DIY Halloween Mantle Decor : Paper Hats in a Shadow Box

This DIY Halloween Mantle Decor was created in part with Lisa Kettell Designs, Fuji Film and AC Moore. As I’m a proud part of the Hello Lisa design team, I was sent a box filled with crafting goodies and was asked to get a little creative and put together a fun Halloween DIY using the shadow box from AC Moore and fun vintage prints from Fuji Film.

 These DIY Halloween Paper Party Hats are so cute lined up in this Halloween Shadow Box with a Spooky sequin iron-on transfer. See how to create this Halloween Mantle Decor with satin ribbon and a photo art print on Giggle Hearts www.gigglehearts.com #halloweendecorations #halloween #halloweencrafts #diycrafts #halloweendecor #partyhats

My idea was to create a sparkly Spooky Halloween Shadow Box with Paper Hats topped with pom poms. I’m also sharing another fun way to showcase the paper hats around a framed art print at the end of this post so be sure to scroll down to see it.

 Gather up these supplies and in less than an hour you will have the cutest Halloween Mantle Decor to DIY for yourself or a Halloween gift. Click to see the entire Halloween DIY Craft on Giggle Hearts #halloween #halloweencrafts #diycrafts #shadowbox #halloween

Now, it’s time to gather up these halloween crafting supplies and in less than an hour (minus the drying time of the painted shadow box) you will have the cutest Halloween Mantle Decor to DIY for yourself or a Halloween gift.

Crafting Supplies Needed:

  • dark shadows paper pad

  • sequin spooky iron-on-transfer

  • wooden shadow box (this one is 8” square)

  • halloween photo prints on Fuji Film paper

  • DecoArt Americana acrylic paint in black

  • Trick or Treat satin ribbon

  • Hot Glue Gun

Extra supplies if you wish:

  • yarn to make pom poms or you can purchase them pre-made

  • orange glitter

  • crafting glue

 This spooky sequin lettering is a fun detail in this DIY Halloween Shadow Box. See how to create this Halloween Mantle Decor on Giggle Hearts www.gigglehearts.com #halloweendecorations #halloween #halloweencrafts #diycrafts #halloweendecor #partyhats
 These DIY Halloween Paper Party Hats are so cute in this Halloween Shadow Box and topped with pom poms. See how to create this Halloween Mantle Decor on Giggle Hearts www.gigglehearts.com #halloweendecorations #halloween #halloweencrafts #diycrafts #halloweendecor #partyhats

How to Create the DIY Halloween Mantle Decor . . .

You will want to first paint your shadow box with the black paint. I prefer to use foam brushes for this type of project. I only needed one coat of paint to cover this shadowbox.

Then you will want to trim the satin ribbon to fit along the outer edges of the frame and hot glue in place.

Then with glue dots or craft glue, you can adhere the sequin iron-on transfer to the back of the shadow box. You can also attach your preferred photo print here too.

How to create the paper party hats is continued below . . .

 These DIY Halloween Paper Party Hats are so cute lined up in this Halloween Shadow Box with a Spooky sequin iron-on transfer. See how to create this Halloween Mantle Decor on Giggle Hearts www.gigglehearts.com #halloweendecorations #halloween #halloweencrafts #diycrafts #halloweendecor #partyhats

To create the Halloween Paper Party Hats . . .

I used a template I found online for the hats and resized to fit onto the 6” square paper. If you’d like a printable template, simple message me and I will create it for you.

Then choose your favorite paper from the paper pad and trace the template onto it. Cut and then roll into a cone shape. Adhere with the hot glue. (PS: for the pumpkin hat, I hand-colored the pumpkins with colored pencil before creating the hat)

I made pom poms with the yarn, but if you prefer to save even more time, you can simply purchase pre-made pom poms. Attach to the tops of the hats with hot glue.

This step is not necessary, but I have a thing for glitter and confetti, so I added craft glue along the bottom edge of the hats and sprinkled on orange glitter.

Now that the hats are finished, you can simply set them into the bottom of the shadowbox and it’s time to display your Halloween Mantle Decor for all to see.

