Mini Banana Pinatas

This whole social distancing thing is really making us miss our friends, and it is probably safe to say that we are “going bananas” without them! If you want to spread a little happiness to a neighbor, friend or relative during the quarantine, these banana piñatas are sure to boost their spirits! Fill them with some wrapped goodies, notes, or small toys, and leave them on the doorstep, or stick them in the mail. Don’t forget to grab the printable that says, “I’m going bananas without you!” In the future, these will be fun at a tropical or jungle party, or as Valentines that say “I’m bananas for you” or “I love you a whole bunch!” Kids may even enjoy receiving one with their lunch as a special treat. Read on for the full tutorial.

Mini Banana Piñatas | Oh Happy Day

Mini Banana Piñatas | Oh Happy Day

Mini Banana Piñatas | Oh Happy Day

Materials Needed: twisty balloons, balloon hand pump, clear tape, scissors, newspaper, flour, water, acrylic paint (brown and a few shades of yellow), sponge brush, loofah sponge (optional), wax paper, toothpicks, box cutter, printable tag, string

Mini Banana Piñatas | Oh Happy Day

Step 1: Use your balloon pump to partially blow up a twisty balloon to the size of a banana. Tie off the end, leaving a little bit of length on the tip. Use clear tape to make the banana narrow on the ends. Think of it as a balloon girdle! Now tie off the second end of the banana, and cut off any excess balloon to save for another project.

Step 2: Cut your newspaper into 1-2 inch wide strips at various lengths, and mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of flour to make your paste. Completely dip a newspaper strip in your paste, wiping off any excess, and then begin covering your banana balloon in newspaper. It is easiest to start on the ends by laying strips perpendicular to each other over the top (in an “x”), and using extra strips around the tip of the balloon where it was first tied off, to create a short “stem”. Next, wrap strips horizontally around the perpendicular strips until the entire balloon is covered. Smooth out any bumps so that the strips are plastered as close to the balloon as possible. We recommend at least two layers of newspaper. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Paint your banana yellow, using acrylic paint and a sponge brush. Allow to dry.

Step 4: This step is optional, but it adds nice color variation, and distracts from any newspaper lines in your paper mache! Place a few small puddles of various shades of yellow paint on a piece of wax paper. Dip your loofah sponge in the paint, mixing the yellows a bit, and use the loofah to apply the paint to your banana on all sides. Allow to dry.

Step 5: Use a sponge brush to apply brown paint to the banana stem, and opposite end. It is best to dab the paint off on wax paper so that your brush is not too wet. Next, dip the end of a toothpick in brown paint mixed with a few drops of water, and apply small dots on a side of your banana for a bit of bruising! You may even dip your finger in the brown paint, dab it off a bit on wax paper, and smear some on the banana for some extra dramatic bruising. Allow to dry.

Step 6: Use a box cutter to cut 3 sides of a small rectangle in the back of your banana. Open the little door, and pull out the balloon pieces. Shake the banana out over a trash can to eliminate any flakes of glue from the paste. Fill the banana with the items of your choice (wrapped candy, small toys, notes, tattoos, confetti, etc.), shut the door, and share with friends! Don’t forget to print the tag, and attach using baker’s twine or the string of your choice.

Mini Banana Piñatas | Oh Happy Day

Mini Banana Piñatas | Oh Happy Day

Mini Banana Piñatas | Oh Happy Day

Crafting and photography by Abby Hunter.

Chocolate Clover Lollipops

Everyone needs a little extra luck here and there. So let’s play leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day and give away the sweetest clover lollipops EVER. What I especially love about them is that you can use them in so many ways! Besides a lovely giveaway for friends and colleagues, they make a great centerpiece or place card for your next party. Or you could use them as lucky cake toppers to decorate a basic cake. Whatever you’re planning, see here for how to start…

Chocolate Clover Lollipops | Oh Happy Day

Chocolate Clover Lollipops | Oh Happy Day

Chocolate Clover Lollipops | Oh Happy Day

Materials needed: white chocolate, clover shaped cookie cutters, metal cutter, cake pop sticks, heart-shaped sweets, sprinkles, green food coloring, baking paper, mixer

Step 1: First of all, you need to cut a small gap into the cookie cutter so that the stick can be inserted. Use a small but strong metal cutter. The gap shouldn’t be too big, so the chocolate does not run out there later.

Step 2: Place your cookie cutters on baking paper and insert a cake pop stick into each cookie cutter.

Step 3: Now it’s time to melt the chocolate. The best and fastest way is to break the chocolate into small pieces by using a blender and put everything into a cup. Place the cup in hot (but not boiling) water and stir until the chocolate has melted.

Step 4: Afterwards you can add food coloring to get the desired green color. I would suggest to use a powder here, as a liquid will change the consistency in a strange way. Start small and add food coloring until you have the right shade.

