The JOY Sign:
Step 1: Go to your husband and tell him how good you were about not spending that much money on a sign you can probably make yourself. Ask him if he happens to have some scrap wood that you can use to make your own signs. He is so proud of you for not spending the money, he goes right out and finds you a board that he cuts in half so that you can make 2 signs! (If he doesn't have a board, you could always go to Home Depot or Lowe's and look in their reject pile for an inexpensive board. They are pretty cheap and you don't want a perfect board for this anyway).
Step 2: Find some leftover red paint and paint your boards your base color. If you don't have leftover paint, you can use a bottle of acrylic craft paint, but it will take a lot.
Step 3: Go to Hobby Lobby or Michael's and find wooden letters in the size you want for your board. For the "O" in Joy, I found a snowflake ornament at Hobby Lobby that worked great. I was a little worried about the fact that may "Y" extended over the sides of my board, but now I love the interest it adds to the board.
Step 4: Paint the letters white. Glue them on with 2 kinds of glue. Gorilla glue or E6000 will hold them for the long haul and a glue gun will keep them in place until the stronger glue dries.
Step 5: Use white paint to make snowflakes and sprinkle them with glitter! Now you're ready to put your sign it its festive place!
Repeat steps 1 & 2 above.
Step 3: Use painter's tape to create a diagonal buffalo plaid design. Use left over black interior house paint or acrylic paint. I used house paint for the red and acrylic for the black.
Step 5: Place your letters and star. Then decide that you don't want the letters to be gold like the star and paint over them with white acrylic paint.
Step 6: Arrange your signs where you want them and add some Christmas foliage to set them off, as well as a few other accessories! Take a picture and admire your work! Easy Peasy!