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For our Daughter’s 8th birthday, we did an emoji theme. She was obsessed with all things emoji and requested that her birthday be “all things” emoji, so we did. It turned out really well. Below I’m sharing a few of the props and decor we made relating to the theme.
DIY Emoji Faces
I used to post the kids birthday parties frequently when they were much tinier but now it seems we get all caught up with all different holiday ideas and skip sharing their birthday photos. Even though this was last year’s birthday props, I thought I’d share it (and a couple more) first before concentrating on holiday posts. Because after all, us moms are always looking for ideas for our kids birthdays. Hope it helps.
How to Make Cut-Out Emoji Faces
What you need:
- construction paper or poster board
- round paper plate or round item (size as desired)
- black marker
What to do:
If you are unsure of what faces to draw, pull up some faces on your computer, phone, or follow a pattern on a mug, shirt, or some other item. Our daughter had an emoji cup with plenty of emotions so we looked at the cup and followed the patterns.
- Use a paper plate or other round item to cut out the base (use according to the size you desire). Simply place the plate or item on the paper. Trace around it with a pencil, then cut it out.
- Next, cut out tiny circles or hearts for eyes, have moon shapes for mouths, raindrops for tears, etc.
- Glue the features unto the faces accordingly. That’s basically it.
Note: You could also just draw the faces on with an highlighter instead of cutting everything out. See that yellow one with the heart eyes in this photo. We drew the eyes and mouth and colored the eyes in red. And that was basically it. Whatever way is easier for you, go for it.
These things were so funny to look at. You look at a smiley face and you smile too or a laugh-till-you-cry face and you kinda want to do the same. So funny!!
DIY “Pin the Face on the Emoji”
You can also glue the finished face unto a larger piece of paper to make the emoji pop a bit like we did in the following image. I did this following one as a “pin the face” on the emoji game but they could also be used just to decorate. For the game, simply leave the face blank or half blank (lol) and add some face features (eyes, mouths, glasses, etc. in a basket so that the kids could pick and pin them to the face).
DIY Photo Booth
We also made this photo booth for the kids to take photos. The frame is covered with emoji stickers although the photos did not capture them very clearly.
- You’ll need a rectangular tablecloth (in desired color)
- a large sheet of construction paper (in the desired color)
- a ruler
- black highlighter (optional)
- stickers, optional (I used emoji on the frame and stars on the tablecloth)
- clear tape
What to do:
- Measure the construction paper with a ruler (make a large square)
- Trace it out with a pencil, then go over with a highlighter if you’d like
- Cut out the square
- Decorate with stickers (if using)
- Place the table cloth on the wall and attach with tape
- Tape the frame unto the tablecloth
- Place extra stickers on the tablecloth (optional)
I forgot to take a photo of how I made the frame but that it what it looked like when I was done. I believe the size is about 2ft. long by 2ft. wide (all 4 sides being equal).
I added the black rectangular tablecloth length-ways down a very large wall. You could use any wall that will fit the tablecloth. The kids only need to stand in front of the booth for pictures not in front of the entire wall.
Our daughter’s birthday was a “sleepover” without the actual sleeping over part. The party was at night so the idea behind this prop was supposed to be a starry night photo booth. Not sure if it turned out that way but it was fun creating it anyway:)
We added some other props (little faces on sticks found here) so the kids could use them to pose in front of the photo booth. I believe one of the moms took the kids photos only I don’t seem to have any of them. Now that I think about it, I don’t remember getting any:(
Here’s a wider view of the wall I put it on. I really enjoyed creating these DIY birthday props and the kids seemed to love them too. Our family had a kick out of all the emoji things we had around the house in preparation for the birthday. We made silly faces and took lots of funny videos. That was so much fun!!
Do you have little kids who are fascinated with emojis? They might enjoy an emoji theme birthday party. Hope these props help give you some ideas for creating your own props and decorations.