DIY Halloween Ideas to Make Now

With Halloween just under two weeks away, we are using the next two weekends to finish decorating and complete our last few DIY Halloween projects. While we finish those up and get them posted here for you to recreate, check out a few ideas we found on Pinterest you can make now!

This DIY Halloween Chalkboard is awesome and will make it look like you spent hours creating a custom piece. It’s perfect for a large wall space you need to fill up:

Halloween DIY Chalkboard

from Ella Claire Inspired

This DIY Halloween Garland by Lemon Thistle is simple and easy to craft if you have a Cricut Machine! The author of the blog post suggests a paper & foil method but we have some Cricut adhesive foil that would work perfectly for this project!

DIY Halloween Banner

from Lemon Thistle

I absolutely love the handwritten look of this Printable Halloween sign. Print it out, frame it our hang it on the wall as described, and you’re done!

Printable Halloween Art

from Lolly Jane

This stencil Halloween table runner is a great project to whip up for an upcoming Halloween party!

Stenciled DIY Halloween Table Runner

from Polka Dot Chair (as seen on eighteen25)

And for a quick 15 minute project, you can make our DIY Trick or Treat Tote Bag!

DIY Halloween Tote Bag


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Hocus Pocus Halloween Party with Cricut and Oriental Trading

Welcome to the 2017 Halloween Party Blog Hop, hosted by Everyday Party Magazine! Just when you thought I was moving on from Hocus Pocus, here’s another take on my favorite movie! For this Halloween party, we partnered with Cricut and Oriental Trading to bring you a less spooky party with a Sanderson sister theme. And, because they are both great companies and love their customers, they are giving away a NEW CRICUT MAKER and a $75 ORIENTAL TRADING GIFT CARD! ENTER TO WIN at the end of the post!

The amazing people over at Cricut and Oriental Trading Company gave me resources to create this post, but all of the opinions and feelings about (how awesome) their products are our mine.
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For this Halloween party, I decided to bring in brighter colors and a more modern feel with black and white stripes. No skulls or potions at this party! When you’re styling your Halloween party, it’s a good idea to consider your guests; since I have younger kids and their friends (and younger siblings) will be attending, I decided to make the theme a little more kid-friendly than the Trunk or Treat (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) we designed for the Blog Hop sponsored by Tikkido and Oriental Trading. But, because the Halloween products at Oriental Trading are so versatile (SHOP HALLOWEEN DECOR HERE), I re-purposed some of the decor from the Trunk or Treat!

In addition to the Halloween goodies from Oriental Trading, I was able to create a lot of tiny details for the party using my Cricut Maker (SHOP THE MAKER HERE), which has become my favorite party planning assistant.

We used a plain black frame with wrapping paper inside of it to create the background for “Amok! Amok! Amok!” cut out of Cricut Vinyl. It’s one of the most iconic and funny parts of the Hocus Pocus!

The Sanderson sister rosettes were also made on the Cricut Maker, and the other varieties of rosettes were from Oriental Trading (spiderweb variety) and Target. The graphics for the Sanderson sister silhouettes I found on Etsy and I couldn’t pass them up!

The cupcake toppers were one of my favorite elements. Simple treat boxes from Target and Wilton Halloween sprinkles made store-bought cupcakes look much more appealing.

I filled one of my lanterns from Oriental Trading with vintage-looking Halloween ornaments.


Hocus Pocus Trunk or Treat with Oriental Trading

It’s October, and that means that Halloween decorating is in full swing! In our neighborhood we get a ton of trick-or-treaters, but I’ve always wanted to participate in a Trunk or Treat in our area. I think it’s such a good idea! This year, I’m SO excited to team up with some of my favorite bloggers for the 2017 Trunk or Treat Halloween Blog Hop! And we were incredibly lucky to work with a fabulous Halloween (and all occasion) supply company, Oriental Trading.

One of my all-time favorite Halloween movies is “Hocus Pocus,” so I immediately decided to work on a Trunk or Treat themed after the movie.

Hocus Pocus Trunk or Treat

I wanted to make it a little spooky, but not enough to scare away the little kids. A “Hocus Pocus” banner hanging from the top of the car greets everyone.

Of course I enlisted the help of my Cricut Maker to add details to my decor, including the above banner and the names on these tombstones from Oriental Trading. I was able to find that “vintage” vacuum, just like the kind Mary Sanderson rides in the movie, and I love it!

The inside of the trunk is filled with spooky and humorous details. To find some of the items in the shot, head over to the Halloween section at Oriental Trading, and I’ll post all of the products later in the post. You can also see that we filled a cauldron with candy to hand out at the Trunk or Treat.

