Hey guys! It’s my favorite time of year, HALLOWEEN! I love seeing the kiddos get all dressed up, handing out candy, watching scary movies, and fun parties! My all time favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus (Duh!). I also really love Practical Magic and Halloweentown!
This year since we have a lot of neighbor kids around, I decided to go on a full on porch decorating rampage! We made a photobooth type setting with… you guessed it.. a Hocus Pocus theme! Check out the rest of the post for pictures, tutorials, and free cut files!
Don’t want the DIY? No problem! Head over to our Shop to check out the Spooky Selection!
*Note*- This post is not sponsored by Michaels. I just happened to find out I had one 10 minutes away from my apartment and I had some great coupons! You can get any of this stuff at Walmart, Amazon, etc!
DIY Potion Jars
What is a witch without potion ingredients?! We made these super fun apothecary jars for all you wizards, witches, and potion masters! These are super simple and will really add to your Halloween fun!
What you’ll need:
- Fun jars (I got mine from Michaels, but even just mason jars will work! I got the small jars!)
- Printable sticker paper (either clear or white, I used the Silhouette brand but any works!)
- Apothecary Jar witchy labels (Find free PDF’s, jpeg’s, and .Studio files HERE)
- Spooky filler (feathers, liquid, sand, rocks, glow in the dark stuff, anything!)
- Head over to the T&O dropbox for some free apothecary jar labels! Or, you can design your own if you’re skilled in that way!
- Download the labels you like. If you have a cutting machine, you can download the apothjars.studio3 file for them already sized and ready to cut!
- Pick the labels you like, then it’s time to play with the sizing! Measure your jars, then find out if the jar is shorter in length or in height. This is the maximum dimension you’ll use.
- It works easiest to load the files into Microsoft Word or Photoshop to size them! Use the scaling feature (drag the corners in or out) to make the labels as big as you need to for your jars. *Tip* If you have clear jars, turn the Word document to 100% and hold your jar up in front of your computer screen!
- Once you have your labels sized, load your sticker paper into your printer. *Tip* Select “photo” or “best photo”, then make sure your printer paper is set to either regular paper or matte paper!
- Print out your labels, let them dry for a few minutes to be sure you don’t smear them!
- Carefully cut out your jar labels (or load them into your cutting machine!). Once you have your labels cut, place them on your jars! Curvy jars can be a bit of a pain, so be patient and keep trying!
- If you really want to, you can skip basically all these steps and buy THESE stickers from Michaels. You’re welcome!
- Once you have your labels on your jars, fill them up! For venom and other liquids, I just used food coloring and water. Love potion= little diamonds, Unicorn horn dust=colored sand! Be creative and have fun with it!
- When all your witchy potions are ready to go, be sure to share on social media with the hashtag #TnOHalloween so we can see! You can also send us an email, Facebook message, or comment below with photos, questions, tips for others, etc!
Spooky Warning Signs
This is a fun and easy DIY if you have access to some vinyl or paint and stencils! I love this one because you can make these signs for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, Birthdays, Weddings, etc!
What you’ll need:
- Wood. This may seem simple, but there are lots of different types! If you want to save some money just buy some blank wood and add the accents yourself. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of adding the hanging stuff, buy some pre-made signs!
- Paint (Optional, whatever color you’re wanting)
- Polycrylic (I cheated and used clear spray paint, but if you want it to last use the polycrylic!)
- Hanging stuff (If you bought the unfinished wood)
- Vinyl letters (or stencils and paint!)
- Unless you truly believe your “finished wood” is actually finished, the first thing you need to do is sand down your wood! You’ll need a nice finish.
- Paint your wood whatever color you’d like. I recommend an outdoor paint, but I’ve seen people use cheap craft paint, acrylics, etc. I was lazy and used black spray paint!
- Let that first coat dry, then do a second coat (optional).
- Once your paint is dry, paint a thin clear coat of the polycrylic on the surface. This isn’t exactly necessary, but you will struggle (at least with the vinyl) if you don’t. Again, I just used clear spray paint but it’s not guaranteed to stick!
- So the next part is pretty simple. If you’re using vinyl, cut your vinyl (find my FREE cut files HERE). Use a permanent vinyl (651 or 671!). Weed it, then stick it on the wood. Done! DO NOT spray/paint a clear coat over your vinyl! It will cause the vinyl to shrink and bubble!
- If you’re painting, get your stencils out! Paint over your stencils (use painters tape to hold them down so they don’t smear or bleed!). When you’re done you can use a clear coat if you want!
- Hang them up, and make sure you tell EVERYONE you made it! Maybe even make a sign saying you handmade that sign! It’s also super cool to share photos on social media with the hashtag #TnOHalloween so we can see! You can also send us an email, Facebook message, or comment below with photos, questions, tips for others, etc!
Winnie….. I smell children! (Doormat)
Okay so this one is interesting, I have TWO tutorials for you! The first one is the one I did (the shortcut of course!). The second one is one that an awesome blogger made!
What you’ll need:
- Plain doormat (Walmart, Fred Meyer, Ikea, Hardware store, Amazon… any will do!)
- For Shortcut: Spray Paint (Other: Outdoor paint)
- Stencil (through Vinyl- get my FREE cut file HERE, or with the stencils from the previous project!)
- First things first, shake out your doormat. They tend to get grimy and dusty in the store or during shipping, and you want to make sure it’s clean! If it’s rolled up from shipping flatten it out.
- While your mat is flattening out, cut out your stencil (if you’re using the free cut file).
- If you’re using other stencils, begin laying them out on the mat.
- Once your stencils are on the mat, ensure they are stuck down really good. This will help prevent bleeding when you spray paint it.
- Move your mat outside, if you haven’t already done so!
- Hold your spray paint 6 inches or more away from your mat. If you’re too close, the air will push the paint under your stencil! Give the whole thing a nice spray over.
- Let dry, then repeat until you get the desired color intensity!
- Peel off your stencil then voila! You have a new mat!
- I touched my mat up a bit in spots with black spray paint, so feel free to do so too! Just be careful you don’t spray over your new letters!
- Set it outside your door and (no so patiently) wait for Halloween!! Share photos on social media with the hashtag #TnOHalloween so we can see! You can also send us an email, Facebook message, or comment below with photos, questions, tips for others, etc!
Find the more professional tutorial HERE! This one still involves a stencil, but also painting! I’m planning on trying out this technique next time, so keep an eye on the Facebook page!
How do YOU decorate for Halloween? We’d love to see some pics!
Free .Studio cut files can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/in1onjvou9oovud/AAAjDg58OrKLnBCV7CySv4ola?dl=0