Joy Blocks-A Simple Christmas Craft

A Simple Christmas Craft

Today I want to show you a simple Christmas craft using those little wooden blocks from the craft store.  I gave the set in this picture to the parents of that sweet little baby on the middle block (who happens to be my niece!)

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Basically, all I did was cover all sides of the blocks with pretty paper and photos, and I used foam scrapbook letters to spell JOY.

The secret that made this such an easy project is this--- I used a paper punch the same size as the block sides. (These were about an inch and a half.)  No need to cut little tiny squares by hand. This will make it easier for little hands to do also, if you're making these with younger kids.  I used a few different, coordinated styles of  fairly heavy patterned paper.

(The links below are similar to the items I used.)

What I Did:

  • First, I  punched the squares.

  • Then,  I inked the edges of each little square with a coordinating ink pad. (Which isn't really necessary--I just like the definition along the edges that the ink adds.) 

  • I glued the squares to all sides of the blocks.

  • Next, I added the foam letters to spell JOY.  These were self adhesive scrapbook letters. (I used solid color cardstock, instead of patterned paper, beneath the letters.)

I can picture these with some vintage (or vintage looking) sheet music or script and some copies of vintage photos. Use your imagination.

That's really about all there is to it. Simple, sweet, and fun. 

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Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your day! 


  1. Awesome project. You're so precise on all your cuts and it made a project like this look so professional. I think the ink on the edges adds to it, too. And what a sweet, sweet baby!

  2. These are SO cute! Wouldn't they make a great ornament set on the tree or a little wreath in your niece's room? They are adorable and such a clever idea!

  3. Great idea! These always look great during the Holidays and I like how you added the photo.

    Thanks so much for linking up,
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  4. Anonymous7:16 PM

    Those are so cute, and you did such a great job making them. I am your newest follower via the Blog Hop!

  5. these are terrific!!!! Joy!!! xo

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this creative project on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Very cute!


  7. What a fun gift, I am sure they will treasure it for years to come. Thanks for sharing on the #HomeMattersParty . I hope you will join us again next week.

  8. I know many moms who are going to love this idea. Sharing on Facebook for my momma friends. From Christmas in July-Party at My Place linkup.

  9. Great idea for the blocks and such a pretty holiday gift idea! I'd love some on my bookcase to display the grandbaby's Santa photos.

    1. Thanks so much, Marie. I think the Santa photos is a great idea!

  10. What a great idea!

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  12. Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity. Merry Christmas.


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