One of my favorite pieces from the decor was this “Come Little Children” sign that I crafted with a chalkboard sign from Oriental Trading and white outdoor vinyl from Cricut, which for those of you that have seen the movie, is the song that Sarah Sanderson sings to lure all of the little children to their cabin (why does that sound worse that it seems in the movie? haha!) And I couldn’t forget the container of salt, which is supposed to ward off the witches.

Every witch needs a spell book, and although not as amazing as the one from the movie, I just love this prop book! A Halloween cloche from Target holds a fake skull.

We were able to use Halloween decor from our own collection as well as awesome decor items from Oriental Trading:

Light-Up LED Ghost Tree
Black Metal Lanterns
Battery Operated Dripping Candles with Holders
Chalkboard Sign
Spooky Cloth Material
Cardboard Tombstones

For more Halloween Decor, visit the Oriental Trading Halloween section of the website: CLICK HERE

To view the other Trunk or Treat ideas from my fellow bloggers, check out the following links:

1. Super
Hero Trunk or Treat by Everyday Party Magazine

2. The Working Dead by
Michelle’s Party Plan-It

3. Glam
Cemetary by Jordan’s Easy Entertaining

4. Hocus
Pocus Trunk or Treat by Pineapple Paper Co.

5. Monster
City by Fronie Mae Bakes

6. Magic
Trick Trunk or Treat by Piggybank Parties

7. Zombie
Meat Market by Ritzy Parties

8. Alice in
Wonderland Trunk or Treat by A Lovely Design

9. Super
Mario Trunk or Treat by Frog Prince Paperie

10. Just
Treats Trunk or Treat by Jen T. By Design

11. Harry
Potter Trunk or Treat by Tikkido

12.  Bug
Bistro by Fern and Maple

Tiny Dancer Wall Art (FREE with the Cricut Maker!)

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Happy Monday Everyone! By now you’ve seen all of my projects that I’ve made with my new Cricut Maker. Today, I’m part of a group of 50 bloggers (that I had the pleasure of participating in the Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon with) to show you each of the 50 FREE Projects you can make when you purchase the Cricut Maker! In addition, you can ENTER TO WIN A CRICUT MAKER HSN BUNDLE at the end of the post!

I chose to make the Tiny Dancer Wall Art found in Cricut Design Space. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROJECT IN DESIGN SPACE.

Tiny Dancer Cricut

Here are the Materials you need to make this simple but darling project with your new Cricut (all materials and instructions also shown in Design Space):

-Cricut Vinyl (colors you can choose): skin tone, leotard/shoe color, tutu/hair band color, hair color, and black for the eyes/smile
-Cricut Transfer Tape
-Cricut Vinyl Weeding Tool
-Picture Frame (at least 8×10″ space, without resizing the project)
-Background Paper for inside frame

When you open this project (and most others in Design Space), you can choose to “Customize” the project. When choosing the colors and the size of your project, you’ll want to click that button, which can be found on the bottom right corner of the project description:

I didn’t want to change the size of the project, just the dancer to the colors I wanted so the Cricut would know how many mats I need for each color. You can change the colors of each of the components by clicking the colored circle next to each layer and selecting the colors you wish. When I finished, my color choices and canvas looked like this:

When the colors are set the way you would like, you just have to click “Make it” in the top right corner, and Design Space will tell you how many mats you need and which order you need to place them in the Cricut for cutting:

You can see that the project requires 5 mats (or to change the vinyl colors 5 times). I’ve chosen to have the light blue vinyl highlighted so you can see that Design Space knows which layers to lock in place so your placement of the pieces onto your frame is already done for you (notice the position of the leotard in comparison to the ballet shoes).

Once you have all of your pieces cut out, you just have to transfer the cut pieces to the outside glass of the frame using Cricut Transfer Tape. Place all of the pieces from bottom to top (the instructions on Design Space explain that), and then put your patterned paper in the frame. You’re done!

Tiny Dance Cricut 2

I also completed a secondary project–the bow and rosette cupcake toppers–that I will share with you in a later post!


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DIY Fall Pillow Using the Cricut Easy Press

Decorating for Fall is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite DIY projects I’ve done so far with my new Cricut Maker: a fall pillow! For this project, I was so excited to use the brand new Cricut Easy Press, which is a portable heat press that has the consistency of a standard heat press, but the portability of a household iron. Using both of these new crafting tools, I was able to make a professional looking pillow in about a half hour.

