This Hocus Pocus porch decor has been my favorite Halloween project to date, well, it’s a close second with my Maui costume for Malakai, but it’s still awesome. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
So for years, I’ve had the same outdoor Halloween decorations and I needed a change. I’ve made myself (yes, myself and not my kids) a Hocus Pocus themed porchscape for Halloween.
I love the movie and since they’re celebrating 25 years since it’s release, I figured it was about time I treated myself. The Hocus Pocus Spellbook has always been one of the creepier parts of the movie so I wanted to turn the book into my doormat so that I can step on his eye anytime I want.
Grab this Hocus Pocus Spellbook clipart here. Just upload it into your Cricut or other electronic cutter and cut the freezer paper. The images will need to be sliced because you can’t fit all of this onto any mat so just be aware of that process you’ll have to do. I used Cricut stencil vinyl and I don’t recommend it. I don’t recommend stencil vinyl for fibrous material because it won’t adhere. I recommend using freezer paper to make your homemade doormat.
After the freezer paper stencil for your homemade doormat has been placed, use some spray paint to get the areas exposed and leave to dry. After it has dried, take the same brown and just dust over the corners. I did use some gold spray paint in some areas just to help give it the aged look that the actual Hocus Pocus spellbook has. Add it to your front porch for the perfect Hocus Pocus Halloween decoration addition to your front door. Learn how to make the Halloween banner below.
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.
Celebrate the release of Christopher Robin by creating these easy Winnie The Pooh cupcakes. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I grew up watching Winnie the Pooh and Piglet was always my favorite character. Next to Piglet, Pooh was a close second. I cannot wait to see the new Christopher Robin movie that will be released on August 3, 2018. I’ll be a mother of a 13-year-old by that point so the movie will be a good way for me to release tears.
Making these Winnie the Pooh cupcakes was incredibly easy. I like to use some brown cupcake liners. These ones I’ve linked to above are especially great because they don’t leave any grease marks. You can also use the red ones I made them in. Make sure they are lined by a foil liner so that the grease doesn’t seep out.Just use your favorite chocolate cupcakes. You can use store-bought or make some using your favorite mix. Just double the ingredients for the fondant toppers below to make enough for one chocolate cake mix box.
Frost your cupcakes with the buttercream. You can also buy store-bought frosting and perhaps even color it yellow to match the yellow fondant.
Roll out your yellow fondant and cut them into 2″ circles. Roll small balls of the yellow fondant for his ears and a larger ball for his nose. To get your ears to stick to the face, brush a light amount of water on the back and then adhere it to the face. Use your #7 Wilton tip and create the face. Use the #6 Wilton tip to create Winnie the Pooh’s eyebrows. Place the face on top of the buttercream frosting and serve.
Celebrate the new Christopher Robin movie by making these amazing Winnie the Pooh cupcakes.
cupcake, disney recipe, Winnie the Pooh
cornstarch for dusting
2" round cookie cutter
bowl of water and paintbrush
black pre-made frosting
Allow your cupcakes to cool completely before decorating. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and dust your working surface with a thin layer of cornstarch. Roll your fondant to be about ¼ of an inch thick and use your cookie cutter to cut out 12 fondant circles.
Next, roll spheres about one inch in diameter, you’ll need twelve of these. Flatten them out and shape them into ovals.
Roll 24 smaller spheres and shape them to look like Pooh’s ears (flat and pointed at one end).
Using a stand mixer, beat butter, icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Use an offset spatula to frost each of your cupcakes.
Assemble your fondant pieces: place your flat oval in the center of your large fondant circle. You can brush water on back of the oval so that it sticks onto the circle.
Using Wilton tip #7, draw Pooh’s nose and eyes with black frosting. Switch to Wilton tip #6 and draw on his eyebrows.
Place Pooh’s face on each cupcake and apply his ears (brush the back of each ear with water to secure it on his face).
I made this adorable Cars Lightning McQueen for Malakai. He’s been obsessed since Cars 3 was released. This Cars Pillow is even easy and fun to put together for your
Disney Pixar Cars obsessed boy or girl. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
If you can see in the picture above, I have no black Iron-On Vinyl on the DIY Cars Pillow. I used the black fabric as the black color and I saved some money because I didn’t need to buy that color. Begin by cutting out your fabric with the Cricut Maker. You’ll cut one black circle and 2 black rectangles that you’ll sew together to make one long strip.
