16 Fun DIYs to Celebrate Your Love for Emojis

We give these DIYs a triple heart-eyes smiley.

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Emojis may be relatively new in the U.S., but they've actually been around for decades, originating in Japan in the late '90s. Creator Shigetaka Kurita observed expressions people made throughout the city with other common objects to make the first 180 emojis that ultimately inspired our system today.

As of 2017, emojis have become their own language. Years ago they may have been used to simply showcase relative emotions, but now they've grown into a more complex communication system by replacing words and phrases. And have you ever felt yourself lost in translation? Just like those misinterpreted texts from friends, that single smiley can be just as difficult to read.

Because we all communicate through emojis every single day, July 17 has been designated World Emoji Day! Celebrate with inspired recipes and DIY projects to tech your communication game to the next level.


Winky Face Lemon Tart

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Carlene Thomas, FoodNetwork.com

Peanut Butter-Cracker Sandwich Smileys

Photo by: Carlene Thomas, FoodNetwork.com

Carlene Thomas, FoodNetwork.com

Poop Emoji Cupcake Cones

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Carlene Thomas, FoodNetwork.com

Learn how to turn food into insanely cute emojis from FoodNetwork.com.

Unicorn Cake Truffles

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Emoji Macarons

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Get the recipe from Food.com.


Emoji Magnets

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Snapchat + Emoji Backpack

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Heart Envelope Emoji Pillow

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Perler Bead Phone Cases

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Crystal Ball Card + Art

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Pizza Emoji

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Snapchat Dog

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Because You're So Obsessed With Pop Culture

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We've got the perfect gifts for Netflix bingers, bibliophiles, grown-up 90s kids and more.

For the Bob Ross Fan

Pay homage to the late Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting with a fun, nostalgic addition to your houseplants. $24; Urban Outfitters

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For the 'Stranger Things' Fan

In this Monopoly game inspired by Stranger Things, Will Byers has gone missing. You and your friends can choose an '80s-inspired token or one "ripped from the Upside Down" to move around the board trying to find him. $24.99; Target

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For the 'Star Wars' Fan

Bring your love of Star Wars into the kitchen with these intergalactic, nylon spatulas. $49.95; Williams-Sonoma

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For the Hip-Hop Fan

Rapper's Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook features 30 recipes inspired by your favorite hip-hop artists like the Wu-Tang Clam Chowder, Public Enemiso Soup and Run DM Sea Bass. It's a true must-have for anyone with a love for cooking, music or illustration. $13; Amazon

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For the Hello Kitty Fan

Mix and match these sweet Hello Kitty studs to show off your love for Miss White. $16; ASOS

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For the 'Outlander' Fan

For the true Outlander fanatic, this hand-pressed t-shirt is a must-have accessory. A method of all-over dye sublimination is used so that 40,000 words of author Diana Gabaldon's original 1991 text cover the entire shirt. $34; Litographs

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For the Beyonce Fan

Channel your inner Queen Bey by adding this shiny, gold desk plaque to your workstation. Maybe it will inspire you to pack just as much power into your day as Beyonce does. $29.99; Modcloth

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For the 'Friends' Fan

Could Monica and Rachel's apartment BE any more perfect? For the design geek who also happens to love these six besties, take a look inside the floorplans of all four apartments. Then ask yourself: How did they afford the rent?! $143 (set of four); Etsy

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For the Peanuts Fan

Sixty-seven years after their debut, the Peanuts gang adds a dose of charm and whimsy to the classic Coach brand with these Snoopy-inspired designs. $85; Macy's

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For the Harry Potter Fan

When you're not defending Dementors, wear this hand-stamped cuff branding your go-to spell when things get dark. Starting at $24.50; Etsy

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For the Meme Fan

Compete with friends and family to create the funniest and most inappropriate memes. $29.99; Amazon

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For the 'Parks and Recreation' Fan

Ben may not get the appeal of Li'l Sebastian, but we do! For the serious Parks and Recreation fan, this Pawnee Harvest Festival t-shirt is a must-have to honor Leslie's hard-working efforts. $22.95; NBC Universal Store

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For the 'Game of Thrones' Fan

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a feast at Winterfell? Now, the mouthwatering dishes from across Westeros can be made in your very own kitchen with A Feast of Ice and Fire. $23.79; Amazon

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For the Classic Nickelodeon Fan

For '90s kids, Nickelodeon shows taught us everything we need to know about life and love. This classic Rugrats sweatshirt will bring back all of your favorite childhood memories. $19.99; Macy's

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For 'The Office' Fan

A true Office fan will recognize these 16 silhouettes in an instant. Starting at $21.67; Redbubble

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For the Handy(wo)man + Comedy Fan

This inside look at actor and comedian Nick Offerman's Los Angeles woodshop will have you making kazoos, mustache combs, bottle openers and more. $22.40 (hardcover); Amazon

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For the Lisa Frank Fan

You may not need a Lisa Frank school folder, but you do need a unicorn sprinkles shaker. Just because. $10; Amazon

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For the 'Saved By the Bell' Fan

Were you and your friends envious of the gangs' summer "working" at the Malibu Sands Beach Club? You can finally grab a souvenir tee and pretend you were lifeguarding on the Pacific Coast and throwing after-hours parties. $27.50; Redbubble

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For the 'Mean Girls' Fan

Poor, Regina. All she wanted to do was lose three measly pounds. (To those unsure, butter is most definitely not a carb.) $18; Etsy

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For the '90s Fan

Bring the '90s back with this retro mug depicting the popular jazz design seen on disposable cups and bowls throughout the decade. $14.99; HUMAN

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