I love LACMA’s massive ceramic La Gerbe by Henri Matisse. I mean, who can resist his paper cut-outs? Today we’re sharing a photobooth backdrop for all you high-brow, art lovers out there. Here’s an art backdrop you don’t have to be embarrassed to pose in front of! Read on to see how we made it…
Step 1: Scale a sheet of paper to the size of the wall you will be using, then sketch out your design. This will help you make changes before cutting out the larger design!
Step 2: Scale up your drawings to lifesize and draw the designs onto the large paper. Tape together pieces of paper to accommodate larger designs.
Step 3: Cut out the elements with scissors.
Step 4: Use loops of artist tape to attach the designs to the wall. We used a colored wall for an extra pop of color.
Have you heard of ‘National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day’?! Apparently this falls on the first Saturday in February. This oddly specific holiday is exactly the excuse I need to execute this fun idea: Host a breakfast party then surprise guests with an ice cream bar!
The ice cream basically becomes a fun substitute for milk! Serve sugary and colorful cereals (all your childhood favorites!) in glass jars for guests to use as toppings. You can also provide fresh fruits, maple syrup and other common breakfast foods as additional toppings! It’s a cute twist on a cereal bar (and a lot more fun!).
Did you know January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day in the US? Celebrate these cute, quirky, flightless birds with a favor bag sporting a big, white, honeycomb belly. And just for fun, a joke courtesy of my penguin-loving son: Question: What’s black and white and black and white and black and white and black and white all over? Answer: A penguin rolling down a hill.
Materials needed: small black favor bags (3 ½” x 6 ½”), white cardstock, penguin favor template, white 2” honeycomb balls, hole punch, black paper, orange crepe paper (or orange paper), scissors, glue, double stick tape, pencil.
Step 1: Download and print out the penguin favor template. Cut out the belly, beak and foot.
Step 2: Trace the belly onto the white cardstock, repeating to get as many as you will need. Cut them out.
Step 3: Glue the belly to the bag about 1” from the bottom.
Step 4: Punch out...
Are we the only ones who are clinging to the last remaining glimpses of the holidays? The festivities may be drifting further and further off, but we’re still reveling in the fun. One of our favorite (and most labor intensive) projects this holiday season was sending out our holiday box. As our team has grown over the last few years, we love sending out a little gift with our Christmas card. This year, we were excited to share our brand new party products that we designed (woot woot!). Our products will be launching soon (so stay tuned!), but here’s a peek at what was inside!
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I’ve always been a big fan of neon signs (I even have a vintage one in my apartment!). There’s just something about the bright colors that is straight magic. As it turns out, I’m not the only neon fan in the Oh Happy Day studio, and a bunch of us got the crazy idea to do a “neon” heart balloon backdrop! We were inspired by the neon sign costume we created for Halloween to make a larger version that could be used for a party! It actually glows! Scroll down to see how we did it!
Step 1: Project an image of a heart and arrow onto a large blank wall. Lightly trace the outline with a pencil.
Step 2: Starting with the end of the LED strip that connects to the battery box, position the LED strip along the design outline. Secure the back of the LED strip to the wall with gaffers tape. Add more tape as...
These are possibly the cutest things you will ever make. Colorful, hair barrettes made out of clay! It’s too hard pick a favorite- The taco, no, the sardine! I just can’t decide!! These cuties were based on my illustrations but crafting genius Justine did an AMAZING job sculpting them to life! Here’s the tutorial so you can make them too!
Step 1: Roll out Sculpey onto wax paper and make your designs. We combined a few different techniques to make ours: rolling clay into balls and ropes and flattening clay to various thicknesses. When placing clay elements atop or next to each other, make sure to push the clay together so they stick. The finished pieces should be large enough to cover the entire barrette so the barrette will not be visible from the front.
Step 2: Bake your design for the amount of time specified on the clay package, as the instructions can vary from brand to brand. Let your clay creations cool.
Step 3: Apply hot glue to the flattest portion of the barrette and adhere...
This party is a tribute to our favorite cookie: the chocolate chip! We bought a bunch of different chocolate chips cookies for a cookie bar and taste test, and added these adorable mini milk jugs with printable labels (designed by Amy!) for drinks. There’s nothing better than cookies and milk!
We couldn’t pass up an opportunity to make a piñata, so we made this MASSIVE chocolate chip cookie piñata to match the theme. Rumor has it the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie sold the idea to Nestle for a lifetime supply of chocolate chips! Best deal ever, am I right?
Step 1: Project your cookie image onto a piece of cardboard and slightly trace on the cardboard.
Step 2: Cut out the cookie with an x-acto knife then trace your cutout onto another piece of cardboard and cut out.
