5 Easy Halloween Crafts to Make with your Kids

When it comes to Halloween {and the fall season}, it's always super fun to get involved in a few DIY Halloween Craft Projects that you can create with your kids.

Today, I'm thrilled to be joining the 2017 Fall Party Hop with an outstanding group of amazing blogs and the talented ladies behind them. Let's get started . . .

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5 Easy and Fun Halloween Crafts you can make with your kids

1. DIY Painted Acorn Pumpkins

It's time to head outside with your kids and gather a basket of acorns. Then come inside for a fun afternoon of painting. Click Here to see the full Painted Acorn Pumpkin DIY.

2. Printable Halloween Pinwheels

These printable pinwheels are so fun with the spiders in the center. They're an easy download and make such a fun addition to a jar of Halloween Sweets. Click Here to see the diy on How to Create Halloween Pinwheels.

3. Printable Halloween Party Invitation

This Halloween party invitation is made extra special with the added glitter paint on the spider web. Surprise your guests with a handmade invitation. Click Here to download your Printable Halloween Party Invitation.

4. DIY Candy Corn Garland with Paper Doilies

This is the fun way to display candy corn without the calories and cavities. Simply grab some paper doilies, acrylic paint and scissors. Click Here to see the full Candy Corn Garland DIY with a little video.

5. Halloween Feather Boa Wreath

Kids will love helping you wrap this wreath with the black feather boas {and little girls will love it even more after Halloween when they get to wear the flower clips in their hair}. Click Here to see the diy on How to Create a Feather Boa Halloween Wreath.

Now, it's time for more Fall Fun - please head on over to Lori's blog - Giggle Home Furnishings where she shares her love of entertaining, decorating & repurposing vintage finds. Today, she's sharing her wonderful fall inspired outdoor celebration

Let's Get Your Craft Flower Stash Started

I am a huge fan of fabric flowers - and with two young girls, I have a huge stash of them ready to be turned into hair clips and headbands this summer. These flower packs from Sunshine Shoppe Supply on Jane are a great way to try a variety of different flowers in the same color scheme at an amazing price. Each pack is only $4.99 - an amazing steal. You can choose from many different packs with 12 flowers in each pack. There's an assortment of textures, color hues and sizes. What will you make with your craft flower stash?

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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.

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

Ring in the New Year with these DIY Glitter Star Wands

If you are looking for a fun DIY to make with your kids to ring in the New Year with, these Glitter Star Wands are the perfect craft to make together. You likely have all the items that are needed on hand and I highly suggest adding clear nail polish to the wands after the glitter has been added and the glue has dried. I do this to all of my daughter's glittery headbands and toys that are sparkly. Seeing loose glitter around the house and on the girl's faces drives me crazy. The full tutorial for these glitter wands can be found on Hello Wonderful.

DIY Glitter Star Wands for Ringing in the New Year / as seen on Hello Wonderful / shared on www.GiggleHearts.com

Unique Ideas for DIY Pumpkins : as Featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine

I've been smiling all weekend as a craft I created was featured on the site of a top women's magazine - one that has been around for over 125 years!

I'm super excited to share that my Painted Acorn Pumpkins
craft project has been featured on Good Housekeeping.

Last week Good Housekeeping featured 10 Everyday Things That Make Adorable Pumpkins. You can see a snapshot of the feature below and here's the direct link to view the feature.

PS: My Acorn Pumpkins were also featured on Craftionary in their round-up post on DIY Acorn Crafts :)

Using Bubbles to Create Art Prints : as seen in "101 Kids Activities' Book

My older daughter who will be turning 8 in three months still loves bubbles and now my youngest who is 23 months loves when I blow bubbles. With both of them lately, the bigger I can make them, the more they love it. I'm told to make another big one and then the little one loves to poke it with her finger. Makes me smile every time. Well, now there's something new you can do with bubbles and Holly Homer and Rachel Miller of KidsActivitiesBlog.com are here to share one of their fun craft activities with us. They have recently released a book that will make the saying "I'm bored" be a thing of the past. The book, 101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestest, Funnest Ever has 101 activities inside that will keep children of all ages busy with activities that use common, everyday household items. Today's project is called Bubble Prints and here's the craft recipe to create it with your child(ren).
DIY Kids Craft : How to Create Bubble Art Prints : complete recipe on www.GiggleHearts.com

Bubble Prints

Materials (to make one bubble shooter)
• 9 to 12 drinking straws
• Rubber band
• Broad plastic cup
• Multiple sheets of paper

Bubble Solution (to make about 1 1/2 cups [360 ml] bubble solution)
• 1 cup (235 ml) water
• 1/3 cup (80 ml) not concentrated liquid dish detergent (if concentrated, use slightly less)
• 3 tablespoons (45 ml) corn syrup
• 10 to 15 drops food coloring

It is best to stir the ingredients to mix them, not shake. Let it sit overnight for the best results. We split our recipe into multiple baby food jars and then added food dye for our printing craft.

Grab a handful of straws and secure them together with a rubber band. We found that five or six straws worked best.

Dip one end into the bubble solution placed into a plastic cup broad enough to accommodate the straw bundle. Blow lots of bubbles!

Hold the end of the shooter over a piece of paper and see what happens on the paper as the colored bubbles pop. Let dry.

Modifications for Younger Kids
Instead of using dish detergent to create the bubbles, make them pain-free by using tear-free baby wash. This way, if your child gets a bubble in an eye it won’t sting.

Younger kids who might inhale with the straw in their mouth vs. exhale should continue to use a bubble wand until the coordination is mastered. No one wants a mouthful of bubbles!

Modifications for Older Kids
Cut the bottom off a water bottle. Put a dish rag over the opening and use a rubber band to secure that to the bottle. Dip the rag into the bubble juice and blow on the “mouth” of the bottle. The result should be a “snake” of bubbles.

Use your bubble-printed paper to write a card to a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a long time - you can also use bubble prints on butcher paper to create your own wrapping paper for gifts.