I love the movie Hocus Pocus so I had to make some Hocus Pocus decoration for my front porch. Halloween is the perfect time to bring out your inner Winifred.
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So with my Fibromyalgia, decorating for holidays is kind of rough on my body. I do a few hours at a time and then I have to rest for just about the same amount of time. Using my Cricut for things like this save me a lot of energy and time so it’s quickly become something I can’t live without. Although, I am ashamed I sent my son to school with his book report and he had drawn everything. I didn’t think I’d ever let anything out of the house that wasn’t perfect. That day was also a teaching moment to me that I don’t have to do everything for them and nothing has to be perfect. You just have to be happy. I’m perfectly happy with being imperfect. This year’s front porch for Halloween was no different than other times. I had to do something grand that I love but I also had to pick something that wasn’t going to make me lose my energy. This front door Hocus Pocus decoration is just the right amount of project I can handle.
So you first want to gather all your supplies and open the Cricut Design Space File. You’re going to need three of the blades that the Cricut Maker use. You’ll need the Knife Blade, the single Scoring Wheel and the Fine Point Blade.
How do I cut wood with the Cricut Maker?
To cut wood with your Cricut Maker you will need the Cricut Knife Blade. The blades on the knife blade are really sensitive so it will shatter if you’re not careful. Leave the cap on when it’s not in use to keep it from dulling.
To prepare the wood you’ll need to use some masking tape and a Strong Grip Mat. You want to tape your material to the actual mat because the knife blade makes several passes so that it can slowly build up the pressure between each pass and you don’t want your material to shift.
Each time the Cricut Knife Blade passes, the pressure gets a little firmer so it is essentially working as a Xacto blade would work. You can’t just cut through wood with one pass and expect it not to split.
Load your knife blade into the Adaptive Tool System on your Cricut Maker. Place your piece of basswood on to your Strong Grip Mat and then use some masking tape and tape the edges down. Load it into your machine and select go. The Cricut Maker will take around 12 minutes to do three 4″ circles for your Hocus Pocus Halloween decoration. Use your glitter iron-on and the EasyPress 2 to get your iron-on vinyl to stick to the wood. I used a temp of 340° and I only did about 15 seconds. Any longer than that the wood would start to warp. If the wood warped under my EasyPress, I just flipped it over and pressed for a little bit longer to keep it hot and then placed something heavy on top so it would lay flat.
What kind of glue can I use on Cricut Chipboard?
When you’re wanting to use glue on your Cricut Chipboard you have to choose if you want to use a wet adhesive like Mod Podge or if you want to use a dry adhesive like Xyron. You cannot mix the two on top of each other. When you want to paint chipboard, you want to seal it first. You can seal your Cricut Chipboard with some Mod Podge or spray sealant. Then you’ll paint as usual.
For this project I used the black kraft board and ran those top circles through my Xyron, then on the other side I used some wood glue to adhere it to the wood circles.
How do I assemble a paper fan?
I used this really cute cardstock from My Minds Eye for the paper rosettes. You’ll first put the rosette cardstock on your mat and then load in your scoring wheel. The project will score first and then it will require the fine point blade to cut the shape out. Accordion fold your paper rosettes and then add some scor tape along the ends to connect 3 of your fans together to form the rosette for your Hocus Pocus decoration. Now that you have the fans glued together end-to-end, it’s time to make it pop. Just press on the center of the accordions and your rosette will expand. See here on how easy it is to make a paper rosette. Use the round wooden circle and place some hot glue on the edges and lay it in the middle of your rosette. And now you’re ready to assemble your Hocus Pocus decoration. Use some 2″ wide ribbon and start at the bottom and work upwards. I left about 4″ in between each paper rosette. I used about 48″ at the top and then folded it back over to create a loop.
What is better, the Cricut Explore or the Cricut Maker?
Confession – I have an Explore Air 2 and a Cricut Maker. While I love both, I’m always using the Maker and really only bring out the Air 2 when I’m in a rush and don’t want to wait to finish cutting one project at a time.
I’ve used my Maker since August of 2017 when it was released and I sort of found that I love this machine more than I ever thought I would. The ability to cut basswood and now the scoring wheel can give me crisp and deep score lines has changed my crafting ways in the best way possible.
The force of the Cricut Maker is greater than the Explore and so I feel like my cuts are cleaner and I don’t have to worry about double cutting my images as often.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Another spooky Halloween Cupcake Recipe. Make these kid-friendly Monster Cupcakes and complete your Halloween dessert table like a champ! This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Create these fun Halloween Monster Cupcakes for your next Halloween party or even a Monster birthday party. They’re so fun and look like little furry creatures but these taste good. 😉
Begin by making an easy box cake mix and complete the recipe from the back of the box. Divide batter into a cupcake pan and cook according to directions.
