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.

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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Preschool Valentine Printable Worksheet

My kids always come home from preschool with the cutest activities related to the upcoming holiday. They love the “roll-a” activity worksheets that are all over the Internet right now. I thought it would be fun to highlight this Roll-a-Love Bug Preschool Valentine Printable Worksheet that my little one is ga-ga over. The directions are as […]

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