10 Great DIY Ideas to Bring a Smile to Your Face for World Smile Day
Harvey Ball, the creator of the smiley face, started World Smile Day in 1999. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate World Smile Day.
Put Together Planters
Harvey Ball created the smiley face (no, Forrest Gump didn’t really facilitate him by stepping in a puddle of mud on his cross-country run) that’s now ubiquitous across the globe in 1963 and started the first World Smile Day in 1999 because he grew concerned the original intention of the smiley face had diminished.
Smile at the Sound of a Water Fountain
The smiley face was intended to be non-political, have no geography and have no religion.
Dress up an old Planter
Ball produced the smiley face design for State Mutual Life Assurance Company after it purchased Guarantee Mutual Company of Ohio in a merger. Employee morale drained and Ball was hired to come up with an image to boost morale. He got paid $45 for his work. Ball never applied for a trademark or copyright for the smiley face design.
You can do each of these projects for far less than $45.
Make Smiles out of Hardware
World Smile Day raises money for the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, which supports children’s causes.
Photo: Courtesy of Werner Schnell