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founder     The Decorate-A-Smiley Project




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This year NHM is establishing a project that combines visual creative arts with laughter and humor.

Everyone (all ages, schools, etc.) is invited to decorate and embellish a Smiley Face with their own creative expression...artistic, whimsical, symbolic, whatever. The project is also an homage to Harvey Ball, the artist who designed the Smiley Face. World Smile Day is October 5, 2012, but we are starting the ongoing project now!

smiley wall


  1. Start with a smiley face of any size. Make your own, maybe using a paper plate, or start with the 13" diameter Smiley Face cutouts shown in the above examples. You can get them at www.smileystore.com (enter LAUGH in the code for your discount).
  2. Use any media and mixed media for your decoration. Paint, markers, crayons, glue-on objects, decoupage…whatever.
  3. Follow your own sense of humor, whimsy, and instinct, or follow a theme such as happy birthday, I love you, Get Well, Peace, Cheer, I Miss You, Congratulations, any holiday…whatever.
  4. You may submit a digital image of your completed Smiley by clicking here (we'd love to see you in the photo, too).


Decorate-A-Smiley Project support materials created by teachers

SP support materials

Check out our Giggle Gallery for more examples of completed Decorate-A-Smiley projects





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