DIY Fall Pillow with Cricut

Materials used for this DIY:

-Pillow Cover (18×18″)
-18″ Pillow Insert
Cricut Maker
Cricut Easy Press
Cricut Iron-On Vinyl, White
Cricut Weeding Tool Kit (to make my life way easier)

For this DIY, I used images and fonts that are available in Cricut Design Space, and are also part of the Cricut Access subscription, which allows you to use 1000s of designs at no extra charge, as well as gives you a 10% discount on online Cricut purchases.

If you already have Design Space, here is the link for the “Hello Fall” design we made:


We sized it as big as will fit on a 12×12 mat, so about 11.5″ square. As you can see above, that size works well on the 18″ pillow cover after the pillow is stuffed in it. First you need to cut the design out of the white iron-on vinyl, making sure your cut is set to “mirror.” After the Maker has done it’s job, you have to peel off all of the extra vinyl that’s not part of the design (“weed” the design). When you’re finished weeding, your vinyl design will look like this:

Hello Fall Pillow Vinyl

(I left it on the mat to weed it so the material wouldn’t slide around).

Next, comes the Easy Press! The Cricut Easy Press comes as you see below, with a base that it sits on while it’s heating, and a handle on top of ease of use. All of the temperature and time controls are on top as well.

Cricut Easy Press

The Easy Press comes with a Quick Reference Guide that shows temperature and time settings for commonly used materials. After setting my Easy Press to 305 degrees and a 30 second timer (I wasn’t quite sure what kind of material my pillow case, I just knew it was a fabric blend), I set it on the counter in it’s base to heat up. And it reached the temperature I needed QUICKLY, in only a couple of minutes! I thought that was really great, because even a regular iron doesn’t heat up quickly enough for my impatient personality haha.

I set up my Easy Press station on my kitchen counter. An ironing board is NOT recommended for using the Easy Press, as it conducts too much heat away from the Easy Press plate, as well as some ironing boards may not be hard enough of a surface. I have granite countertops in my kitchen, which work perfectly with a kitchen towel under the pillow cover. I set up the project to press from bottom to top: countertop–towel–pillow cover–vinyl design, sticky side down. I also warmed up the pillow cover just a little bit with the Easy Press so when I put my vinyl design down, it would stick a little easier and didn’t curl up on me. Then I got to pressing! Because my design as almost 12×12″ and the Easy Press plate is only 9×9″ square, I pressed my design in 4 sections.

DIY Fall Pillow Easy Press

Pressing on the vinyl is really easy: just set the Easy Press on the design, and push the “C” button to start the timer. Apply gentle pressure, and when the timer stops, repeat with the other sections. After all sections were pressed, I waited for the vinyl design to cool a little bit before peeling off the plastic material.

I was so impressed with how quick and easy the Easy Press applied the design, and the results were incredible. Here’s a close up of the vinyl on the pillow:

DIY Fall Pillow

The vinyl is so well adhered to the pillow cover that it is difficult to tell that it is vinyl–it almost looks like screen printing. I’m ecstatic about the results and have gotten a ton of compliments already! And it looks great with my herringbone pumpkin pillows that I found last year 🙂

DIY Fall Pillow

If you craft with iron-on vinyl a lot, the Cricut Easy Press is something you HAVE to look into. Making this pillow proved that it is a game changer for my crafting. I’ve already ordered blank shirts for all of my kids to make Halloween shirts. With the professional results I achieved on this pillow (and from other reviews I’ve read), I can’t wait to see how easy and durable the shirts are! I’ll be making those shirts in the coming weeks and can’t wait to share them with you.

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Magnolia Inspired DIY “Gather” Sign

While decorating my house for the fall season, I have a tendency to head directly to Home Goods and buy a whole cart load of new decor. I’m trying very hard to avoid that this year, since we are doing some rather large renovations on our house. So in addition to repurposing things from past seasons, I’m DIYing a few things as well. First on my list was a wooden sign. I see them everywhere, but was debating on what kind of design I wanted. One of the ones I’ve seen online is this sign from Ella Claire:

Pumpkins Wooden Sign

I love it, but I also wanted something that I could use year round. So, of course, I stumbled upon the “gather” signs in the farmhouse style made famous by Joanna Gaines/Magnolia Home (if you search “gather wooden sign” on Pinterest, you’ll get the idea of how many are out there). Like so many other people, I love Fixer Upper on HGTV, and I can’t. wait. for the Hearth and Hand line at Target to debut in November. My colonial home doesn’t lend itself to much in the way of farmhouse decor, but I try to sneak in a few pieces here and there. So I decided to “gather” (pun intended) my supplies and try to DIY a sign for my own home.