Allow your cupcakes to cool completely before completing the next step.
How to make Halloween Monster Cupcakes
Begin by creaming together your buttercream. You do this by mixing butter, icing sugar, and milk mixing it on medium speed until it is creamy and fluffy. Add in your violet food coloring and mix that in until you get the color you want.
Cut up some marshmallows into smaller pieces. You could use mini marshmallows here but I think that it doesn’t give you the dimension that you’d want. Frost each cupcake with a small amount of buttercream and then add your marshmallows on top.
Grab a piping bag and fit it with your Wilton #233 tip. Fill it with your buttercream and then squeeze it until the bottom of the bag is full and no air pockets are visible. Begin making your Halloween monster cupcake hair. Place eyes randomly on each Halloween monster cupcake and serve.
How do I make the frosting look like fur?
To make the buttercream frosting look like fur, place your piping bag at a 90° angle. Squeeze out a bit of frosting and lift it directly upwards. Continue to do this until all the cake is covered in your fur. This makes the perfect Halloween Monster Cupcake.
Make your Halloween extra spooky with these monster cupcakes. Perfect for a kids Halloween party.
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Violet gel food coloring
Ensure that your cupcakes are cool so that you can start decorating.
Start by making your buttercream: in a stand mixer, start beating butter, sugar and milk on medium speed, gradually increasing it to high. Add a couple of drops of violet gel food coloring and mix until completely tinted.
With an offset spatula, spread some buttercream on top of each cupcake.
Cut your marshmallows into small pieces. Place 2 or 3 on top of each iced cupcake.
Scoop the remaining buttercream into a piping bag and use Wilton tip #233 to frost each cupcake, being sure to cover it completely (the marshmallows are there to create some “hills and valleys”).
Place 2-4 eyes on each cupcake and enjoy your new, furry, purple monster!
Freak out your neighbors or freak out your kids with these Freaky Frankenstein Cupcakes. Make them as gory as you want but these as super cute as is. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
These Frankenstein Cupcakes are perfect for your next Halloween dessert table or just as a super fun kid-friendly Halloween recipe. These Frankenstein cupcakes are so easy and inexpensive to create, it makes for a great Halloween treat. These pairs perfectly with my other Mummy Cupcakes and my Monster Cupcakes (coming soon).
Prepare your cupcakes with just a simple store-bought cake mix and allow your cupcakes to cool completely before adding any decorations. While your Frankenstein cupcakes are in the oven, prepare the topper and frosting.
Melt your green and white Candy Melts together in a microwave-safe bowl. Add in 1 tsp of coconut oil to add some shine. Stir the candies together and then you’ll dip each Frankenstein in the green candy.
When dipping the Rice Krispie Treats in the chocolate, use a skewer to help lessen your mess.
Add the eyes and bolts in his neck right away, then place them in the fridge to set. At this point, prepare your icing with the butter, icing sugar, milk, vanilla and violet food coloring and whip it until it is smooth. Pipe your icing on top of the cooled cupcakes.
Now we’re going to melt the Brown Candy Melts the same way we did the green. Since your Frankenstein cupcake topper is set, you can use your hands for this part. Just dip the top about 1/8 of the way down to create Frankensteins’ hair. Add your ‘smile’ using the black decorating icing and then place them on top of your iced cupcake.
These Frankenstein cupcakes are sure to be a hit. Keep them as is to create a perfect kid-friendly Halloween cupcake or add a little raspberry puree or red decorators icing to create blood. You can make these Frankenstein cupcakes as scary as you’d like.
Chocolate cake mix + the required ingredients as shown on directions
1tspviolet gel food coloring
12ready-made rice cereal treats
½cupgreen candy melts
½cupwhite candy melts
½cupbrown candy melts
48small pieces of black licorice
Black decorating icing
Prepare your chocolate cake mix into cupcakes. Generally, boxes yield 24 cupcakes. Allow to cool before decorating.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter, milk, vanilla extract and violet food coloring on slow speed and gradually increase to high. Once smooth and all ingredients are thoroughly combined, the buttercream is ready. Frost each cupcake generously.
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Cut cereal treats in half and melt green and white candy melts + 1 tsp of coconut oil in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time until completely melted.
Completely immerse each cereal treat into the melted candy and place gently on lined baking sheet. Place 2 eyes for each coated cereal treat and 2 licorice pieces on the side (this will act as Frankenstein’s monster’s bolts). Allow to set.
Melt brown candy and 1 tsp of coconut oil in the microwave (again, in 30-second intervals) and dip the top part of your cereal treat in it. This will act as Frankenstein’s Monster’s hair. Place back on lined sheet and allow to set.
