Christmas Card Idea turned Christmas Decor

I had this idea for our family Christmas cards this year. I wanted to do the J-O-Y paper mache letters and add the wording “to the world” to the card to quote one of my favorite Christmas songs. 
First, I got J, O and Y in the 24″ paper mache letters from JoAnns, some gold glitter and some regular Elmer’s school glue. 
Next, I took the glue and squirted it out over the front face of the letter. Then, I used a foam brush to spread it evenly all over the front. Next, glitter it up! I thought I needed a ton of glitter but it actually covered really well and I didn’t need near as much as I thought. I really loved how they turned out! 
Then, I had a friend take some photos of my little family and made our Christmas card! I’m actually quite proud of it because in my 6 1/2 years of marriage, I’ve never sent out a Christmas card! Gasp!!!
What do you think!?  (Yes, my 25 week belly is poking out from under my cardigan!)
The letters then sat in the back of my car for about a week or so until I began gathering ideas for my Christmas decor. I had a thought to hang the letters up on the wall. For fun, I held it up above the tv and fell in love with it. 
I also used Savannah’s collection of vintage hand painted signs as inspiration for my own sign. 

and…. here it all is! I’m so glad I found a spot to hang my JOY letters. Soon, I’ll show you some more of my Christmas decor for 2012.

I really love it and so happy my letters aren’t still sitting in my car or closet! haha! What do you think!? Is your Christmas decor in the works??
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    November 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Adorable picture. I love how they look on the wall too. Great idea!

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    Amy @ 11Magnolialane
    November 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    LOVE this 🙂 may have to copy you! I was going to skip cards this year in my effort to simplify but am now rethinking…your family is beautiful. What a treasure…

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    Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno
    November 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I absolutely adore the photo and the use of the letters in your living room! Your space looks fab! 🙂

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    Sometimes Twice
    November 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    This is super cute! I am going to the craft store today! I guess I will be picking up some big letters… Your family is so beautiful! Congrats!

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    Abbey D.
    November 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Oh my gosh…that’s adorable and you look AMAZING!!!!

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    November 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I’m in love with those ideas! LOVE!

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    November 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Your home is adorable! Thanks for the Christmas decor inspiration. I also LOVE how you decorated your Christmas tree!

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    Jen @ Yummy-Healthy-Easy
    November 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I think you are absolutely gorgeous!!!! And your family is beautiful! So glad I get to call you my sister! 🙂 I can’t WAIT to get your Christmas card in the mail! Hug those boys for me! XOXO!


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    November 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    What a beautiful family picture!! I have been wanting to do Christmas photo cards for a couple years no but time always gets away from me or I find that it’s just not in the budget. I love your card though, it’s very pretty! You have a beautiful family!

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    November 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    What a cute idea. Love the photos… beautiful family.

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    November 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Super cards! It all looks great!

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    Crystelle Boutique
    December 1, 2012 at 3:20 am

    those three letters are so adorable: both as a photo prop AND on the wall!
    You are amazing!

    hugs x

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    December 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Very cute family, card and letters! Thanks for sharing.

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    October 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    What program did you use to make your cards in? Or did you order them from another company? LOVE this idea!

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      Mallory & Savannah
      October 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Whitney!

      I made them in photoshop and had them printed on mpix.com.

      Thanks for stopping by! xoxo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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    December 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Just curious what you used to hand them? Thanks!

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      December 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Sorry to HANG them

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      Mallory & Savannah
      December 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      When I first made these, I used small nails. They’re super light so this year I used 3M command strips. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    November 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Super cute! What a darling Christmas idea.

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