After you’ve cut your black circle, place the Iron-On Vinyl. Us your EasyPress or Iron and start with the red. Next, line up your yellow bolts and then lay the white on the top. Use a towel or a protective mat to protect your red and yellow HTV as you press the others.
Cut the other circle with your Cars patterned fabric. You don’t have to use Cars fabric but it’s just an added bonus. Pin your black strip to one of the circles and then sew the ends of the strip together when they meet. Now sew one of the circles to the side strip. You will now sew the second circle to the side strip. Leave an opening about 4 inches wide and then stuff with filler. Hand stitch the pillow closed. So easy and it’s such a fun Disney Cars craft.
Make these easy Thor Cupcakes all from an easy cake mix. Celebrate the AVENGERS: Infinity War movie release with these super cute cupcakes. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Who has seen the new AVENGERS: Infinity War movie? Better question, who hasn’t? Thor was a huge part of the movie and so I decided to make these Thor cupcakes to go along with my Hulk Rice Krispie Treats or these easy Avengers Cupcake Toppers I made with my Cricut. These Thor cupcakes are incredibly easy to make. Just use store-bought Red Velvet cake mix and follow the directions on the box to make them. One box should yield 24 cupcakes. Allow them to cool completely before adding any frosting or decorations.
Mix your butter, powdered sugar, milk and cocoa powder together using an electric mixer or hand mixer. Beat until it is smooth and then add in your red gel food coloring. Having gel food coloring is important because it is intense in the color and the taste is almost non-existent. When you have red food coloring, sometimes it tastes metallic but I like the gel food coloring because you can’t taste it and it takes less of the coloring to get the color you want. Use a piping bag and a star tip to get the grooves when piping. I like to place my piping bag into a cup before I load up the frosting. It helps make it more stable and I’m able to keep the top of my bag clean. Next, you’ll make the top of Thor’s hammer for the cupcake topper. Use some fondant, mix in 2 drops of black gel food coloring and soften it by playing with it in your hands. The heat from your hands will make the fondant moldable. You may want to wear gloves so the gel color doesn’t stain your hands. Mold them into rectangles and lay them to the side. Mix the silver
lustre dust with some water or vodka and paint Thor’s hammer to get them shiny. Next, break the pretzel sticks into the desired size of the base of the hammer and place them inside the middle of the fondant hammer. Place it on top of your cupcake and now you’ve made the perfect Thor cupcakes.
Create these amazing Thor cupcakes for your next Avengers party!
1boxRed Velvet Cake Mix + Ingredients to make them
2sticksunsalted butter, softened
7-8dropsred gel food coloring
24mini pretzel sticks
2dropsblack gel food coloring
silver food luster dust
Prepare your red velvet mix according to the box’s directions (they usually yield 24 cupcakes). Allow to cool on rack before decorating.
Using a stand mixer, start beating butter and slowly add confectioners’ sugar. Add milk and mix on high until your buttercream has formed. In terms of consistency, you’ll want it to form stiff peaks.
Add cocoa and red food coloring to the buttercream and continue mixing on high until it is completely colored. Using a piping bag, frost each cupcake.
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Roll your fondant into ½ inch spheres (you’ll want to make 24 of them) and then shape into rectangles. Place each one on lined baking sheet. (You will want to dust your fingers with cornstarch once in a while to prevent them from sticking on your hands)
Brush each fondant piece with silver luster. Insert a pretzel stick at the bottom of each one (you may have to break off a piece of the pretzel stick if they are too long). Place carefully on each cupcake.
Avengers: Infinity War was released two weeks ago and I’m still healing from the ending. Make these Avenger Cupcakes and create these super cute Avenger Cupcake Picks using your Cricut. This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commision at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.
Have you seen Avengers: Infinity War yet? I’ll be honest, these movies don’t get me super hyped but I do love them and I really loved this one. My boys love them the most and Malakai has been asking me to open these cool Avengers LEGOs for weeks. I decided just some store bought cupcakes would be perfect for these Avenger cupcake picks and we could celebrate him finally being able to open the box ;).The bond between Thor, Groot and Rocket was created during this movie so I had to have this Lego set. This is probably my favorite scene of the movie where they create Thor’s axe and he has a new weapon to celebrate. Use these cupcake picks to make the coolest Avengers party with all the character s.They’re on the Kawaii Avengers digital cartridge available with Cricut. I used the Print Then Cut method on printable vinyl, then I layered them on some black cardstock. I used my Xyron to run the cardstock through the Creative Station and sandwiched a toothpick in the middle and placed the backside to the frontend of the matching Avenger.