Use black frosting to draw eyebrows and “smile.” Place on top of each cupcake then serve.
Halloween is right around the corner and I can’t wait! I love Halloween but I especially love spooky Halloween food. Create these Mummy Cupcakes to scare everyone at your next Halloween Party. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I love Halloween party food but I especially love when cupcakes are decorated for Halloween. What better way to surprise yourself and scare others by creating these Halloween Mummy Cupcakes all on your own.
To create your Mummy Cupcakes, just make your cake mix as cupcakes following the directions on the box. Allow them to cool so that your frosting won’t melt when you apply it.
While you’re waiting for your cupcakes to cool, cut the marshmallows in half and place them on some wax paper or some cling film sprayed with some non-stick cooking spray.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the candy melts and coconut oil in 30 seconds intervals until it is completely melted. I like to add some extra chips after I’ve melted them in to microwave to give them a tempering. I like to follow the settings on this post.
Pour your Candy Melts into a sandwich bag and drizzle over the marshmallow halves. Add the eyes afterward and allow the chocolate to set.
How to assemble Mummy Cupcakes
After you’ve mixed your buttercream, pipe it onto your cupcakes and add your Mummy on top to make the perfect spooky Halloween cupcakes.
These Mummy Cupcakes are so festive for the holiday and I love that they are perfect companions to my other Halloween cupcakes.
Create the perfect Halloween party food with these scrumptious Mummy Cupcakes
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½cupwhite candy melts
Allow cupcakes to cool and start the decorating process: cut marshmallows in half and set on a working surface lined with wax paper
In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave candy melts and coconut oil in 30-second intervals
Place melted candy in a sandwich bag and cut off a small slit in one corner. Put lines of candy melts on the surface of your marshmallow halves and then place two eyes on each one.
With an electric mixer, mix together butter, confectioners’ sugar and milk on medium speed and gradually increase to high. Once the ingredients are well combined, place in piping bag and frost each cupcake.
To celebrate the new book, Hot Glue: Hacks and Crafts, I’m making the cutest Skeleton Garland. The perfect DIY Halloween Garland.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.\
I love quick and easy Halloween crafts. One of my favorite projects are these Pumpkin Pillow Boxes that I made for Craft Lightning last year. See how easy it is to create this inexpensive Halloween garland using items from the dollar store.
You’re going to begin by cutting your mini party hats for the Halloween garland. Just print off the party hat template above or if you have a Cricut, use the Cricut Design Space File already made for you. (It got crunched in the process so don’t cut the lines that squiggle ;))
How to fold a cone party hat –
To fold a cone-shaped party hat, you’re going to want to start by rolling the edges on a pencil just to get it in the rounded shape. I just rolled each side with a pen I had on hand and then I placed a small dot of hot glue on to the tab. Fold over your party hat by matching the pointed end first. Then align the bottom while the glue is still warm. Place a bead of glue on the inside of your mini party hat and add the Halloween Tinsel to it. I cut the tinsel into 3″ sections and just stuffed it in the party cone. Trim any excess if you’d like. Add a large amount of the hot glue to your skeleton’s head and then place their mini party cone hat on top. Give your skeleton a haircut if he needs it. You’re going to do this to all of your skeletons.
You can run your twine through the ribcage of your mini skeletons or add it and wrap it around each of the skeletons necks. You may have to also use some hot glue to get the skeletons to stay where you’d like them as you’re hanging them.
Where can I find these Halloween Garland Supplies?
I found all of the tinsel and the skeletons at the dollar store. My paper is from My Mind’s Eye but they’re sold out and I don’t want to point you in that direction. Just your local scrapbooking store or even a Joann or Michaels will work great. I linked all the supplies above to Amazon so that you can find these easily online.
That’s it! So easy and such a fun DIY Halloween garland and it’ll be a classic to have around for years.
Making this DIY Fall T-Shirt is easier than you could ever imagine. Use the pumpkin SVG file to make your own at home. Plus see how the three of us took the same pumpkin SVG and made it our own. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I’ve teamed up with Everyday Party Magazine and Pineapple Paper Co. to show you guys the easiest way to use one pumpkin SVG file and create three different projects. We all use a Cricut but this can easily be used with any craft cutting machine.
To begin, head on over to this shop and purchase your pumpkin SVG file. The top and the bottom are separated at the stem so that you can make it two different colors. I wanted it all solid so I welded the shape and then cut out my whole pumpkin.
How do I mirror an image in Cricut Design Space?
Whenever you’re cutting Iron-On Vinyl or HTV, you want to be sure and mirror your image before you cut. When you use Cricut Design Space to mirror your image, you will be taken to the mat preview screen. You can just slide the indicator over to choose what you want your image reversed.
