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How to create a custom festive emoji in Slack

Charlie Courtney
Charlie Courtney
1 December 22 Slack
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Seasons greetings Slack friends!

And welcome to this special, holiday edition of Simply Slack!

As we round off 2022, we'll take a peek inside Santa’s Slack, and show you how to spread some Yuletide cheer to your Slack workspaces by creating your own custom, festive emojis to share with your friends and colleagues!

We might be winding down on another year however, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Slack universe.

So grab a hot cup of cocoa, curl up on the sofa, and read on or watch our quick tutorial on how to create a festive emoji in Slack.

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How to create a festive emoji in Slack

How to create a festive emoji

First things first, if you’re new to creating and adding custom emojis in Slack, then hop in Santa’s sleigh and take a ride on over to the very first blog in our Simply Slack series, How to add and create custom emojis in Slack.

Now that you’ve gotten to grips with the basics, let's take those custom emojis to the next level, and sprinkle them with some festive cheer.

First, you’ll need to create your photo. There are plenty of free photo editing websites that you can use for this however, we recommend using photofunny.

To create your festive emoji photo:

  1. Visit photofunny.
  2. Click ‘Upload image' and select an image you’ve saved locally.
  3. Click ‘Next’.
  4. Click on the Christmas items you want to add to your photo, then simply drag, drop and resize until your happy with the fit.
  5. Once you’re happy with your edits, click ‘Download image’.
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How to add your festive emoji to Slack

Now that you’ve created your custom image, simply follow the same steps you would for adding a regular emoji to Slack:

  1. Open Slack.
  2. Click your workspace name in the top left corner.
  3. Click 'Customize Slack'.
  4. Click 'Add Custom Emoji'.
  5. Upload an image and name it.
  6. Click Save.

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Festive emoji elf

Once you've added your festive emoji, you can search for it by clicking on the emoji icon in your Slack chatbox and typing the name of your emoji into the search bar. Then, simply click on the emoji to start decorating your Slack channels with holiday cheer!

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How to animate your festive emojis

Bring your festive emojis to life, by adding some animated fun into the mix. Maybe you want to give your emoji a special festive dance, or show how excited you are for the upcoming end-of-year celebrations!

Again, there are a number of places you can go and do this, but we recommend heading over

To animate your festive emoji:

  1. Got to
  2. Click ‘Choose file’ and then upload your emoji.
  3. Scroll down and pick your animations to automatically download them.

Then follow the same steps as above to add and share your animated festive emojis in Slack!

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GIF showing animated festive emojis in Slack channel

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Finally, we'd like to thank you for sticking with us through the first year of the Simply Slack series. We've given you so many hints and tips to get the most out of your day-to-day Slack experience, and there are lots more to come in the new year! If you'd like to catch up on past editions from earlier this year, you can do so here.

We want to wish you very happy holidays and hope you have a happy, healthy new year.

See you in 2023 folks!

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Charlie Courtney

Charlie Courtney

Charlie is the Content Marketing Manager for our New Ecosystems Team at Adaptavist, with over eight years of experience in Marketing and Business Development in B2B and B2C. Charlie is responsible for planning, creating and implementing integrated content marketing campaigns to help promote our and Slack products and services.