After you’ve printed your Avenger Cupcake Picks, lay them on the coinciding black cardstock cut out. Place your figures on to your Xyron Creative Station and run it through. If you don’t have one, just use some glue. Place your toothpick on one the front end of your Avenger and then place the backside of him and sandwich it together. Super easy.I bought these store-bought cupcakes and then used some superhero sprinkles that I found at Bakers Party Shop. Just place your Avengers Cupcake Picks into the center of each cupcake and you’re set for the party! What Malakai and I loved most about this day was opening his new LEGO Avengers set. He was in heaven creating this and was all hands on deck. My OCD came out to play with him on this day but he was more than happy so I had to just roll with it. 😉Grab the LEGO Avengers sets here or stop by your local LEGO store. Have fun with your Avengers Celebration!
To celebrate the release of the new Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2, exclusive to JOANN, make these awesome DIY Avenger Masks. Perfect timing for Avengers: Infinity War.This post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commision. Thank you for your support.
I just saw the movie this opening weekend and I usually don’t feel like they knocked my socks off. They did this time. To show my excitement and Malakai’s excitement for seeing Hulk, we made him these paper Avengers masks using the new Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle available exclusively at JOANN stores.
I’ve been using the Cricut machines for over 4 years now and I cannot express how beautiful the new Wisteria Cricut Explore is. It has a metallic sheen to it and it looks beautiful in my craft room along with its sister, the Cricut Maker. It fits perfect for the Pantone color of the year, Ultra Violet. I also love the Bluetooth capability so that I can easily use my mobile phone to cut my project. My desktop conked out a few months ago so my husband and I are sharing a laptop, not ideal but, it’s working because I have my mobile devices to use my Cricuts.I began by using the Print Then Cut method for my Cricut.To start, you want to first calibrate your machine so that you get a good, close cut. You also want your bleed lines to be on so that your cut line will be on the printed project.After you’ve printed your masks, you will place them on your included Light Grip Mat and set the smart dial to Cardstock. Your machine will begin by reading the registration lines and then it will begin cutting. With your Explore models, you want to use white paper to print your items on. The Cricut Printable Vinyl is great for making stickers. I also love their thicker Printable Sticker Paper but it will not pull through my HP 8610 Printer.The easiest way to remove any paper from your Cricut mats is to bend your mat backwards and let the paper peel off. If you pull the paper directly, you will curl your paper and you can’t move on to your other part of the project until that’s resolved.The cut file includes the hole so that you can easily add the elastic or twine. My son is two so there is no way he’s going to hold still enough for me to tie it on. He just holds it up and takes it right off. That’s why I love that they’re paper and easily made, I don’t feel bad if he only likes it for a few minutes. He’ll come back to it off-and-on for days.
So what’s included in your Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle? You’ll receive:
Wisteria Explore Air 2
Wisteria XL Scraper and Weeder
Holographic Sparkle Vinyl
Iron-On in pink, teal, purple, gold and silver
New Foil Embossed Paper in pink and silver (for all your paper crafts)
Head to your nearest JOANN stores and pick up the Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle and get crafting today to create these DIY Avenger Masks, Iron Man says so 😉
Prepare for the release of AVENGERS: Infinity War with these super cute and easy Hulk Rice Krispie Treats. Make them for a birthday party or just to enjoy a movie screening.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Follow the recipe and instruction below from the recipe card. It’s super easy. Just make a batch of Rice Krispie treats and color them green. This post shows how easy it is.Allow them to set and cut into rectangles. If you’re using the recommended 9×9” pan, you should get about 6 treats. Melt your coating chocolate with the coconut oil. The coconut oil will make the coating chocolate a great shine. If you don’t have it, don’t worry about it. Dip one end into the purple and allow it to set.Dip the other end into the brown candy melts and then dip straight into the brown Jimmie sprinkles. Use your black food gel and create the eyebrows by drawing straight lines pointing inward to each other. Use the same gel and add them to the candy eyes and adhere them on the Hulk Rice Krispie Treats. These are the perfect treat to have for an Avenger party or even your biggest Hulk fan. I can’t wait for Avengers: Infinity War to be released into theaters.[recipe id=”6088″]