Incredibly Easy DIY Unicorn Lanterns

I started feeling a little crafty while working on my latest Tuesday Trends article (spoiler alert: it’s unicorns lol). I love good dollar store hacks and these paper lanterns are just that. Not only are they inexpensive, but they only took minutes to make!

All you need is:

  • White or pale colored paper lantern
  • Markers
  • Craft paper
  • Assorted fake flowers

Unicorn party supplies

First, draw some simple lashes on your unicorn.

Unicorn party crafts

Make some unicorn ears and a horn out of craft paper.

unicorn horn

Attach those with a hot glue gun. I glued the horn to the opening of the lantern and made two little folded tabs on the back of the ears to help keep them in place.

Once those are done, add your flowers. Voila!

Unicorn lantern

Simple. Cheap. Quick.

I hope you enjoy your unicorn lanterns!

Love + Whimsy,

Sarah

DIY Unicorn Party Lantern

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DIY Dreamcatcher Decor

Dollar store DIY for beautiful dreamcatcher decor2

After looking at the cost of big craft hoops, I decided to make dreamcatchers using hula hoops from the dollar store for the Dream Big party. My local dollar stores only carry hula hoops during the spring but they are great for crafting so I always pick up several.

Dollar store hula hoops

All you need to create these are:

  • hula hoops (various sizes)
  • beads (ones with larger holes work best, but you can use regular thread to attach beads and feathers)
  • yarn
  • feathers

Dreamcatcher craft

This video gives concise instructions on how to weave the inside of the dreamcatcher. I didn’t bother wrapping the yarn around the hoop because I wanted the colorful hoop to show through. After you weave the inside, simply attach feathers and beads to finish the look. Voila! Now you have large dreamcatchers without spending a fortune!

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher decor

Huge dreamcatcher

How to Make Blessing Stones for Party Favors

Blessingstones

For the Dream Big party I crafted lots of musical toys and dancing ribbons for the little ones to take home, but I wanted a gift to give our adult guests too. I wanted to make something meaningful that fit with the theme. I’ve been seeing communities participating in finding and hiding painted rocks around town and I have always loved the idea.

Of course, this was another one of my dollar store DIY projects. I found smooth rocks in the floral section and painted them with white spray paint.

Blessingstonesupplies

After the rocks were painted I wrote inspirational dream-related sayings and doodled on them before sealing them with Mod Podge sealer. I absolutely loved making these and they turned out beautifully.

Blessing stones

Party favors

Dream Big Party

For my son’s first birthday I wanted a unique theme that I could really great creative with. Because he is a Gemini, I started thinking about air, movement, and all things “flowy”.

Clouds, dreams, and feathers came to mind and I settled on the theme “Dream Big, Little Man”. See how I made the dreamcatchers here and the blessing stones here. I’d love to see your take on this theme. Please share your photos with me 🙂

Feather cookies

Hand-painted feather cookies

Hand crafted toys

Music makers, dancing ribbons, and bubbles for play

Dreamcatcher decor

Huge dreamcatcher

Dreamy tent

A shady play area by the pool

Blessing stones

Blessing stones for party favors

Comfy seating

Low table surrounded by pillows made it easy for parents and little ones to eat

Dream-themed foods

Gold-dipped shortbread, chocolate sugar cookies, and cupcakes

Floating cloud balloons

Helium filled balloon clusters to resemble “clouds”

Cloud balloons

Floating clouds

Dreamcatcher smash cake

Dreamcatcher smash cake

Dream party food table

A delicious assortment of foods that both the parents and kids loved!

Charcuterie

Charcuterie with dried fruits and dark chocolate

Charcuterie board

Charcuterie and cheese board

Let's eat!

Let’s eat!

Hand-painted party favors

Hand-painted party favors

Party favors

Thank you to our guests

Let's play!

Music makers, dancing ribbons, and bubbles for play

Handcrafted dancing ribbons

Crafted toys for the kids to play with

Dreamcatcher beads

Dreamcatcher beads

Feather-shaped cookies

Delicious feather-shaped cookies

Dancing ribbons and musical toys

More crafty play things

Poolside play area

Inside the play area

Dream party food spread

Yum!

Salad and nibbles

Strawberry and goat cheese salad with roasted peas

Dream Big invitations