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DIY “Jolly AF” Modern Christmas Art

DIY “Jolly AF” Modern Christmas Art

As a home blogger it almost feels shameful to admit, but there is something I must get off of my chest…

I am sooo not down with Christmas decor before Thanksgiving.

Now… holiday decor lingering into mid January(when there is nothing else going on anyhow)? I can certainly get behind that.  But in the midst of autumn, I am still perfectly content with my gourds and pumpkin scented candles. Get your froufrou winter wonderland out of my face, basic b*tches. I really don’t appreciate that kind of societal pressure.

In all seriousness though, as a blogger, I do realize I have somewhat of an obligation to start pumping out the holiday content like yesterday. So here ya go, my fabulous friends.

Today I am sharing my first Christmas decor post of the season, in the form of  a DIY modern (and of course irreverent) holiday art project.

diy modern christmas sign

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While I realize I most likely could have found a downloadable .pdf file of this “Jolly AF” typography somewhere on Etsy, I was in the mood for more of a tactile endeavor.

When I came across these self-adhesive letters (you can get them on Amazon by clicking here) in the craft store, I just couldn’t help myself. Letting my inner child take the lead, I thought some sticker play would be just what the soul needed- taking it all the way back to elementary school…

diy holiday art

Just so happens, I had the perfect vessel for the sticker letters. In fact, a few weeks ago I had purchased a 16×20 poster frame from Target (impulse buy) which I hadn’t yet found a use for. I simply turned the filler poster over for the white background which I used to place the letters on. (You can buy the same frame here)

Before committing to anything, I cut out some of the letters and arranged them on top of the frame to see what the finished product would look like.

diy modern farmhouse christmas crafts

Once I was ready to commit, in order to get the letters somewhat even , I used a measuring tape as a general guide. Being that I am too ADHD to plot out every letter precisely, I just sort of winged it (added tip: pounding back a few Modelos helped me get over my need for perfection).

diy modern christmas art

If you wish to be more conservative with your text, a simple “Ho Ho Ho” would also work well for this project.

Regardless, just be sure to have fun and don’t take it too seriously.

PS. If you already have your Christmas tree up and decorated, I still love you. You know I am only having a little fun..right? xoxo

Now get out there and design some good vibes, my friends.

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Thursday 21st of November 2019

This art piece is so you Erica! Let your inner child always shine. I have started adding greenery and lights to the house but that's it for now. It looks like a winter wonderland in my home right now. Haha!!

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Saturday 23rd of November 2019

haha! Well I still love you, Mary. We bloggers have to be ahead of the times, so you have a good excuse.


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I simply have to get through one holiday before moving on to the next!! I will start the Winter decorating with greenery but the Christmas has to wait!!! thanks for the tutorial, and stay Jolly AF !!

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Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I couldn't agree more, my friend. Let's take each holiday one at a time. My lord...the over-whelm of it all. Wishing you a fabulous rest of your week.


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I agree and wait until after Thanksgiving. So much stuff in stores, online and tv I feel like I’m living in Whoville. And I’m already tired of the Hallmark Channel.

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Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Whoville! bahaha! You just made my day, Barb. Thanks for the laughter. :)


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I am with ya sister on the holiday decor!

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Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Haha! So glad to know that I am not the only one, my friend. xoxo

nancy beth dillon

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Hey, Erica, where did you get that adorable black reindeer?? Love it!!!

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Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Thanks, Nancy! I got that reindeer at Target. Here is the affiliate link to the exact product

Hope this helps!