If you pressed go before you have mirrored it but not yet cut it, you can select the edit button in the lower right-hand side of the mat and then mirror it on that screen
If you forget to mirror your image and you’ve already cut your vinyl, it is ruined. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. You’re going to have your letters turn out backward and no one wants that.
I have wasted a lot of product because I have forgotten to mirror my image. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.
What weeding tools will I need?
A weeding tool is something that is going to remove the negative image from your carrier sheet. Leave whatever part of the image you want on your DIY Fall T-Shirt on the carrier sheet. If a piece happens to fall off, you can stick it back on but save that for the end.
You’ll need something that is sharp and that most likely has a hook. I like to use a spare piece of transfer tape to collect my HTV scraps. I like the Cricut Weeding Tool Set because it has everything you’ll ever need. If you don’t want to buy all of them, just buy the one weeding tool that is packaged separately.
Some people use safety pins and others prefer the tools. I think the weeding tool is something important to have because you’ll use it a lot more than just removing vinyl.
How do I attach my pumpkin SVG to my T-Shirt?
I like to use my EasyPress whenever I am pressing HTV to any surface. A lot of people use heat presses which you can find at a similar cost to the EasyPress. I use the EasyPress because I have zero room in my home to store an industrial heat press.
When using any heating object, always have a cushion of some sort underneath your material. If you use a heat press, that is all in your machine but if you use an EasyPress, I highly recommend getting the EasyPress Mat.
Follow all manufacturers instructions on time and temperature when you’re pressing your pumpkin SVG to your DIY Fall T-Shirt. Pay attention to the material of your shirt and what they recommend for that too. Some Iron-On Vinyl will have a high temp but your material won’t handle it. With cotton blend shirts, Cricut recommends 305ºF for 25-30 seconds for their Everyday Iron-On Vinyl.
Women of any age suffer from the dreaded whiskers. Grab her some electronic tweezers and this fun facial hair printable and gift her something useful.This post contains affiliate links. Just like any printable I offer on my site, this is for personal use only.
I don’t know a woman who doesn’t deal with whiskers or full-blown chin hair. If you don’t, then I don’t know what kind of witch-craft you’re doing but teach me your ways! It’s always a fun joke in our family and so one day at Ulta, I found this electronic tweezers that has six that spin around and grab them. It works awesome so I had to get my mom and sister-in-law one ASAP.I couldn’t just hand it over. That’s not my style. I had to make a cute little print to go with it. One of the witches faces even have two little whiskers on it. It’s only on one of the witches faces by mistake but it’s actually pretty cute so I’ll leave it to you to decide which one you want.
Easy enough, just print off the printable and cut it into the 4.25×5.5″ rectangle. Punch a hole in the corner and attach it to the box with some twine. I looped my twine a lot of times and so it looks like hair. Just a play on words. Give it to the hairy women in your life and laugh about it. There is always wax and someone is always coming up with great inventions like this to help women like us.
I love the thought of giving something like this for Halloween. Who knows, I may make one for men one of these days but I know hairy chins don’t bother them as much.
I love cashew chocolate clusters but it’s even easier in your Crock Pot. Make this delicious white chocolate cashew Halloween crock pot candy today!This post may contain affiliate links.
This recipe was so easy. We’ve all seen Crock Pot candy but this is a new twist on it. I’m so excited to be joining the ladies at Simple Simon for their Slow Cooker Spooktacular series. Head to the bottom of the post to find out how you can win one of your very own!Supplies
First, place your whole cashews in the Crock Pot. Then place the white almond bark on top. Then add your bag of white chocolate chips. Don’t stir just yet! Place your Crock Pot on low and cook it for about an hour. After an hour, go ahead and give it and stir. Some people will say to let it go for another hour but that burnt mine the first time. Just stir it until the chocolate is melted after that first initial hour and then scoop them.
Use an ice scream scoop or just two spoons and place it on some parchment paper to set.
While your chocolate is still warm, sprinkle your Halloween sprinkles on top. I created these fun candy boxes with my Cricut Maker and here is the link to the Design Space file if you want led to make your own on any Cricut. The paper is from My Minds Eye. My word of advice and something I learned the hard way ?, line your Crock Pot with some cling film or place something as a barrier if you have a hot spot. My hot spot is on one particular side about 2” up. I burned the candy that was in that area but I was also able to salvage a lot of it too.
This recipe can be customized for any holiday but Halloween is one of my favorites. It’s perfect as fall neighbor gifts or add Christmas sprinkles and pass them out then. Head here to Simple Simon to win your very own slow cooker. Good luck!