Step 3: Cut a 6” strip of cardboard to attach the two...
Cake toppers – the icing on the icing on the cake! Dress up a pretty little cake with a reusable, easy-to-personalize, cake topper out of clay. You can play around with clay colors, stamps and stamp colors – the possibilities are endless!
Step 1: Tear off one strip of clay from the package. Roll it into a ball with your hands.
Step 2: Roll into a worm shape with your hands, then roll it out into a rectangle shape using a rolling tool (I used a small piece of PVC pipe).
Step 3: Trim the side and notch the ends to make a banner shape.
Step 4: Ink your stamp letters, then carefully impress the stamp into the clay.
Step 5: Cook in the oven according to the package directions (be careful not...
The last few years as the Oh Happy Day team has grown, we’ve been taking an epic team photo for our holiday card. This year was a pretty pivotal one for us, (we launched our new product line as well as created Color Factory) so we needed an over-the-top team photo to match. I asked teammembers Amy Moss and Sarah Kate Price to style the photo. The initial inspiration was Wes Anderson meets Gucci with an Oh Happy Day twist. We spent more hours than we’d care to admit scouring the internet, thrift shops, and our own closets for special pieces that felt exciting. Scroll through to see what we came up with!
First, Amy and Sarah asked everyone to bring in their best sequined clothes and accessories to the studio. It was INSANE. There were piles of clothes and shoes and scarves and sunglasses everywhere. Amy unfurled her collections of perfectly patterned socks and exquisite accessories. Sarah brought in her crazy lady hats and shoes and thrift store hauls from the last decade. It was pretty much a bunch of girls playing dress up in our studio for the weeks leading up to the photoshoot.
Once we had it all at the studio Amy...
If winter’s got you feeling as blue as the side of this house, this little poem oughta perk you up. We hung these pretty lines by Amy Turn Sharp in San Francisco and watched as passersby enjoyed the gilded message (and we hope you do too!). Send them along to someone you’re thinking of today!
Poetry by Amy Turn Sharp
Photography by Sarah Kate Price
Assisted by Claire Lickfold
We’ve been on a huge surprise ball kick lately — they’re such a quirky way to gift tiny treasures, and they’re fun to make, too! These Emoji Surprise Balls are based on our Oh Happy Day Emoji plates (coming soon to the shop! Stay posted!) They make great party favors or place settings for a dinner party. Read on for the full DIY!
Start with the largest item as your base, then wrap the other little bits and baubles into the folds of the crepe streamer until you have a neat, round package! It’s a fun way to gift wrap a bunch of tiny treats! We have so many cute favors in our shop that are perfect to wrap inside of these surprise balls.
Step 1: Gather a variety of tiny gifts to wrap in your surprise ball.
Step 2: Starting with the largest item, begin to wrap with the crepe paper streamer. Continue to wrap the item until it is completely wrapped. Wrap the second item until you have a ball shape, then add a tab of washi tape to secure the end...
2017 was a HUGE year for Oh Happy Day! Amidst all our crazy projects- designing our own party products, building our amazing team and launching Color Factory- we still kept producing awesome DIY’s on the blog! Featuring projects from January-June, here’s Part One of our Greatest Hits of 2017…
A personalized baby shower cake topper is such a sweet gesture, but it’s hard to personalize one when you don’t know baby’s name yet. One solution is to use the baby’s future last name – easy to spell out with alphabet beads. I love the way striped washi tape looks like a sweet gingham pattern when it is folded over on itself. Of course, you could use any color combo of honeycomb ball and washi tapes you like for this project!
Step 1: Lay out your letters and string them onto gold cord about 10 inches long, leaving extra length on each side.
Step 2: Cut two bamboo skewers to about 9” high.
Step 3: Tie bead words onto bamboo skewers, layering top to bottom. Adjust as necessary to get the words to hang equidistant from each other.
New Year’s Eve is all about the metallics. In fact, I think this time of year is contingent on the hunt for that PERFECT shiny outfit to show off at holiday parties! Our idea for an epic NYE space party sprung from this seasonal obsession and we went all out! We took inspiration from disco, David Bowie, the 70’s and 80’s and even Gucci’s recent sci fi campaign. Continue for all the sparkly deets!
We used silver metallic tablecloths to create the shiny backdrop and created hanging planets out of silver orb balloons! We really leaned into the whole theme- creating the cutest UFO favors filled with tiny alien toys! Our marketing co-ordinator, Sarah, tackled the make-up. She used bold colored metallic eyeshadow topped with AMAZING silver tinsel eyelashes! A multitude of disco balls and silver fringe really added to the vibe. And the pièce de résistance- these killer metallic pants from Mango.
