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paper fan himmeli DIY... 8 Dec 2014

Paper Fan Himmeli DIY by ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

I love mobiles because they feel like decorations you can keep up year-round. So today, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are showing us how to keep that sparkle up beyond the holidays with this festive Paper Fan Himmeli using the Oh Joy for Target fans and paper straws!

A himmeli is a hanging mobile decoration traditionally made from straw. In Finland, they were made for Christmas decorations and also to be hung over the table at harvest to bring luck for the harvest of the following year. Supposedly, the more complicated the himmeli the more abundant the next year's harvest would be.

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

P.S. Holiday Countdown GarlandPaper Lantern Mobile, and Striped Lanterns!

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

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects... 4 Dec 2014

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

Every year, I try and pick out unique gifts for friends and family whenever possible. But sometimes, those gifts don't come already packaged in a perfectly crisp, white box ready for wrapping. So rather then having to default to sticking those odd-shaped gifts into a not-so-cute gift bag, we wanted to come up with some other ways to give those beautiful objects this holiday.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

1. A Piñata Present—for jewelry, craft supplies, wooden blocks, or decorative arrows—you can use a mailer tube as the base container for a gift that has multiple parts or pieces. You can give this gift sealed with a lid or kept open (as shown above) to show off a bit of the prize inside.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

Here’s what you’ll need:
- crepe paper, streamers, or tissue paper
- a mailer tube
- faux gold leather ribbon
- Scotch® Double-Sided Tape
- Scotch®  Scissors

Here’s how:
1. Wrap the crepe paper or streamer around 3 of your fingers a few times.

2. Use scissors to cut slits halfway in on one side making sure to leave at least ½” uncut up top.

3. Use double sided tape to secure the top of the streamers (the part without the slits) to the bottom of the tube and wrap around a few times to add layers.

4. Repeat step three with a different color or pattern above the first layer so that you can see a bit of the previous layer below. Repeat until you leave 1 inch from the top of the mailer tube free.

5. To finish off the tube, use the piece of gold faux leather ribbon to wrap around the top of the tube and secure with double-sided tape.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

2. A Jolly Pineapple—For a vase, mug, or other oblong object, we were inspired by Japanese Furoshiki to wrap the object with fabric—in this case, into a festive pineapple!

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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}  

paper lantern mobile DIY... 12 Sep 2014

Paper Lantern Mobile DIY / ThussFarrell for Oh Joy

When designing the Oh Joy for Target collection, we wanted to encourage using the pieces not only in parties but beyond the party as well. Because it just make every day a little more fun when it has a sense of whimsy to it. So today, Rebecca and Patrick from Thuss+Farrell are here with this simple and whimsical mobile using the Oh Joy for Target paper lanterns and plastic straws!

We've provided a handy PDF that you can download right here with all the materials and directions on how to make them. This would be super cute in the corner of a room. Enjoy!

P.S. Striped Lanterns and Party People!

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

little prints... 16 Dec 2013

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Having a toddler means trying to keep coming up with new and creative ways to play with them and entertain their often restless minds. Ruby has been crazy about stamps lately, so I'm loving this book, Yellow Owl's Little Prints, which includes book stamp, stencil, and print projects to make for kids and with kids. Plus, I kind of want to stamp everything now...

{Photos by Laure Joliet for Yellow Owl Workshop}

a happy note {giveaway}...NOW CLOSED 26 Nov 2013

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As we approach Thanksgiving and thoughts of whom and what we're grateful for are even more apparent, we often tend to write a lot more notes and cards of appreciation this time of year. To encourage more thanks and random notes of kindness, I've partnered with one of my favorite stationery lines, Tokketok, to give away three sets of her happy note collection to three readers. Each set includes one each of these note pads and cards shown: Happy, Hello, Love, Thank You, and Birthday (a $84 value per set).

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To enter, simply visit Tokketok's website and tell me who your next note of gratefulness will go to. Entries must be posted by next Monday, December 2nd, at 8 a.m. PST, and three winners will be chosen at random*

*Hooray! Open to readers anywhere in the world. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $84 USD total value per set. Winners will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. 

quirky little cars... 26 Sep 2013

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When I see cars carrying silly or unexpected things in real life, it always makes me laugh and imagine where the the items are going (a bunch of mattresses on a car, a ton of pumpkins in a pick-up truck, or a car full of balloons). So I love these cards by Dear Hancock that share all the things that may not be realistic but would be so fun to come across on the road...

P.S. My dream cars...

how to be wrap star... 10 Dec 2012

Oh Joy | Use mini-LED lights to wrap a gift!

My favorite thing about giving gifts is wrapping them. I don't know why, but I've always loved figuring out fun ways to adorn a gift other than with the usual bow. For example, I got these mini-LED lights to wrap around this gift. Nothing's more festive then a lit-up, glowing package, right?

Oh Joy | use a stretchy headband & ornament to decorate a wrapped gift

I also love using materials that can be used again...either for wrapping another gift or for something else altogether. For example, these stretchy headbands can be used to hold your wrap job together for a colorful, clean, no-tape option. Then just tie on a pretty ornament!

Oh Joy | use sculptural chip clips to top off a gift

Or top off a simple ribbon with something unexpected, like these animal chip clips. They add a sculptural quality to the present, and offer a little extra function for your recipient's everyday snacking.

Throughout this holiday season, I'll be sharing some of my favorite ideas for gift-giving and gift-wrapping over on this Pinterest board in collaboration with Target. Every day, I'll be pinning a new idea that I'm loving or that I've come up with, so I hope you'll follow along for some last-minute ideas and inspiration!

P.S. And a little bonus gift wrap DIY I created over at Refinery29 about how to use all those leftover scraps of wrapping paper!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.

{Photos by Oh Joy}

a paper you... 7 Dec 2012

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Remember those family portraits I posted about a few weeks ago? I recently came across these foldable portraits and had these two made of Bob and me. They crack me up and would make for a quirky gift for that person or couple who has everything...

{photo by Oh Joy}

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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