 DIY Halloween Paper Party Hats are the perfect Halloween Decoration accent and look super cute next to framed Holiday Art Prints. See how to create these Halloween Hats on Giggle Hearts www.gigglehearts.com #halloweendecorations #halloween #halloweencrafts #diycrafts #halloweendecor #partyhats

Lastly, here’s another super fun way to showcase even more Halloween party hats on your mantle. You can frame extras of your favorite Halloween Fuji Film prints and scatter some party hats around them - either on your mantle or a favorite shelf.

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 Find out how to create these DIY Halloween Paper Party Hats for your Halloween Decorations. This cute Halloween Shadow Box is perfect for your Halloween Mantle Decor. See more on Giggle Hearts www.gigglehearts.com #halloweendecorations #halloween #halloweencrafts #diycrafts #halloweendecor

DIY Confetti Globe: a Cute + Easy Oh Deer Baby Shower Party Favor

Welcome to the Virtual Baby Shower celebrating the upcoming arrival of a sweet little girl for Laura of Make Life Lovely. And, I want to say a big hello to those that are coming over from Annaliese's DIY on Creating a Lollipop Onesie Bouquet on Made of Sugar and Spice - the previous stop in the virtual baby shower celebration.

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For my congratulations to Laura - I like to say "Oh Deer, She's Almost Here" with a cute and easy Oh Deer Baby Shower Party Favor DIY. Are you ready? Let's gather our short list of supplies and start creating a Confetti Globe that your party guests will love.

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Supply List for DIY Confetti Globe:
. . . an Oh Deer Baby Shower Party Favor

1. Confetti from Festive Fetti
2. Deer Gift Tag Set from Festive Fetti
3. Mason Jars (these were a 3 pack at Target in the dollar section)
4. Mini Plastic Deers from Treasured Florals (I used a string of mini pearls for a necklace)
5. Mini Bottlebrush Trees (these were from Peachy Cheap)
6. Hot Glue Gun
7. Glue for the label (I used my Xyron Creative Station adhesive - but a glue stick works too)

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Now, let's start crafting to celebrate the sweet little one with these cute and easy party favors

Simply hot glue in the deer and bottlebrush tree to the inside base of the glass jar. Then sprinkle in some confetti (this is my pink ombre confetti mix which is perfect for girl baby showers). The deer labels are available in my shop and I added adhesive to the back side and it fit perfectly atop the jar lid. Wouldn't these confetti globes look super sweet set out at each place setting for the guests?

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Wasn't that a fun and easy DIY for a baby shower party favor? The sweet little deer with her pearl necklace makes me smile. Please join me in the comments to leave Laura some happy baby wishes and then head on over to the next stop on the Virtual Baby Shower.

The next stop in the Virtual Baby Shower is with Bri of Half Pint Design who is sharing a super cute baby milestone blanket for your monthly photo backdrops. You can see links to all the Baby Shower hosts below for lots of amazing party ideas and crafty inspiration.

 It's a Virtual Baby Shower in honor of Laura from Make It Lovely - come see all the pretty baby shower DIYs and party inspiration from our Party Bloggers
To visit all of the amazing hosts and their projects for our virtual baby shower, visit each one by clicking the links below:

DIY Confetti Ornaments for Place Cards and Favors

When it comes to holidays and gift giving, I love being able to create something that can serve as a fun place card at the table setting, but also a take-home favor (holiday gift) for the guests.

These DIY Confetti Ornaments are not only festive when filled with my Festive Fetti in your favorite color combo, but they can be personalized with stickers and hand-writing the guests name on in permanent marker or paint pen. The clear ornaments can be found at local craft shops and even in the Target dollar spot during the holiday season.

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I loved how Susan of Shop Sugar Parties LA took the idea from my Instagram post and re-created it with my holiday Festive Fetti tucked inside for a Santa-saurus ornament for her son's classroom tree.

