Did you know that on Facebook alone, over 60 million emojis are used every single day? And that number doesn’t even include the 5 billion emojis used on Messenger.
The use of colons, parentheses, and other punctuation marks to send smileys through text messages and SNS posts is now history. So while all of us take part in using these seriously adorable icons in our everyday lives, why don’t we all take part in celebrating them?
July 17 is #WorldEmojiDay and what better way to celebrate this day than spending time with those that make you happy and bring meaning to your life-- your kids! Here are some fun emoji crafts you can definitely enjoy doing with the little ones:
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
White Plastic Shrink Film
Black Permanent Marker
Fine Grit SandPaper
Acrylic Craft Paint
Darice Round Brush
Gloss Decoupage or Clear Gloss Acrylic Sealer
Tie Tacks with Clutch or Pin Backs
Hot Glue Gun
Start by gently sanding the shrink film and wipe off any dust. Roughing up the surface helps the paint to adhere to the plastic. You can also get shrink film that is pre-sanded, which is great, but it is clear, so if you use it, you may want to paint the back of the piece after it is shrunk to avoid the pin showing through.
Print out your chosen emoji designs on regular copy paper. Place the shrink film on top of the emoji images and trace the outlines of each shape with the permanent marker. Then paint. After you are finished painting, you can go back over the black lines with your permanent marker if needed.
Cut right along the black line so there is no white space on the outside. Place your cut out shapes onto a parchment lined baking sheet and place in a 250˚ F oven. It will take about five minutes for your shapes to shrink completely. As they shrink they will curl up, but when they are completely shrunk they will be flat again.
After your emojis have cooled completely, you can add a clear topcoat to make them nice and shiny. I used brush on gloss decoupage, but I think a spray on sealer might work even better because I didn’t love that you could see the brush strokes on the finished pins.
Finally, after the top coat has dried, use a hot glue gun to attach pin backs to the emoji shapes.
Emoji Magnet Bookmarks
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Cardstock paper, plain white or colored
Scissors or Cutter
Markers, glitter, paint, and other decorating supplies
Take 8 magnet squares (4 magnets per side) if you prefer your bookmark to be shaped like a square. Or, get 12 magnetic squares (6 per side, arranged 2x3) if you want it rectangular. Stick and arrange the adhesive magnets on to the cardstock paper. And don’t forget to leave at least 0.25-inch space in between the 2 sets of magnet sides as this is where your bookmark will fold.
Now, cut the cardboard exactly on the edges. Then it’s time for decorating! Make/draw emojis using the sticker dots. Color and design them to your whim. Fold the center space just like how you’d do for a book center or notebook. Make sure it folds evenly and perfectly.
After you’re done with designing the magnets, it’s time to reinforce and protect the magnets. Cover the colored/patterned side with clear tape, adding more if you prefer more reinforcement, then cut the excess with scissors or a cutter.
Emoji Stress Balls
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Approximately 1/2 cup of your favorite slime per balloon.
Yellow Balloons (two per stress ball)
Regular Grip Cutting Mat
Black and Red Cricut Vinyl
Cricut Transfer Tape
Cricut Emoji Face Cut File
Note: If you don’t have a Cricut, you may look for emoji balloons for your outer balloon and skip cutting the vinyl.
If ready-made slime isn’t available, you can easily make slime with your kids using DIY kits like these. (Making slime could actually add to the fun!). Fill a yellow balloon with slime. You’ll find this easiest if you have a second set of hands. Have one person stick 4 fingers inside the balloon and pull the balloon as wide open as possible while the second person stuffs the slime into the balloon. Push the slime down into the balloon as far as possible while pulling at the part of the balloon that you blow into. Knot the balloon making the knot as close to the slime as possible so that your balloon has a round shape. Cut the tail off of the balloon above the knot. Take a second yellow balloon and cut away the neck of the balloon that you blow into.Spread your second balloon over the balloon filled with slime, hiding the knot of the slime filled balloon up inside the second balloon.
Open my My Cricut Emoji Face Cut File, measure how big you want your faces to be (I did mine 1.5 inches tall), size the faces and cut them into your vinyl. Weed your vinyl, removing the extra vinyl and leaving just your emoji faces on the paper backing.
Using your transfer tape, transfer the vinyl faces onto your balloon/squishy/stress ball. Viola! You have adorable DIY Emoji Squishy Stress Balls Filled With Slime that your kids can play with and squish to their hearts’ content!
Emoji Bath Bombs
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
12 Count Mini Muffin Pan or Silicone Mould
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Citric Acid
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Corn Starch
10-12 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
3-4 Drops Yellow Soap Colouring
12 Emoji Icing Decorations or Cake Toppers
First preheat the oven to 140°. In a large bowl mix the baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch.
Add the coconut oil and lemon essential oil. To give your emoji bath bombs the vibrant yellow you’d expect add a few drops of yellow soap colouring and mix it all together really well. You’ll end up with a consistency that’s a bit like wet sand. Transfer the mixture into the silicone moulds. Push it down and fill each mould to the top.
Place the silicone mould on a baking sheet and put it into the preheated oven. Turn the oven off straight away and leave door closed for 1 hour. Remove your bath bombs from the oven and immediately press the emoji icing decorations into each individual bath bomb.
You’ll need to let the emoji bath bombs air dry for a further 8-12 hours then you can carefully pop your homemade bath bombs out of their moulds and store them in an airtight container.