Joy to the World Christmas pallet project


Painted Joy Christmas Pallet | The Magic Brush

I finished my JOY to the World Christmas pallet project for my front steps!!!!  I’m obsessed with the word JOY.  “The JOY of the Lord is my strength,” says Nehemiah 8:10.  Joy is a choice.  And I want to be covered in it!  LITERALLY.

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Painted Joy Christmas Pallet | The Magic Brush

I used my new favorite red paint color, Engine No. 9, to paint the pallet. (Note: Heirloom Traditions discontinued its Vintiques product line so use Americana instead.) After it dried,  I went over it with Heirloom Traditions Jet Black wax on a wet sponge. It’s fast and easy! Grab a good quality chalk paint brush – these are my favorite when working with chalk paints. It’s a great investment for your DIY projects!

The Mad Stencilist designed the “Joy to the World” stencil for my pallet.  You can find it HERE for sale. I love that it’s BIG!!!!  If you teach classes, hold workshops, etc…. get these huge stencils!!!! They make life so much easier and are so quick and can be reused a jillion times.

I always use 3M 77 adhesive spray on my stencils.  This helps to eliminate bleeding.



Jennifer Allwood’s Stenciling tip: Fix your Bridges!

Jennifer Allwood, owner of and creative business coach, shares an easy stenciling tip to fix the fonts from stencil into more modern handwriting. See the finished project:

One of my minor irritations is when people don’t “fix their bridges” on their word stencils.  It’s such a quick step and makes a huge difference in how professional your stencil looks. This video makes it easy to see what I’m talking about.  Ignore my scary face and voice at the end.


Painted Joy Christmas Pallet | The Magic Brush

After I stenciled it all in Cinder, I shifted the stencil slightly up and to the side so the black would be a shadow and then I RE-STENCILED it all in this Farmhouse color.  It’s thick and covers in one coat!  Notice in this picture that they wind had just picked up and my paint bowl is literally standing up on its edge. Classic.


Jennifer Allwood: Stenciling with a Shadow

Jennifer Allwood, owner of and creative business coach, shows how to stencil with a shadow on her Christmas pallet project. See the finished project:

Here’s a demo on stencil shadowing!!!!!!!  Also, please notice my imaginary thigh gap.  xoxo


Painted Joy Christmas Pallet | The Magic Brush

Then I laid the stencil on one last time and stenciled the word JOY in gold and immediately dumped gold glitter from Hobby Lobby on it.


Painted Joy Christmas Pallet | The Magic Brush

You need to wait for the glitter to dry before you “whisk” off the extra glitter, but I have no patience for that.  I was having Mr. Magic “secure the pallet” before the paint had even dried.  Do note that pallets are heavy and if they are leaning, they need to be tied down to something so the wind doesn’t catch behind them, crash it onto the steps, and scare the heck out of your wife when she is home alone during the day.  #hotmess #keepingitreal


Painted Joy Christmas Pallet | The Magic Brush

When I showed this project on my Facebook page, I think people were as excited about my spray painted mums as they were about the pallet.   Listen, dead mums are easy for me to come by.  Any dead plants are easy for me to find. I kill things.  Don’t try to teach me to water them, it will never happen.

Here is a video on how I spray painted them:


Spray paint dead mums for Christmas decor

Dead mums or other plants look amazing spray painted. Instead of throwing them out, use in your decor.

Isn’t that genius?  My BFF Laura did it a few years ago.  So quick and fun.


Painted Joy Christmas Pallet | The Magic Brush

I put it out on my front steps with the following:

  • Dead mums
  • Dead mums inside of an urn which is on top of an upside down urn
  • That was a fall wreath that I spray painted red to make “Christmas’y”.
  • Garage sale paper mache deer. I put pearls on one to make him fancy.
  • The tall tree was in my garage sale pile and I just wrapped some crystals around it.
  • The pot of sticks and lights is a 3-minute project.  I shoved a garland down in the pot to make it look fancier.
  • The pallet is actually my FALL pallet that I just reused the other side of

So most of these things I already had.   Half of the fun in decorating is what my friend Shauna calls “recession redecorating” —- reusing what you have.  Search your garage and basement!


Painted Joy Christmas Pallet | The Magic Brush

Someone on my Facebook page said it looked a little plain.  I rarely take criticism to heart when it comes to decorating, but I thought I’d try to see how I liked it with snowflakes.   I hated it. They were cheesy and I don’t do cheesy unless it’s with grapes and wine! =)  It was way too busy for me, so I took them all back off. Yes, even the coffee filter ones Ava wanted me to use on it. Ha!


Painted Joy Christmas Pallet | The Magic Brush

This is how it looks at night.  The lights and the JOY glow…….

It makes me happy every time I pull in the driveway.

I hope your holiday decorating is going well! I’d love to know what YOU are up to!

See more of my holiday painted pallet ideas here!





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Painted Joy Christmas Pallet | The Magic Brush


  1. Jamie
    December 10, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Oh dear!! How I love this!!! Thanks for the tut!! Wish I could do this like you do!

  2. gail
    December 10, 2015 at 12:55 am

    I LOVE the shadow stenciling Jennifer! your Joy pallet sign is sooo sweet!


  3. Karen
    December 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Where is the place to buy the brand of paints that you used for your JOY pallet?

  4. Jerri Ann Smith
    Jerri Ann Smith
    December 13, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Where have I been! I found this on Pinterest and totally missed it on fb. Anyway love both the sign and the spray painted mums.

  5. Christmas Joy Chalkboard Sign | The Magic Brush
    October 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    […] hand. If I were to do it again, I would use this red right here.  It’s the same red I used on this pallet project and on this “O Come Let Us Adore Him” sign.   It’s the most yummy of the reds I […]

  6. Amy
    November 13, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Which size stencil did you use for this?

  7. Kathy
    August 11, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I have just 1 ? – I also love that 3M Adhesive Glue, but isn’t there always a residue left on after pulling off the stencil? ………and if so, how do you remove it?

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