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gem sidewalk chalk DIY... 17 Aug 2015

DIY Chalk Gems

There's no kid (big or little) who doesn't love sidewalk chalk. We made these mini neon chalk gems which are great for little hands and SO fun to play with. They'd also make for super fun party favors for parties! To make these, you only need a few ingredients...

DIY Chalk Gems

You'll need...

- Plaster of Paris

- Liquid tempera paint

Silicone mold

Here's how... 

1. Follow the instructions on the plaster container to mix the plaster. The one we used was 2 parts plaster to 1 part water.

2. Mix in drops of tempera paint until you reach your desired color. We used about 1 tbs of paint per 1/2 cup of plaster so that the chalk would be very vibrant.

3. Pour the mixtures into the silicone tray. For a layered effect like we made, pour the mixtures into plastic baggies. Then cut off the corner tip of each bag so that the mixture can be more easily poured into the molds. That way you can add one color, then add another (sort of like piping in icing!).

4. Allow the mixture to harden in the mold for about 2 hours. Once it has set, gently pop them out.


DIY Chalk Gems

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and crafts by Ariel Fulmer.}

summer toasts... 12 Aug 2015

Chocolate Almond Coconut Toast

Toasts. They're so hot right now. Every trendy restaurant in Los Angeles carries some version of avocado toast. It's like part snack/part lunch/and all very, very tasty. Today we're sharing three of our own versions of toasts that are so easy to make and so, so, good (and non of them have avocado in them)!

1. Chocolate Almond Coconut Toast (above)
Toasted brioche (cut into strips) + Hey Boo coconut jam + toasted sliced almonds + shaved chocolate + toasted coconut = a sweet, creamy, chocolate-y snack that feels like a perfect dessert that melts in your mouth.

Cucumber and Goat Cheese Toast

2. Cucumber and Goat Cheese Toast
Toasted sourdough boule bread (slices cut in half) + goat cheese + thin cucumber slices + green grapes + cracked pepper = a creamy and savory toast that's perfect as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre. The grapes add a bit of sweetness to contrast the bit of bite with the cracked pepper.

Peach Ricotta Toast

3. Peach Ricotta Toast
Toasted baguette (cut at an angle) + whole milk ricotta cheese + sliced peaches + crushed roasted pistachios + honey drizzle = a mix of sweet and savory that makes for a great afternoon snacks both for little kids and big kids alike!

Do you guys have any favorite toast combos you love? 

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Ariel Fulmer for Oh Joy}

{dollar store diy} a kid's beach kit... 6 Aug 2015

Oh Joy / Kid's Beach Kit

There's about a month or so left to get some good beach time before the summer ends. And the best thing about the beach is that you don't need to spend a ton of money to keep kids entertained. The water and the sand are like instant, free toys. And with a few extra items, we made a kid's summer beach tote ready to go with some playful essentials. The best part is...most of these items came from the dollar store so the full kit can be put together with just $5-8 bucks!

Oh Joy / Kid's Beach Kit

We found the visor, drink cooler, sand toys, frisbee, and the amazing neon tote all for $1 each at the dollar store. To make them a little fancier, we used puffy paint to decorate the visor, and washi tape and contact paper to decorate the frisbee and water cooler. And, I know you're about to say..."Joy is there anything you DON'T put contact paper on?!?" The answer is no. But seriously, how much cuter do these pieces look now, and the decorations are water-proof!

Oh Joy / Kid's Beach Kit

Oh Joy / Kid's Beach Kit

We added a little pom pom and one of our "R" Christmas ornaments to personalize the tote for Ruby. This little kit would be super special and fun to make for a gift, too!

p.s. a summer art kit!

{Photos by Casey Brodley and styling by Julia Wester for Oh Joy. All items from the Dollar Store except the sunglasses, sunglass strap, ornament, and beach towel.}

a baby's memorabilia shelf... 27 Jul 2015

Baby Memorabilia Shelf DIY

I often collect little cute trinkets or treasures for my kids that have some sort of meaning. But it can be hard to figure out where to put these little things or know to how to display them. So we came up with this memorabilia shelf for a baby's nursery to hold small treasures and keepsakes.

We made this one for a couple who has roots in Philly and Los Angeles and cultural backgrounds from Mexico, the Philippines, and Colombia, so you'll see a variety of pieces that reference those parts of them show up here. Watch the video below to see the full how-to!

And to see all the materials and steps, I've repeated them below for reference! And please subscribe to the Oh Joy channel to see more videos.


a sweet baby mobile... 20 Jul 2015

Baby Mobile DIY / Oh Joy

A mobile is a fun way to add whimsy to your baby's nursery. Today, I'm creating this one inspired by an ice cream maker and pastry chef couple, for a sweet mobile that suits any playful nursery. You can customize the shapes to match your family's interests, too! Watch the video to see the full how-to!

And to see all the materials and steps, I've repeated them below for reference!


a budding artist's play table... 13 Jul 2015

Oh Joy / DIY Kid's Art Table

If you're looking for special ways to make your baby's nursery even more memorable, here's our newest DIY made especially for a room that a baby could share with an older sibling. This play table combines a chalkboard and magnet area for creating and displaying memories of all kinds. Watch the video to see the full how-to!