 Your boys will squeal with delight having their very own Dinosaur Christmas Ornament like this one. It's a DIY confetti ornament filled with Festive Fetti. Click to see how to create your very own personalized ornaments for your kids on Christmas. As seen on Giggle Hearts www.gigglehearts.com

And, don't forget - the adults can have their very own Confetti Ornaments too.

Simply choose your favorite Festive Fetti confetti mix that matches your holiday party, bridal shower, wedding, even baby shower, or any other party you have planned - add in the confetti and personalize with the guests name. It's a party favor and gift they will treasure. A fun presentation idea is to place the ornament on top of their drinking glass or on the napkin draped over their plate.

 Celebrate your next holiday party, bridal shower, wedding or baby shower with a DIY Confetti Ornament that your party guests will love. Write your guests name on the ornament for a place card that becomes the take home party favor and gift. Click to see how to create your very own personalized DIY Confetti ornaments for your festive parties. As seen on Giggle Hearts www.gigglehearts.com

Last Minute Ideas for DIY Halloween Printables

Can you believe Halloween is so quickly approaching? Are you still looking for some last minute ideas to create some fun DIY Halloween Printables?

Today, I’ve rounded up some great Halloween themed illustrations and fonts for creating those super fun Halloween DIY designs. Maybe it’s to surprise your kids with. Maybe it’s too tell someone they’ve been “booed” as happened to us yesterday afternoon and my kids were giddy with excitement over the surprises they received. Maybe you’re a homeroom mom {like I am} and need some cute illustrations to dress up the goodie bags with. Or, to add a little fun to the games you’ll be playing in the classroom.

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No matter what last minute Halloween DIY you need to create - you’re going to love these Halloween themed illustrations and fonts.

This Autumn and Halloween Mega Bundle is just $19 and available for one more week. This set includes a variety of Autumn and Halloween themed goodies from super sweet to ultra spooky. Here's a preview of just 3 of the bundles included. {ps: just two of these collections purchased separately elsewhere will cost you $28}

Are you looking for even more Halloween DIY’s? You might also like these posts . . .

Free Halloween Party Invitation Printable
DIY Candy Corn Garland
DIY Halloween Tissue & Pom Pom Ghosts
Printable Chevron Halloween Pinwheels

This collection features a super fun Halloween font that’s perfect for cards, prints, logos and more. There’s even hand-drawn elements in the collection for creating seamless patterns and cards.

Free Printable : Floral "Happy Spring" to Celebrate the New Season + More Downloadable Flowers for your very own DIY Designs

Today's post features a printable from the archives and since it's officially Spring, I had to bring it back to share with all my new readers. This "Happy Spring" printable was created as an 8x10 for easy framing but you can definitely cut out the flowers and attach them to toothpicks for cupcake toppers or you might want to string them together to make a fun garland. If you download this free Groovy Flowers "Happy Spring" Printable, please do share and tag me online at @gigglehearts as I'd love to see what you make with the flowers. See below for even more pretty flowers that you can add to your own design library to create your very own party invitations, wedding invitations, handmade craft items, scrapbooking pages, printed paper items and more.

 Gorgeous   Bundle of Watercolor Flowers   for DIY for party invitations, wedding invitations, handmade craft items, scrapbooking, printed paper items and more   {buy now}

Gorgeous Bundle of Watercolor Flowers for DIY for party invitations, wedding invitations, handmade craft items, scrapbooking, printed paper items and more {buy now}

 A wonderful   collection of beautiful spring elements   for your cards, patterns, invitations or anything your imagination dreams up   {buy now}

A wonderful collection of beautiful spring elements for your cards, patterns, invitations or anything your imagination dreams up {buy now}

Want to find more spring flower illustrations for your designs - come shop Creative Market.

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DIY Mini Fiesta Boxes to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

With tomorrow being Cinco de Mayo I wanted to share a cute and easy DIY with you to serve your chips in. You can find templates for petal favor boxes online and once you have several printed, cut and put together, you're ready for the fun part . . . decorating them!

