Rustic “Joy” Hanging

for  Craft Marketing Connections

size: 8"x12" each

  • Rustic “Joy” Hanging


  • Elmer’s Black Foam Board, 20”x30”
  • FloraCraft Design It: Burlap Garland, 5”x27”
  • Burnt red fabric: 5”x20”; coordinating print, 2-1/2”x20”


  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Tools: AXENT Craft Knife, 18”x24” Self Healing Cutting Mat, 12” Metal Ruler, 8” Stainless Steel Scissors
  • Alphabet stencil of choice, 6”
  • Design Master ColorTool Spray Color: October Brown, Almond, Dark Chocolate
  • DecoArt Walnut Gel Stain
  • Elmer’s All Purpose Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

  • masking tape, old candle, pencil, old newspapers, cardboard box for spraying, sandpaper, paper towel or cloth
  • 1. Use pencil, metal ruler, and craft knife on self-healing cutting mat to draw and cut three 8"x12" pieces from foam board.
  • 2. On scrap of foam board, refer to photo to draw two irregular, vertical lines, 1/8"-1/4" apart that taper and meet at ends. Draw more lines, varying spacing. In addition, use craft knife to cut long, wedge-shaped pieces out of foam on right groove line, with knife angled, along sketched line going no more than half way down into foam. Turn foam board around and run angled knife along other pencil line to cut other side of wedge. Use point of knife to remove wedge. When satisfied with look on practice foam board, draw and cut groove lines in first board. Irregularly cut edge of foam board around top edge. Repeat with other two boards.
  • 3. In well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area (or inside cardboard box), spray all boards October Brown. Let dry. Rub candle along edges of boards and individual grooves across surface. Spray boards Almond; let dry. Use sandpaper to sand edges and surface for distressed look. Wipe boards with cloth or paper towel.
  • 4. To slightly stain and tone, apply Walnut stain on cloth and wipe across boards. Let dry.
  • 5. Use scissors to cut burlap garland into three 9" pieces. Remove threads to fray 1" on short ends of all pieces. In spraying area, tape pieces down onto clean newspaper. Center each stencil on burlap pieces. Tape scraps of newspaper to cover other areas of burlap; lightly spray a couple of coats onto each stencil. Remove stencils and let dry.
  • 6. Use glue stick to attach burlap pieces to boards, 2" down from top.
  • 7. For fabric hangers, determine top center of board. Use craft knife to make starter hole, then insert pencil to expand hole, going through board. Cut 5"-wide fabric into two 2-1/2"x20" lengths for two outside boards. Use 2-1/2"x20" coordinating-print fabric for center board. Fold fabric in half lengthwise bringing ends together; insert through hole going from back to front. On front, tie overhand knot. Repeat for remaining two boards. Hang boards on wall from fabric loops or as shown.