And to see all the materials and steps, I've repeated them below for reference!


making a kid's summer art kit... 6 Jul 2015

Kid's Art Kit DIY

Kid's Art Kit DIY

School's out for summer, and we thought it would be fun to make a little art kit for kids that you could have on hand to take with you wherever your summer adventures may go. Whether at home, on vacation, or at Grandma's house, you can fill up a box with a stash of things to keep kids engaged and creating all summer long. I keep this one at my office for Ruby for when she comes by! These also make for a perfect custom gift anytime of year for that little budding artist in your life!

Kid's Art Kit DIY

Here are some of my favorite things to put in the kit (this one is geared towards ages 2-5 and could be adjusted for an older or younger kid):

1. a glue stick (the kind that changes color when dry!)

2. gel crayons and homemade crayons

3. stretchy cord, pipe cleaners, and wooden beads for making necklaces

4. textural things that can be glued down, like googly eyes, squares of tissue paper, and pom-poms which can be store in small divided containers.

5. lots of sheets of paper and things that help attach papers like washi tape and paper clips

6. items that encourage 3-D thinking like play-doh and fun shaped erasers

Kid's Art Kit DIY

We used these awesome little suitcases for the kit which you could also paint and decorate with a name or fun phrase. We simply used vinyl letters to make a word, painted over it with acrylic paint in a pattern, then peeled off the letters once the paint is dry.

Custom Crayon DIY

Custom Crayon DIY

To make these custom crayons, simply break up old crayon pieces and put them into a silicone baking mold and bake at 230 degrees for 15 minutes!

Kid's Art Kit DIY

The best part about the art kit is that as they go through the supplies, it's easy to re-stock and change up the items inside based on their current interests. Right now, Ruby loves stringing beads and using washi tape on everything. So as I refill the kit, I always like to add some new things in there that Ruby's never seen or used before to get her excited for new ways to make and create!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and production by Julia Wester}

{dollar store DIY} july 4th nails! 22 Jun 2015

July 4th Nails

We have so many dollar stores in my neighborhood (seriously you can't miss them!). So I thought it would be fun to start incorporating some of the best under-cover finds from the dollar store into some colorful projects! First up, we're using tiny star sequins from the dollar store to decorate our nails for the upcoming 4th of July holiday! If you want a variation on the traditional red, white, and blue, here's our take with a pop of color and shine!

July 4th Nails

You'll need:
-silver star sequins (we found the silver works best with nail polish)
-clear nail polish
-glitter nail polish (we used this iridescent one)
-colorful nail polish (we used hot pink)
-a thin paint brush

Here's how:
1. Get the star sequins out of their packaging and laid out and ready to go so that you can quickly stick them on top of your base coat.

2. Apply a clear base coat to your nails. While still wet, apply the stars to the nail beds however you'd like.

3. Let dry, then apply an iridescent glitter coat. 

4. Use a thin paint brush to add dots in colors of your choice.  There are no set rules here, so just have fun with it!

5. Finally, apply a top clear coat to seal it all in.

July 4th Nails

{Photos by Casey Brodley, production by Julia Wester, hands by Angie Stalker. Drink stirrers by Anne and Kate.}

let's get ready for the beach! 16 Jun 2015

DIY Beach Marker

I’m so excited summer is finally here! I was never big into the beach growing up, but since moving to Southern California and having kids, the beach has become a favorite spot to spend fun times with my family. The best part is, you don’t need a ton of things because the water, the sand, and the open space provide the basis for a day full of building things from sand and playing in the ocean.

Beach Marker DIY

One thing that I always find is when coming back to our home base after playing in the water or wandering off to find sea shells, it can be tricky to find your spot especially on a busy weekend full of families. When Ruby is playing with her friends not too far away, I always want to make sure she knows exactly where we are. So, we created this Beach Marker with a few simple materials so that we all (kids and grown-ups, too) could easily find our way back whether it’s to take a nap, reapply sunscreen or take care of a boo-boo from a pretty, but sharp shell. Here's how to make this festive and fun Beach Marker...

(click below to read more)


oh joy weddings / fringe backdrop... 15 Jun 2015

Fringe Backdrop DIY

For those of you who are getting married in the near future (or who just want ideas for any kind of special event), here's the next DIY in our mini series called Oh Joy Weddings on Kin Community. It's super fun, colorful and offers wedding ideas in true Oh Joy style. Today, we're showing you how to make a festive and fun fringe backdrop for taking fun photos of all your party guests!

Oh Joy Weddings / How to Make a Fringe Backdrop

You can find the step-by-step instructions at the bottom of the video post!

Brought to you by Oh Joy for Kin Community
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown 
Sound: Dave Wester 
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Assistant: Casey Brodley 
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Hair and Makeup: Danielle Walch
Location: Elysian LA
Special thanks: John, Tish, Alysha, Tessa, and Tuna the Frenchie for being my special guests!


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