Mother’s Day Accordion Keepsake

Moms deserve something extra thoughtful this Mother’s Day, as they have been “momming” in overdrive for the last couple months! Grandmas are probably longing for time with the kids, and would love to receive something to remind them of their favorite people. Why not make some beautiful, flower-adorned accordion cards for Mother’s Day, to use as a keepsake with the kids’ latest pieces of art! Drawings really accumulate, and it is nice to have a place to display all the favorites. It would also make the perfect mini photo album, journal, or scrapbook. There is plenty of time to make this thoughtful, handmade card, so read on for the details…

Mother's Day Accordion Keepsake | Oh Happy Day

Mother's Day Accordion Keepsake | Oh Happy Day

Mother's Day Accordion Keepsake | Oh Happy Day

Materials Needed: cardstock, copy paper, glue stick, glue, pencil, straight edge, craft knife, scissors, streamers, photos, kids’ artwork (or copies of art), tape

Mother's Day Accordion Keepsake | Oh Happy Day

Step 1: Cut two pieces of cardstock to 5.5” x 7.25”.

Step 2: Use your straight edge to pencil in a 2.5” x 2.25” rectangle 1.75” from the top of one piece of cardstock, and 1 ½” from the sides. Use your craft knife and straight edge to cut out the rectangle.

Step 3: Cut four pieces of copy paper down from 8.5” to 6.625” wide. Make a fold in a sheet of the copy paper 5” from the end. You may use your cardstock to help measure and make the fold. Make another fold 5” from the first fold, but in the opposite direction. Repeat this step on your second, third and fourth sheet of copy paper, and then cut off the short flap on only ONE of your sheets. (It will be about 7/8” cut off). Glue one of your sheets with the 7/8” flap remaining, to the sheet that you cut down using the flap to hold the two together. Make sure each fold is going the opposite direction of the one next to it. Glue the final two sheets with the flaps, to the ends of the other sheets, making sure the folds are alternating.

Step 4: You may either tape a photo to the back of your cardstock frame, or slide in a 4×6 photo at the end. Next, glue two sides and the bottom of your cardstock frame to the first page of your “accordion” sheets, leaving the top opened for sliding in a photo. Keep your accordion folded, and glue the plain piece of cardstock to the back of the book.

Step 5: Fold small pieces of streamers into an accordion, and cut out different flower petal shapes as seen in photo 5 of the tutorial. Many of the petals will be folded in half slightly at the ends, and then glue the ends together, or ruffle the pieces together with glue depending on the flower style. You may cut some yellow and black streamers into very tiny squares, and glue a pile of them into the centers of some of the flowers. You can also roll up longer pieces of a light green or yellow shade to place in the center, or cut a streamer into tiny strips, and fold the strips in half.

Step 6: Arrange some of your streamer flowers on the cover of your accordion book, and glue them down. If you haven’t already, slide a photo behind the cover. Now you are ready to add kids’ artwork, photos, notes, or leave it blank for Mom or Grandma to journal or scrapbook.

Mother's Day Accordion Keepsake | Oh Happy Day

Flower Tutorials (L to R, and Top to Bottom)

Flower 1: Cut out longer, yellow petals with a little wave in the top. Pull each petal together at the bottom, almost creating an accordion fold. Glue the petals together at the bottom, arranging them in a circle and adding glue as you go around. Create a second layer on top of the first one, and add a small circle of glue to the top and middle of the flower. Sprinkle a pile of tiny black and yellow streamer pieces, and shake off any excess.

Flower 2: Cut a petal that resembles a heart with a flat bottom. Pinch each petal together at the bottom, and glue the ends together in a circle. Create a second layer behind a couple of petals. Add pink streamer pieces to the center.

Flower 3: Cut your streamer into long triangles with curved sides. Pinch each petal together at the bottom, and arrange the petals in a circle, gluing them together at the ends. Really pinch this one together in the center. Either add tiny streamer “sprinkles” in the middle, or roll streamers up a bit, cut them in half, and glue them to the center so that they are sticking up.

Flower 4: Cut out boxy petals with a slightly narrow bottom, and curved corners. Only bunch the petals together slightly on the bottom, and then glue them in a circle. Create a second, and possibly third layer. Glue tiny black streamer sprinkles in the center.

Flower 5: Create some wide, boxy petals for the bottom layer, and smaller, curvy petals for the top layers. You may want three different sizes. Pinch the largest petals together at the bottom and glue them in a circle. Add the medium sized petals for the middle layer, and glue the smallest petals to the top. Layering is key for this look.

Flower 6: The daisy has long, skinny petals. Glue a couple of layers in a circle, and pinch them all together in the middle, and then add yellow streamer sprinkles in the center.

