This Halloween Hocus Pocus Banner is the perfect addition to your DIY Halloween decor! Designed to be cut on your Cricut Maker using felt and iron-on vinyl, this banner will make your fire burn and cauldron bubble!
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I’m so excited to show you guys a bit of my Halloween mantel today! I’ve been working with Cricut and Oriental Trading Company to create this glam and fun Halloween banner — which I’m offering as a free SVG cut file for you! We are also giving one very lucky person a shiny new Cricut Maker and A $75 Oriental Trading Company gift card! Hop to the end of this post to enter, and see all of the other fun posts that some of my favorite bloggers have come up with!
To create this Hocus Pocus banner, I turned to Oriental Trading Company’s create-your-own section and found some simple black canvas banners. A little white felt and glitter iron-on later, and I had a super cute and modern Hocus Pocus banner to hang on my mantel. I recently did a Facebook Live where I made this banner — pop on over and give it a watch, and join me every Sunday at 2pm PST to make a new project with me!
Let’s make a banner, shall we?
Hocus Pocus Banner Supplies
- Black Canvas Banner
- White Felt
- Cricut Maker
- Glitter Iron-On
- Weeding Tool
- Cricut BrightPad (optional)
- Cricut EasyPress or Iron
- Spray Glue
- Black Ribbon
- Sewing machine or glue
Hocus Pocus Banner Directions
You have two main steps to making these banner pieces. First is to do the iron-on, second is to do the felt.
Iron-on Vinyl Spider Webs
Start by cutting out your iron-on using your Cricut. Make sure to mirror your image and place the iron-on vinyl with the shiny side down on the mat. (Read my post How to Use Cricut Iron On Vinyl). Then you’re going to weed it. Use your weeding tool to pull off all the negative space (anything that’s not spider web). I broke out my new Cricut Brightpad for this and it made the job a lot easier, especially weeding those tiny spider webs inside the “O”s in Hocus Pocus. If you want a video of the Brightpad in action, visit that video at the top of this post!
Once you have your vinyl weeded, you can adhere it to the black canvas banner. This was the first project where I was able to use my Cricut EasyPress instead of my iron and I am in LOVE. I know it’s not a cheap purchase, but if you do any significant crafting with iron-on vinyl, it’s a game changer. You can see it in action in that same video above. It’s basically a safer, easier heat press — or a big square evenly-heated iron. It adhered the glitter iron-on better than I could have imagined — I’m never going back to my iron!
Felt Hocus Pocus Letters
Once you have your iron-on finished, go ahead and cut your felt. I used my Cricut Maker and its amazing rotary blade to do this. You technically can cut felt on the Cricut Explore, but I was never really impressed with the results. The Cricut Maker, on the other hand, cuts felt like butter. Just upload the file and hit Make It! The Cricut Maker does the rest.
Then just use a little spray glue to adhere the letters to the pennants. You can then either sew the pennants together (chain-stitch style, like this Felt Candy Corn Garland) or you can sew or glue it to some black ribbon for a more solid look. I went with the latter, but either would work!
Here are a few sneak peeks of the mantel — using some awesome finds at Oriental Trading Company! I love these glitter pumpkin votive holders. I stacked them in my office to save some space while planning everything out, and liked it so much I kept it for the mantel!
I also have these mercury glass candle holders, which hold another project that’s coming soon — spider candle wraps!
I also used some simple tissue paper garlands behind the Hocus Pocus banner to give it a little extra depth!
Stay tuned for the full mantel reveal in a few days! In the meantime, let’s give away a Cricut Maker!
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