Fun JOY Block Tutorial


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Simple JOY Block Tutorial

These blocks are a cinch to make and look fantastic on any mantel, desk or TV stand.


Joy Block Supplies 1 1 x 4 Piece of Lumber

Pencil (for marking cut lines)

Saw & sander   

Paint Brushes

Acrylic Paints  (We used Ceramcoat in Barn Red, Forest Green, & Ivory.)

Old Toothbrush

Adhesive  We used clear E-6000.

Jute Twine (For Bow)

Non-Yellowing Sealant  We used my favorite- Krylon Colormaster.  

External Tooth Lock Washers

Confession:  I had NO clue what these wheel things were called.  I just found them in my garage and began playing with them.  Then I asked our family and friends if they knew what I should refer to them as, and thankfully my mechanically inclined cousin knew that answer.

Joy Block Tutorial


If you are not using pre-cut blocks you will need to begin by measuring, cutting and sanding your 1 x 4.  We created ours to be 4 inch squares since the board is naturally 3 ¾ wide.  Note:  Our center block is just slightly larger than the rest, and I kinda like it that way.

You may choose to stain your blocks.  I did, not due to the fact it was 20 degrees outside and stain doesn’t do so well in cold weather.  I am extremely impatient.

Apply base coat to blocks.

Allow to dry.

Paint letters on outside blocks.

JOY Blocks

If you like the flecked look.  You will want to fleck all three blocks now.

TIP:  The “flecked” look is created by dipping the damp end of an old toothbrush in paint and scraping the tip of your finger on the end while “flecks” land on the blocks.  First in white, then when dry, in black.  I suggest you practice on a piece of paper first.


While these are drying, in between layers is the perfect time to begin on the “wreath” square.

Find a circle shape in the size you need to create your wreath and take a practice run at creating it.  I used a mini storage cup from $ Tree.

J-O-Y Block How-To

Once satisfied with the arrangement, begin gluing the external washer teeth in place.  I applied ours using the E-6000,  a toothpick and lots and lots of patience.

JOY Block Wheel Tooth Wreath

Top it off with a jute twine bow, and you have a beautiful new holiday accent.

Tip:  For those in a small home or with limited storage, the JOY blocks can be created to be dual sided.  Like the dual sided matching stacked blocks we shared here.

Jesus is the reason for the season dual sided blocks

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