Flower 7: Create a basic, short and round petal with a slightly flatter end, and gather your petals at the bottom, gluing them together. For the larger version in pink, continue to add layers of petals, pinching them together more in the middle, and leaving them loose on the outer layers.

Flower 8: The white flower uses a small, rounded petal, and the pink petals are slightly longer and skinnier. Glue two layers of each white petal together at the bottom in a circle. Cut tiny strips of yellow streamers, and then fold each strip in half, gluing them to the center of the white flower. You may add a leaf to the bottom as well. Glue the pink petals together at the bottom, creating two layers. Use tiny strips of mint green streamers folded in half for the center. This one also looks good with a leaf.

Flower 9: These petals are more rectangular with a narrow end. Make the wider end wavy at the top. Pinch each petal together at the bottom, and glue the pinched ends together in a layered circle. Add a mix of orange and peach streamer sprinkles to the center.

Mother's Day Accordion Keepsake | Oh Happy Day

Mother's Day Accordion Keepsake | Oh Happy Day

Mother's Day Accordion Keepsake | Oh Happy Day

Mother's Day Accordion Keepsake | Oh Happy Day

Mother's Day Accordion Keepsake | Oh Happy Day

Crafting and photography by Abby Hunter.

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.

Gradient Fringe Garland

The evenings are long and you don’t know what to do? Let me tell you: Binge watching is so over, fringe crafting is the new thing! The ribbons dance hypnotically with every breeze. The rustling is as soothing as the sound of the sea. And the colors will boost your mood in just a second. Is there more to say? But watch out: once you start, you can’t stop.

Here is how we started…

Gradient Fringe Garland | Oh Happy Day

Gradient Fringe Garland | Oh Happy Day

Gradient Fringe Garland | Oh Happy Day

Materials needed: crepe paper in any color you like, strong twine, large scissors.

Step 1: Cut the crepe paper into strips, which are about 3 centimeters wide.

Step 2: Roll out one strip at a time and cut it in the middle. Lay both strips on top of each other and twist the middle.

Step 3: Lay the twisted part over the twine and twist the long ends again, so that it’s fixed.

Gradient Fringe Garland | Oh Happy Day

Gradient Fringe Garland | Oh Happy Day

Gradient Fringe Garland | Oh Happy Day

Crafting, styling and photography by Julia Tramm.

Gingham Tablecloth DIY

You’re dying for a picnic but spring is still too far away? Don’t let it get you down, because you can easily get spring in your house! A nice fresh gingham on the table will create a good mood instantly. And you don’t even need much for that! We will show you how it works.

Gingham Tablecloth DIY | Oh Happy Day

Gingham Tablecloth DIY | Oh Happy Day

Gingham Tablecloth DIY | Oh Happy Day

Materials needed: white tablecloth, paintbrush, paint, long ruler, pencil

Step 1: Spread the tablecloth on a smooth surface. Use a pencil to lightly draw the grid pattern on the tablecloth.
Step 2: Paint the lines in different colors. Make sure to overlap the lines in various spots to create the gingham design. Use painters tape for more precision (we prefer the handcrafted look).

Gingham Tablecloth DIY | Oh Happy Day

Gingham Tablecloth DIY | Oh Happy Day

Gingham Tablecloth DIY | Oh Happy Day

Gingham Tablecloth DIY | Oh Happy Day

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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.

Valentine Heart Garland

On Valentine’s Day, we like to be heart to heart with our loved ones. Let’s show that too! Grab some paper and put heart on heart on heart on heart to make the easiest (and loveliest) garland ever seen.

Valentine Heart Garland | Oh Happy Day

Valentine Heart Garland | Oh Happy Day

Valentine Heart Garland | Oh Happy Day

Materials needed: cardstock in red, pink and white, a large ruler, cutting mat, rotary cutter or other cutting tool, stapler

Step 1: Cut strips of cardstock, which all have the same width (at least 3-4 centimeters). The bigger the hearts, the wider the strips should be.
Step 2: Shorten the paper strips to the same length. 15-20 centimeters is best.
Step 3: Tack two paper strips together at one end.
Step 4: Now bend the paper strips over to form a heart shape.
Step 5: Hold the ends together at the bottom and place two new paper strips. Staple everything together.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4 & 5 until the garland is as long as you want it.

Valentine Heart Garland | Oh Happy Day

Valentine Heart Garland | Oh Happy Day

Valentine Heart Garland | Oh Happy Day

Valentine Heart Garland | Oh Happy Day

Valentine Heart Garland | Oh Happy Day

Crafting and photography by Julia Tramm.

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