Make This: Merry & Bright Holiday Wall Art DIY

By Brittni • posted on 06/04/2024

DIY // winter wall art decoration

This week, I’m in West Virginia at the most amazing cabin in the woods. It’s been really chilly here and we’ve been sipping plenty of apple cider and hot cocoa, which is getting me into the holiday spirit a little earlier than expected.

So today, I’m sharing my first winter holiday project of the year. I hope you don’t mind that it’s a little early. I have been waiting patiently for months to share this holiday DIY I created in partnership with Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape.

I love the holidays as much as anyone else. Maybe even a little more than most. I do sing Christmas carols  pretty much all year long, after all. And Jeff can attest to that if you need proof. But when it comes to decorating around the house, I typically don’t go overboard. I like to incorporate items that blend in with the pieces we have in the house year round. So I guess you could say I like to go a little more subtle with my holiday decor.

Merry and Bright Wall Art DIY for the Holidays

That said, I created this giant (but still kind of understated) decorative wall art piece for the holidays to add a little something to that blank wall behind our couch. The idea is that these pieces can be used as home decor, throughout the holidays – while you’re writing your Christmas list on the couch, curled up with hot chocolate or throwing a holiday party and using the pieces as props for a photo booth. I selected non-traditional Christmas colors to blend in more with the decor you might have in your home already. So, it’s festive but not ‘in your face’.

Here’s how to make your own…

holiday wall art - supplies

Materials Needed:

  • 5 foam core boards in any color *They’ll be completely covered when the project is finished.
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • Xacto knife
  • Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape *I used Pearl White, Blue Turquoise, and Flaky (the snowflake pattern).
  • Command strips or something similar for hanging the finished piece

How to Make a Giant Holiday Sign


1. Start by taping two of the foam core boards together, to create one long (horizontal) piece. Use tape on both the front and the back to keep it secure. Repeat this process with two more foam core boards and the leave the last of the five boards by itself.

2. On one of the larger, taped together boards, paint the word ‘merry’ in cursive (you want to make sure the letters are connected to each other). Make sure to fill in the width of the letters to a decent size – you’ll be cutting this out, so you don’t want it to be too thin. Then, repeat this process with the word ‘bright’ on the remaining large taped together board. And use the solo board to paint the word ‘and’.

*Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you don’t like your own handwriting, ask a friend if they wouldn’t mine doing this step for you. I had my designer bud Jordan paint the words for me after I taped the foam core sections together because I love her cursive lettering so much. Way better than mine, that’s for sure.

3. Once the paint is completely dry, it’s time to cut it out. I used a very sharp Xacto knife and it was really easy. Just make sure you have a very sharp cutting knife or box cutter so you don’t have to overexert yourself (plus it will cut more smoothly).

4. Once the three words have been cut out, it is time to start wrapping them. To conserve tape, I cut small pieces off of the roll, all the same length, and wrapped each piece around from the front to the back (leaving some of the back uncovered, since you won’t see it anyway). Cover each word completely with this process.

5. Now, all you have to do is attach something to the back of each word (like Command strips), and you are ready to hang!

all about the placement

I spent a lot of time figuring out exactly where I wanted the finished piece to go, how I wanted each word titled, etc. But once you get the placement down, it’s goes by really fast.

AND you can reuse this piece year after year. Even though I made this months ago, I’ve kept the finished piece so I can hang it up in our new place. It holds up well if stored flat.

DIY // Holiday Wall Art Decoration

holiday photo booth prop

You can also use them as photo booth props in a pinch. And if you’re already decorating, you might as well add some garland and a little hot cocoa (or coffee) to celebrate. Then, sit back and admire your work. You always have time for that, right? Ha!

Getting ready for the holidays

Holiday DIY to Try

DIY for the holidays

Credits: Photography Sarah Eddy for Paper & Stitch // Cursive lettering by Jordan Brantley // Concept & Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

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Hi Megan. This is the cabin we stayed at in West Virginia – I highly recommend it!


Pleaaase tell me where that WV Cabin is if it’s a rental. Gah, I’m in WV and NEED to stay somewhere like that! So gorgeous 🙂 Also, thinking of doing this for our living room this winter!

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It totally looks like felt. You did a great job.


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This is so adorable! I made one tonight! Didn’t have the tape so I used paint (still drying) and cannot wait to put it up! Also special because I used my dads hand writing so that’s a neat personalized touch! Love this!!


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Yep. That’s true Maria. I did NOT use a box cutter on the hardwood. It was staged for the photos – I cut the foam core on top of another, thicker piece of scrap foam core board on the counter when I actually cut it out. Thanks for bringing that to reader’s attentions though.




It’s from West Elm, Stacey. I bought last year but I think they still have the mugs…or at least something similar.


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Where is that coffee mug from??

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Thanks JP. I hadn’t seen the AT feature…appreciate you telling me about it. 🙂


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Thanks Mel! This is perfect for a big wall and will look great behind your couch. Happy holidays.


That is AWESOME! And it looks like it is made of FELT in the pics! I love it. I have a huge wall behind the couch with nothing on it – yet. Perfect!

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Gahh this is an all around beautiful post! Love the concept, styling, AND photography. Very, very excellent 🙂 Also, do I spot your shoe diy from a while back?

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Hi Heather and Kristen. The couch is from Crate and Barrel. We bought it a couple of years ago, so I’m not sure they carry it anymore. I did see a similar couch on Room and Board that is still available though. Best of luck in your couch search!


Could you share with us where the sofa is from?


This is too too cute. Definitely trying this!


love it- looks awesome! can i ask where the couch is from?


Cool very cool!!!
Thank you!!!!!!!!


Thanks Sharon. 🙂


Love love love! Such an adorable sign!

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Hi Tracy. Our couch is from Crate and Barrel.


Just lovely. Where is your couch from? Looking for one just like this!!

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Thanks so much for the compliments. Much appreciated.


So pretty, love it! I need a friend with great handwriting…

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This is brilliant! I love how graphic it is.


Love a good simple DIY! Trying this out. Thanks!


It turned out great. I love the color and font! Fun and classy! : )

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oh my gosh – this is such a fun idea!!! You did such a great job – love the color you used as that is one of my colors I use for Christmas. I may do what you are doing & make one for my office too! Thanks for the fun idea!

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Adorable! Pinning!!

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Thats very cute! And the wording could be something completely else too, for other occasions, birthdays and such.


Haha. I love that – a swinging’ Christmas it is! Thanks Chels.


I love love love this one! And with your table and couch it all kind of looks midcentury. Like a swingin’ Christmas. 🙂

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You could definitely do pencil first, but I think you’ll find that a paint rush is a lot less intimidating than you think. Just water down the paint with a little water and it will flow really smoothly – perfect for cursive writing.


I love this, and the photos are so fun! I would definitely be tracing my handwriting in pencil, erasing, re-writing, erasing, and then painting. 😉 Lucky you to have a friend with such gorgeous handwriting!


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Thanks Mayra. It was really fun to make. I think I’m going to make another one when Christmas is over….maybe something for my office.


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