Step 5: Press the cookie cutter firmly onto the base and pour chocolate into it spoon by spoon until the stick is fully covered.

Step 6: Time to decorate! Play with various heart shaped sweets so you can repeat the clover form on the lollipop. Add sprinkles and let everything dry for at least one hour.

Pro tip: Getting the chocolate out of the mould can be a little tricky. The best way is to slowly warm the outside of the cookie cutter with a lighter, so that the edges melt a little and the lollipop slides out easily.

Chocolate Clover Lollipops | Oh Happy Day

Chocolate Clover Lollipops | Oh Happy Day

Chocolate Clover Lollipops | Oh Happy Day

Chocolate Clover Lollipops | Oh Happy Day

Crafting, styling and photography by Julia Tramm.

Cactus Gift Boxes

A cactus as a gift? Even for kids? We must be kidding! But we don’t, cause this one is perfectly safe. Our cactus gift box comes with a soft touch (from the pipe cleaner) that you constantly want to feel. Filled with lots of sweets and some tiny toys, it’ll make a great giveaway at your next BBQ! Here is how it’s done…

Cactus Giftbox | Oh Happy Day

Cactus Giftbox | Oh Happy Day

Materials needed: colorful cardstock, x-acto knife, scissors, rulerhot glue gun, pencil, pipe cleaners in multiple colors, favors as treats

Step 1: Fold a sheet of cardstock in half. Draw the outline of a cactus.

Step 2: Cut along the outline so that you have two identical cacti. Cut several strips of cardstock with a width of 4 centimeters.

Step 3: Fold the long edge of the strip in about 1 centimeter and then fringe cut evenly about 1 centimeter up to the crease.

Step 4: Put some hot glue on the fringe edge and place it along the edge of the cactus until the whole form is completely surrounded. Repeat this on the other cactus but this time leave some room to the edge. This way, you can slide both pieces of the box together easily.

Extra tip: It helps to bend the paper over a finger before gluing it on the cactus, so that it adapts to the curves more easily.

Step 5: Decorate the cactus with colorful pipe cleaners to give it a fun texture. Finish it with a paper flower and fill it with lots of small goodies.

Cactus Giftbox | Oh Happy Day

Cactus Giftbox | Oh Happy Day

Cactus Giftbox | Oh Happy Day

Cactus Giftbox | Oh Happy Day

Cactus Giftbox | Oh Happy Day

Crafting, styling and photography by Julia Tramm.

Ombre Candles DIY + Printable

As Valentine’s Day is getting closer and closer, we think about all we are on fire for: lots of color, a good meal, spending time with our partners in crime… Why not combine everything and have a romantic candle light dinner or throw an epic Galentine’s Day party?! We’re here to help you with the first step – crafting the perfect invitation for this occasion. Best thing is: you can download these hot notes as a printable, but also the ombre candles are quick to make.

Ombre Candles DIY + Invitation Printable | Oh Happy Day

Ombre Candles DIY + Invitation Printable | Oh Happy Day

Ombre Candles DIY + Invitation Printable | Oh Happy Day

Materials needed: tall narrow glass, pot, white candles, wax crayons in various colors, white cardstock, scissors, glue, tape, pen, flame printable

Step 1: Break one white candle into small pieces and put them in the glass. Add half of a wax crayon. (Start with a little color, as this will be easier to get the ombre look.)
Step 2: Heat everything in a water bath until it’s all liquified.
Step 3: Immerse a new white candle several times to different depths and let it dry a few seconds in between. For example, dip 1/3 of the desired coverage the first time, then 2/3, then 3/3. Adjust these depths as you wish to create your own ombre effect.
Step 4: Print the flame printable, mix and match the flames as you like. Write your note on the card.
Step 5: Wrap the lower part of the card around the candle and seal it with a bit of colorful tape.

Ombre Candles DIY + Invitation Printable | Oh Happy Day

Ombre Candles DIY + Invitation Printable | Oh Happy Day

Ombre Candles DIY + Invitation Printable | Oh Happy Day

Ombre Candles DIY + Invitation Printable | Oh Happy Day

Ombre Candles DIY + Invitation Printable | Oh Happy Day

Crafting and photography by Julia Tramm – Studio Tong Tong.

Tricks or Treats

Halloween is three weeks away, can you believe it?! It is such a strange holiday that people often have strong opinions about, and this year we are on team ‘happy’ Halloween and wanted to share some last-minute tricks and treats ideas to inspire you to make something fun and get your creative juices flowing.

There are also well over sixty (!!) different costume ideas in our archives if you are looking for something unique and DIY for those upcoming kid’s costume parties! Check them out here.

Oh Happy Halloween | Oh Happy Day

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