DIY Jolly Letters

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Christmas Jolly LettersTis the season! Today I am going to show you how to make these festive letters for your holiday decor, I couldn’t decide which way to go with the trim for them so I did both so I could choose one.

I have a deep love of dingle ball trim that stems from my childhood bedroom, back then my mother was quite the seamstress and covered everything in the room with them.

I liked the whole Santa’s belt look which is what I had originally thought of going with, that is until I got to the dingle ball aisle of Joann Fabrics and fell in love again. So here’s how I did both~

DIY Jolly Letters


  • Cardboard letters
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam applicator
  • 1 yard of Red felt
  • 3/4 yard black trim
  • 1 yard green dingle ball trim
  • Small buckle
  • Fabric scissors
  • Hot glue & gun
  • Rotary cutter and mat



Lay the letters on the felt and draw around the edges with a pen. Cut what you can of the letters with a rotary cutter. Trim the rest with fabric scissors. Cut out felt strips the width of the edges of your letters for the sides using rotary cutter.


Coat the front of your letter with a thick amount of decoupage. Lay the felt on the front of the letter first, smooth out the edges.

Be careful not to get the Mod Podge on the felt on front of the letter. Let them dry. Trim the excess fabric from edges.


 Take the strips and decoupage them to the edges. This can be tricky with felt, just squeeze edges together as they are drying.

Touch up edges that pop up, being careful not to get on outside of felt. You may be able to see some of the decoupage when it is dry if you get it on outside of felt.


Embellish them with trim using hot glue gun. And that’s it, you created your own holiday letters!

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  1. 12.24.12

    These are so sweet,featuring them this week. Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays. Hope you can stop by again and link up this week? Merry Christmas :)

  2. 12.20.12

    LOVE!! These letters are adorable!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Artsy Corner. Hope to see you again this week :)

  3. 12.18.12

    So cute!! I like that you chose to cover them in felt (instead of paper)

  4. 12.18.12
    Debbie said:

    These are so cute! Love both versions.
    Saw you featured at Diamond in the Stuff
    Debbie :)

  5. 12.17.12

    LOVE! Pinning too!

  6. 12.16.12

    I love them with the Santa’s belts! Plus, the red felt makes them so warm and fuzzy!

  7. 12.16.12
    mindie said:

    Featuring soon at Bacon Time! Thanks for sharing.

  8. 12.15.12

    Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    Have a fantastic week ahead!

  9. 12.15.12

    oh my goodness, such a simple upgrade and so perfectly beautiful!! thank you so much for linking up to our party, Kim!

  10. 12.14.12

    How cute!!! Love that green pom pom garland. Great idea!

  11. 12.13.12

    This is sooo cute! Simple and easy but so festive! I love the little green pom pom garland on the red letters! Found you at Pincushion creations!

  12. 12.13.12
    rea said:

    that is so cute :) just did a “JOY” banner too…

    found you at my romantic home’s show and tell friday! come and visit me back at:


  13. 12.13.12

    So darn cute!

  14. 12.12.12

    Thanks for dropping by & linking up @ I love the holly jolly!

  15. 12.12.12
    aimeelane said:

    Love these so much! XO, Aimee

  16. 12.12.12
    cassie said:

    those are adorable! love the pom pom trim ones!

  17. 12.12.12
    dianaramblesdotcom said:

    Really cute!

  18. 12.11.12

    I am absolutely in love with your Holly Jolly letters! Thank you so much for sharing them at my party! Have a great week!
    House on the Way

  19. 12.10.12

    How cute is that! Those look so easy to make, and they are too cute!

  20. 12.9.12
    Marti said:

    Those are so cute! Thank you so much for participating at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


  21. 12.9.12

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing. I love that you used a craft item that brings back fond memories, making it more special!

  22. 12.9.12
    TidyMom said:

    such a cute idea! I love the ones with the belt!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

    Happy Holidays!

  23. 12.9.12
    Yelle said:

    So much cute! I don’t which I like better, the belt or the poms around the JOLLY letters! So lovely!

  24. 12.8.12

    This looks really nice with the little dangle balls!

  25. 12.8.12
    Marilyn said:

    This is a gorgeous project. I love the bold red and the clean lines!

  26. 12.8.12

    WOOW….that is some great stuff….. :)
    and do not miss…..




    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  27. 12.8.12

    little pom poms made me smile!

    hope you will find a moment to stop by and enter a giveaway i am hosting for followers (i hope you win!):

    happy weekend to you!


  28. 12.8.12
    Mindi said:

    These are so cute! love them!

  29. 12.7.12
    Alana said:

    These are so cute!

  30. 12.7.12

    I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop, the party runs from Thursday evening until Tuesday:

  31. 12.7.12

    This is an awesome idea! Especially love the one dressed up like Santas!

  32. 12.7.12

    Love such a fun idea!

  33. 12.7.12

    Super Cute! I love decorating with Letters!

  34. 12.6.12
    Angie said:

    Wow, great work on the letters. Lot’s of work I’m sure but it paid off. Those are gorgeous.

  35. 12.6.12

    Hi, Kim

    Love your sign. Super easy and festive!

  36. 12.6.12

    Thanks so much for sharing these on “I Gotta Try That” They are darlining, I love them!!! Just shared them on my Facebook page.

  37. 12.6.12

    OMG, I LOVE these. Thank you for sharing.

  38. 12.6.12

    That Santa belt one in the middle is too cute! Such an easy DIY too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  39. 12.6.12
    Laurie said:

    What a fabulous idea!! So cute!!

  40. 12.6.12
    Rachel said:

    Oh, those are so cute! Thanks for sharing! :-)

Welcome to Made in a Day, I'm Kim, the home & lifestyle blogger, former wig stylist, floral designer, and now Park Lane Stylist behind the blog. Living seaside in Southern California, my blog is where I share my love of DIY coastal decor, digital art prints, fun fashion DIYs, and great recipes. I also write about my experience as a former wig stylist who now wears a hair topper!