Supplies Needed:
cardstock
petal favor box template of choice
crepe paper in your color choices
glue stick
acrylic paint
paintbrushes

PS: If using these boxes to serve food - simply line with wax paper :)

Instructions for Creating:
Trim your crepe paper to wrap around the box with a little extra for gluing. Being sure to overlap the layers as you work your way up. For fun - I painted both sides of the petal flaps with colors that matched the crepe paper.

When finished, you have the cutest little "take-out boxes" for your fiestas {parties}. These boxes are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, taco bars or just fun taco dinners with the family.

Bedazzled Sock Bunnies : a Super Fun DIY Kid Craft

Easter may be over, but I just have to share this Sock Bunny DIY with you that I found from A Pumpkin and a Princess. These DIY Sock Bunnies are the cutest and my daughter LOVED making them with me. I of course was the only one in charge of the hot glue gun but it was completely all my daughter's idea to "bedazzle" them as she said. She wanted the girl bunnies to have earrings, a fancy flower clip and each bunny received a special flower rhinestone under their bow. I used rice for the bottom part of the body so they could sit up-right and then a styrofoam ball for their head. The purple one has braces as that was my daughter's. She also gave the bunnies eyelashes {girls}, eyebrows {boys} and whiskers. Don't they make you smile?

Mini Paper Doily Cones for Valentine's Day

Anything in miniature form gets me every time. And, these super cute mini doily cones are definitely one of them. They are super easy to make and I used the paper doilies that are 3 1/2" in diameter and simply adhered them together with clear gift wrap tape after forming the cone shape.

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I filled them with Gimbal's Cinnamon Lovers heart shaped chewy candy but you can easily use any candy you like or maybe even paper heart confetti from my shop. See the end of this post for the quick and easy 4 step process to creating your cute little doily cones. Wouldn't these candy filled cones look adorable placed in the center of each plate with their contents spilling out, ready to be snatched up? PS: for those that might be wondering Gimbal's Cinnamon Lovers candy is made with real cinnamon oil and no high fructose corn syrup. They are also peanut free, tree nut free, dairy free, gluten free, soy free and egg free.

This fun Valentine's Day Confetti Mix from my shop would be super fun filled in the doily cones.

** While I received Gimbal's candies to create this post, all opinions and ideas are my own.

Cute and Free Printable Valentine's Day Paper Dolls

I used to LOVE paper dolls when I was younger and there's some cute ones available for download just in time for Valentine's Day. Here's just a few of them including a few sets from old issues of Good Housekeeping and the sweetest little Love Bug Paper Doll Girl from The Snugglebug University - created as part of The Snugglebug Project. This was started by Jill in an attempt to encourage storytelling. Here's how she explains it and I think it is brilliant!

I basically let my kids create a character—they fill out all the major details about what the character enjoys and looks like—and then I draw them up a paper doll. I give them an outlined version that they can color in, and I color one as well (alongside them). My older daughter really loved these exercises, and feels a really strong connection with the characters she has created.
— Jill of the Snugglebug University

Love Bug Paper Doll from The Snugglebug Project / as seen on www.GiggleHearts.com

Printable Vintage Valentine Paper Doll Card from Skip to My Lou / as seen on www.GiggleHearts.com

Vintage Paper Dolls circa 1952 / as seen on www.GiggleHearts.com

Kiwi Crate and a Printable Desktop Calendar for Kids to Color

Have you heard of Kiwi Crate? It's a monthly subscription service that lets you and your kids create and learn every month starting at $16.95/month. I love what they offer for kids each month between the ages of 4-8. They also now have Koala Crate {for kids 3-4}, Tinker Crate {for kids 9-14+}, and Doodle Crate {for kids 9-16+}. PS: there's a current promo running where you can save 25% off the first month of any of their lines.

Something cute and free from Kiwi Crate is their printable desk calendar that you can download, print and cut along the dotted lines and then have your kid{s} color the illustrations each month. You can even turn an old plastic CD case into a holder for the calendar. Simply visit their site, then click on "DIY Ideas", then "Free Printables" in the left column. You will see the CD Desk Calendar Printables link there.

 Free Calendar Printable from Kiwi Crate that can be printed and colored by your kids / as seen on www.GiggleHearts.com