We made this New Year’s Confetti piñata as an homage to Madewell’s gift well guide. We were so inspired by their holiday banner that we thought it would make an amazing New Year’s piñata. Break in the new year with a 2018 piñata — or relieve all that built up frustration and take a bat to 2017 (man, has it been rough!). Either way, it’ll be a smashing good time. You could even fill it with confetti to make your own kind of ball drop!
Materials: Large pieces of Cardboard, pencil, projector, x-acto knife, corrugated paper, packing tape, twine, white spray paint, Aleene’s glue, brush, mylar confetti, hot glue gun, small clear plastic box
Step 1: Use the projector to project your numbers on to the cardboard. Then trace the numbers in pencil. Do this two times to get two of each number in the same size.
Step 2: Cut out the numbers with an x-acto knife.
Step 3: Cut a piece...
Every holiday season, I like to bring my neighbors a little something — fresh baked cookies, a small box of chocolates, a bottle of bubbly. It only takes a little time, and it gives you a chance to break the ice (if you don’t know them already)! No matter the gift, if you present it with a little extra care, your neighbors will be sure to love it. Today, we’re showing you how to dress up a bottle of wine like everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer. It’s a perfect way to make your holiday neighbor gift just a bit more festive!
I find that the best neighborhood gifts to give (and receive!) are ones that help with entertaining. A homemade bundt cake or bottle of wine can help make preparations for their next holiday get together a little easier.
Step 1: Print out the reindeer template and cut out all the elements. Take the cut outs and trace the pieces on the colored cardstock. Use different colors on the cardstock to really get the reindeer feeling.
Step 2: Cut a strip of cream colored cardstock to cover the label on the bottle. Then cut out all the other...
With holiday parties come the inevitable classic holiday party drinks: hot chocolate, boozy eggnog, mulled cider, etc. But sometimes it’s still 80º where you live and all you want is a cupcake. If you fall into that niche, congratulations we have holiday drink cupcakes! I went and transformed my 3 favorite holiday drinks into the portable baby cakes for all your upcoming holiday parties/celebrations so everyone can be happy and you don’t have to worry about investing in new glassware.
For the Mulled Cider Cupcake:
Grab your favorite yellow cake box cake mix (I used Betty Crocker for all these), swap out the water for apple cider, and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice to the rest of the ingredients required for the cake. Bake up the cupcakes according to the directions on the box. Once cooled, make the frosting:
Spiced Orange Buttercream
Makes enough for 24 cupcakes
1 cup unsalted butter
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon orange zest, about 1/4 of a navel orange
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon orange juice
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
Beat the butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and orange zest in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl using an electric handheld mixer for...
My absolute favorite part of Christmas Day is watching the look of anticipation on the kids’ faces as they unwrap presents. Surprise balls are the perfect way to gift tiny treats because unravelling them is half the fun! Just fill them with little treats and toys for the little ones to unwrap Christmas Day!
These character surprise balls would make the cutest holiday stocking stuffers. Just imagine a little elf or santa peeking out of their stockings — so sweet!
Materials needed: Tiny gifts, crepe paper streamers, cardstock, hot glue gun, printable character template, x-acto knife, red pom poms, 1 inch hole punch, ¾ inch hole punch, ½ inch hole punch, mirrorboard, scalloped scissors
Step 1: Gather a variety of tiny gifts to wrap in your surprise ball.
Step 2: Starting with the largest item, begin to wrap with the crepe paper streamer. Continue to wrap the item until it is completely wrapped. Wrap the second item until you have a ball shape, then add a tab of washi tape...
A few years ago, we hosted Christmas for our extended family and I decided to try something a little different for gifts. I created a ‘Lucky Dip’ which is a popular Australian carnival game (commonly used at school fairs) where kids pay for the chance to dip their hand into a large box and draw out a random wrapped gift containing a surprise toy or treat inside. There’s something thrilling about discovering what prize you chose for yourself!
I used a large glass punch bowl and filled it with tissue-wrapped novelty gifts – things like bottles of bubbles and candy, each gift about $10 in value. It was a cute idea that contributed to the festive vibe. Everyone got into the playful spirit, including the adults, many were enjoying the trinkets and toys throughout the day- blowing bubbles and firing party poppers etc.
It’s really simple. Choose a suitably sized vessel like a large basket, box or bowl and fill with individually wrapped/boxed novelty prizes. You then go around the room and ask guests to pick one gift. It’s a cost-efficient way to get around holiday gifting- rather than buying expensive, custom gifts you provide a cute and fun experience instead!