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a paper napkin flower DIY... 6 Oct 2014

Paper Napkin Flower DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Paper Napkin Flower DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

With the Oh Joy for Target collection, it's fun to turn some of the disposable pieces into other decorative accents for a party. Today, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are here with this whimsical project using the Oh Joy for Target fall paper napkins turning them into fun paper flowers to use as placecard holders or gift toppers!

We've provided a handy PDF that you can download right here with all the materials and directions on how to make them. The Oh Joy napkins have sold out online (still available in some stores), but you can also use this technique on any other paper napkins. Enjoy! 

P.S. Paper Lantern MobileStriped Lanterns and Party People!

{Crafts, styling and photography by Thuss + Farrell for Oh Joy}  

DIY party people favor bags... 28 Aug 2014

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

One of the best parts of designing the Oh Joy for Target collection is getting to work with other talented people (stylists, photographers, art directors, food stylists, and more...) to make the images on our packaging and in-store signage come to life. I had the opportunity to work with the amazing husband and wife team Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell of Thuss+Farrell who photographed all of the environmental images you'll see in stores and on the product packaging.

Rebecca used to be a prop stylist at Martha Stewart and is always full of crafty ideas. So today, I asked her to share a way that she'd use the Oh Joy for Target mini party hats in a new way. She came up with these party people favor bags, and they are seriously crazy cute!

Here's how to make them...

Party People Favor Bags

You'll need:
-1 package Oh Joy for Target mini party hats
-cellophane treat bags (approx 3.5 x7.5”)
-clear cellophane tape
-glue dots
-assorted pipe cleaners
-needle-nose pliers
-assorted circle and other shaped stickers and labels
-scissors

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

Here's how:
1. Place cellophane bag on a table back seam side up.

2. Fold both bottom corners in as shown, and secure the flaps to the bag with a 2.5” or longer piece of cellophane tape.

3. Remove or tuck the elastic strap of the party hat inside the point.

4. Attach 2 pop-up glue dots to the outer edges of the cellophane bag flaps as shown, and one on the opposite side in the center.

5. Place your hand inside the bag to open it up gently, with the front side facing you. Hold the mini hat in your other hand and slide the bag inside the hat, tucking the bag far enough inside to hide the glue dots. Press inside firmly to secure the dots to the hat.

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

6. Cut a standard pipe cleaner in half with wire cutters. Using needle-nose pliers, roll the sharp edges in to make small coils.

7. Fill the bag with desired treats, and use the pipe cleaner to secure the bag, as shown.

8. Using scissors, cut desired face shapes from the labels and have fun making faces! 

P.S. The party hats have sold out online but are still available at local Target stores near you!

DIY Party People Favors / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

{Crafts, styling and photography by Thuss + Farrell for Oh Joy} 

happy friday + ruby's 1st birthday party! 30 Nov 2012

Ruby's 1st Bday on Oh Joy | photos by Bonnie Tsang

Last month, we celebrated Ruby's 1st birthday! Even though no one really remembers her first birthday, we still wanted to celebrate with a big party, as it gave us an excuse to see our friends and celebrate our first year as parents, too (we're still in one piece)!

Ruby's 1st Bday on Oh Joy | photos by Bonnie Tsang

Ruby's 1st Bday on Oh Joy | photos by Bonnie Tsang

We held Ruby's party at Grand Park,—a new park that opened up in downtown LA this summer. It's so pretty and clean and new and we knew it was the perfect place to have the party. And the icing on the cake? The amazing hot pink tables and chairs that are set up all over the park. You can move them to wherever you want, so we had instant seating and tables! We showed up bright and early to set up and claim an area for Ruby's day.

(Pssst...this is a long post with lots of photos, so click below if you want to see more...)

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pop-up place cards... 28 Nov 2012

Oh Joy | Pop-Up Placecards

Ever since I was a kid, I've loved pop-up books. Maybe it's because I was always meant to be a graphic designer, or maybe it's because I just love seeing something flat go from two dimensions to three dimensions with a couple cuts and folds. As we head into the holiday season, I've got some fun posts coming up with ideas for bringing cheer to your dinner table this holiday and year-round, and for the first one, I wanted to apply my love of pop-ups to some fun placecards for your holiday table.

Oh Joy | Pop-Up Placecards

Here's how to make them...

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spotty paper perfection... 30 Oct 2012

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When I saw this wrapping paper at Anthropologie, my eyes nearly popped out of my skull. Amazing paper + the most beautiful and simple packaging (those die cut letters!)...gah...! A gift wrapped in this would be seriously so fun to open...

sustainable suds... 27 Aug 2012

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Last year, I created the branding and packaging for a line of soap called Hand in Hand. For every bar of soap purchased, another bar is donated to a child in need. We've been working on some brand new packaging to incorporate their new scents, and I'm thrilled to share some of my recent design work with you.

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I art directed and designed the new packaging and worked with illustrator Emma Block to make our vision come to life with the help of her beautiful drawings. The soaps are available on Hand in Hand's website and will soon be at Anthropologie stores nationwide! — Joy

{photos by Hand in Hand}

my go-to gift wrap... 16 Aug 2012

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I remember when I first heard about washi tape. I was crazy excited and amassed rolls by the dozen because it was something I could keep around that was just crafty enough for me without requiring too much time to make something look cool. I'm sure you've seen all kinds of washi tapes around the web over the last couple years, but I still love using it as my go-to for wrapping gifts because I never seem to have any real wrapping paper lying around. Last week, I bought these limited edition washi tapes with these amazing patterns and colors {hello gold foil and neon!} from Crafty Japan, and it was perfect for a friend's upcoming birthday gift. I usually stick to two or three different colors or patterns and simply cross them in both directions until you cover as much of the paper as you want! — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

you smell {again}... 14 May 2012

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A few years ago, I posted a school project turned real project by Megan Cummins called You Smell. It's so fun to hear from Megan again and see how much her line and company has grown since then...

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You Smell is now in a ton of amazing stores and is available in additional scents and products {like paper soap}. I still love the beautiful packaging and the quirky message, and I'm so happy to see that something that started off as a student's idea turn into a real business! — Joy

striped snaps... 7 May 2012

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Um, how cute are these La Sardina Beach cameras by Lomo? Maybe the cutest toy film camera ever. They remind me of these Swell cameras I helped design back in the day... — Joy

hand in hand in haiti... 1 Mar 2012

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Last year, I shared a new branding and packaging project I worked on for Hand in Hand—a company who's passionate about preventing illness in children from contagious diseases due to lack of soap and poor quality water. For every bar of soap purchased, another bar is donated to a child in need. And thanks to so many people over the last few months, they recently made a trip to Haiti to donate 5,000 bars to children in need. You can read more about the cause and the orange blossom soap bars right here! They're also now being carried online at Anthropologie. We're working on some new packaging for new scents, and I'm proud to have helped grow this product and cause even more... — Joy

{photos by Hand in Hand}

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