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Alex Kates
Alex Kates

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How to Animate a Waving Hand Emoji in TailwindCSS

I recently spent time polishing the mobile reponsivness for my personal site,, and I wanted to add a little animation flair to some empty space next to my Hero introduction.

👋 TL;DR 👋

I made the waving hand emoji actually wave using TailwindCSS.
You can find the source code here.
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The majority of the Setup is taken from the TailwindCSS setup guide. The most jarring part is the use of Craco instead of the standard react-scripts.

Scaffold CRA, TailwindCSS and Craco

npx create-react-app waving-hand-tailwind

cd waving-hand-tailwind

npm install -D tailwindcss@npm:@tailwindcss/postcss7-compat postcss@^7 autoprefixer@^9

npm install @craco/craco
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Update package.json

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Configure craco.config.js

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Configure tailwind.config.js

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Include TailwindCSS in index.css

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Create the Wave Animation

Let's break down what is happening here.

We are extending the TailwindCSS configuration in order to bake in a new animation.

The keyframes section defines exactly how the animation transforms during the lifetime of the animation. At 0%, rotate 0 degrees; at 15%, rotate 14 degrees, etc.

Finally, the animation definition for wave to use the wave keyframes, transform for 1.5s, and loop infinitely.

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Update App.js

Lastly, let's add a new span with the hand emoji.

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Start Your App

npm start
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