I decided that the easiest way for me to start was to plan on using my Cricut Maker machine. Using vinyl as a type of stencil, I would be able to paint and distress the wood as well as the lettering to give it a little bit of that rustic, farmhouse charm.

If you’d like to make your own, here’s the supplies you’ll need:

-Craft cutting machine, such as the Cricut Maker
-Black adhesive vinyl
-Vinyl Transfer Tape
-Piece of wood (mine is a piece of remnant 1×6″, cut to about 30″ long)
-White paint (acrylic or latex paint is fine)
-Black gloss enamel craft paint (I used DecoArt)
-Fine grit sandpaper

First, you need to prep your board. All I did was mix my white paint with a little bit of water and brush it on, making no attempt for totally even coverage. After all, I wanted it to look distressed. Depending on how white you’d like the sign to be, you may have to do a couple of coats with watered down paint.

Next, you need to design the lettering. Since I’m using a Cricut brand machine, I used Cricut Design Space. Since all I have at the moment is a 12×12″ cutting mat, I designed my lettering to fit on the mat, splitting “gather” into two sections of 3 letters each.

If you would like to use my exact file and lettering in Cricut Design Space, here’s the public file link:


The Cricut Maker will prompt you to cut the files on two different mats, 12×12″ each. Now, there are two ways to do this next step. You can transfer the full vinyl to the board and then remove the letters, creating a stencil that you’ll leave on the wood to paint. I originally tried this method, but my vinyl kept getting stuck to itself. So I decided to use vinyl transfer tape and transfer the letters by themselves to the board. This actually turned out pretty well, that way I could position the letters exactly where I wanted them. Also, the font from design space I used makes the “g” reeeeallly low, so I used a small utility knife to slice the loop of the “g” away from itself and the “a” so I could move the “g” up and change the angle of attachment to the “a.” I wish I had a picture of this, but this is what happens when I craft at 10:30pm.

After all of my letters were positioned the way I wanted them, I traced around the letters with a pencil, and added tails to the beginning and end by hand. Then I removed the vinyl letters.

Then, with a small brush I filled in the pencil lines with the black enamel craft paint. It goes on quickly, and it was about 20-30 minutes to completely fill in the letters.

After it was completely dry (overnight), I sanded the entire piece with fine grit sand paper. I got rid of the rough corners and sanded directly over the lettering to distress it a little bit.

And that’s it! Here’s the completed sign:

DIY Gather Sign

All in all, it was a super easy project, and since I had all of the supplies I needed at home, I could tell my husband that it was a $0 DIY!

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New Halloween Invitations are Here!

It’s hard to believe that summer is *technically* over (although it’s warmer here now that it was the vast majority of August), and that Halloween is next month!

Today we are happy to introduce our two newest party invitations for Halloween! The first is for a Trick -or-Treat party, which is something we host every year in our neighborhood. This year I plan on making all of the kids their own treat bags to carry around with my Cricut Maker!

Trick or Treat Halloween Invite


We could design a million things with those adorable watercolor graphics!

Our other new invitation is a for a traditional Halloween party, and can be used for both spooky and glam themed parties. It has a modern touch with the striped background and fonts, and the spiderwebs and sketched witch hat give it a classic “Halloween” feel.

Spooky Halloween Invite


Which is your favorite? And what kinds of Halloween parties do you host every year? A Trick-or-Treat for the kids, an adult costume party, or something completely different?

We will be rolling out more Halloween stuff in the coming week, so let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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Blueberry Scones FREE Printable Tag and Recipe

Happy Friday everyone! Our lovely friend Jessica over at Everyday Party Magazine is recovering well (if her power would stay on she’d be better) from Hurricane Irma, and to prep for Irma, she baked. A LOT. Enough where she handed out baked goods to her friends and neighbors that were also prepping for the huge storm. Luckily for all of us, she’s shared her recipe for these delicious blueberry scones over on her blog. And it is SO easy!!!

Blueberry Scones Recipe


And, to make it the perfect gift, we are sharing a FREE Printable Tag over on her website as well!


As we head into Fall, baked gifts are a great idea to share with family and friends, and can easily be crafted into a gift for the upcoming holidays. It’s something everyone will love! Have a great weekend!

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American Girl Birthday Party Details and Designs

One of the most requested party themes we get is an “American Girl” theme. Today we’re featuring a collaborative party between ourselves and The Bloomery, a local resource we use all of the time for farm-grown cut flowers!

