How to Make Cardboard Emoji Faces

DIY Emoji Party Decorations

The other day I shared the Emoji party favors I made for my daughter’s 6th birthday party. Today, I want to share how to make cardboard emoji faces. I love decorating for parties, but it’s important that I do it as cheaply as possible. So, with some cardboard boxes I found in our garage ready for the trash, and a little creativity, I made these large emoji faces for very little money.


First cut open your cardboard box to lay flat. The easiest thing to do is to paint the entire inside with a foam brush and yellow paint. I did two coats.

Emojis out of cardboard (1)

Use a round object to trace the perfect circle. Try to use as much of the cardboard as possible. Depending on what you are using it for, a large serving bowl works great. This size is ideal for party decorations or a Halloween mask.

Emojis out of cardboard (2)

Use multimedia scissors to cut out the heads.  I Googled the faces and kept them in front of me as I drew. I drew everything in pencil first.  It is easy to erase if you make a mistake and the paint will not rub off.

Laughing Emoji DIY

Use a Sharpie to outline the drawings. You can also use the Sharpie to color in small or narrow parts. Use black paint to paint in the larger features.

Winking Emoji DIY

I used circle punches to make some of the eyes. I also used colored paper to cut out heart eyes, and blue tears for the laughing emoji.

Emojis - Recycled Craft

You can use these for party decorations, photo booth props, or even Halloween masks (just add an elastic strap to the back).

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Hope you try these out. Check out the emoji party favors with printable I made. I will post the party soon!

How to Make Cardboard Emoji Faces - DIY Inspired

Read about our Emoji Pool Party or watch the YouTube video!

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  1. hi, your party looked amazing. we are throwing a party for our school with the same theme. where did you get your emojis for the comments to put with your faces? i’d appreciate your help.

    thanks in advance

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