bring you joy with these cute blocks! I hope you have a lovely spring over where you're at, it's hard to think of spring for me, I'm all about fall right now, but it does bring me as much joy!
    • Posted: September 20, 2016 12:56


      Awwww thank you Katrin hope your Fall is as special as you. Hope you enjoy every second

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