Kathy, owner of The Bloomery, and her daughter had awesome ideas for her 8th birthday party that we helped bring to life. Anna Claire absolutely loves American Girl dolls (and so do her friends), so she wanted to incorporate all of the girls’ dolls into the party, of course! It was held in the morning with a breakfast theme, which is an awesome alternative to throwing a traditional evening or weekend afternoon party. That way, you can have the party, clean up, and you and your guests still have the rest of your day to do other stuff!

We designed this custom invitation for the party:

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The dessert table turned out awesome! We designed a custom fabric backdrop for the table, and other stationery elements including food tags and cupcake toppers:

The breakfast table was absolutely gorgeous, as designed by Kathy. She created all of the beautiful flower arrangements. You can also see some of the stationery elements and custom design pieces, including menu cards, custom plates and glasses (using vinyl graphics cut on a craft cutting machine), straw flags, and a poster for the mantle in the background:

Here is a clear picture of the poster we designed for the mantle display. We wanted the party to have the “American Girl feel” but take a slightly modern spin on it.

We created custom cupcake toppers and cupcakes for the party. These “crazy” cupcakes we so much fun to decorate and the kids loved them:

The custom cake had the same theme as the cupcakes. The birthday girl even helped add the decorations, which included custom meringues and cake pops and various other types of candy and sprinkles:

Here’s a close-up of the top of the cake:


Cricut Maker Review (& Why You Need One)

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At the beginning of August, I was lucky enough to attend the Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon in Salt Lake City, Utah which was an amazing gathering of industry influencers and consumers. We were able to interact with industry professionals and other crafters, complete craft projects, and be a part of 3 HUGE product announcements from the Cricut CEO:

Cricut BrightPad (a portable light pad that illuminates cut lines for weeding and makes tracing so easy!)
Cricut EasyPress (a newly designed heat plate with the consistency of a heat press but the convenience of an iron!)
Cricut Maker!

Cricut Maker Machine
Being at the product launch was an incredible experience, and over the last month I’ve been lucky enough (courtesy of Cricut) to spend some time crafting with the Maker, which was in development for over three years! They completely designed their cutting machine from the ground up, because the new blade housing and cutting mechanism can adapt to cut 100s of materials, including delicate fabric with the NEW Rotary Blade and materials up to 2.4mm thick with the upcoming Knife Blade (which I personally can’t wait to get my hands on!)

I’ve been able to try designing with a variety of different materials using the Maker, and so far the results have been incredible!

Probably my favorite project I’ve made so far is this “It’s Fall Y’all” mug using Cricut Premium Outdoor Vinyl:

Fall Y'all Mug

It’s been cold here in the mornings, and I love sipping my coffee out of this festive orange mug.

I used vinyl to create a template to make this “gather” wooden sign:

DIY Gather Sign

I’ve already received tons of complements on it, and have already made a couple extra to give to friends!

I held an Apple-themed party in my backyard, and crafted the entire party with my Cricut Maker! Here are the Pie Slice boxes I made using Cricut brand card stock:

I used Cricut vinyl to make this Apple bucket that will be on display in my house all through Autumn:

And, using the new Rotary Blade, I made this fabric banner with homespun gingham. I could believe how the Maker and the Rotary Blade were able to cut that pinking edge:

Check out the whole Apple Party on our blog. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

And I also tried out Cricut Iron-On Vinyl for the first time this weekend to make this fun Trick-or-Treat tote as part of a Craft Lightning blog hop (can you believe the detail on the cobweb and lettering? The Maker and the fine point blade cut all of it with ease):

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL DIY POST OF THE HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT TOTE BAG (which you can make in just 15 quick minutes!)

I am also the proud owner of a Cricut Explore Air 2, which, as part of the Explore series of machines, has been on the market for a while now. And although I LOVE my Explore Air 2, there are some definite advantages to having a Maker. So, just a quick comparison of the features of each:

Cricut Explore Air 2 v. Cricut Maker

So which one do you need in your crafting arsenal? Well, I think it depends on what kinds of crafting you do. If you craft projects mostly with materials like paper, vinyl, or other thin materials, it might be okay to stick with an Explore series machine (and save some money!). However, if you are a sewer or have an interest in crafting with ANY kind of fabric, the Maker is the way to go. In addition, the Maker will soon have the Knife Blade available to use, so you will be able to craft with an incredible amount of thicker materials, including balsa wood! I can’t wait to make wood Christmas ornaments this year! If I were shopping for my first Cricut machine, the Maker would be the one I’d choose–as Cricut’s newest machine and the new adaptive cutting mechanism, Cricut has the ability to design a complete line of different cutting blades to cut even more materials than it already does. I truly can’t wait to see what the design team comes up with!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.