DIY a Decorative Pumpkin

Make your own decorative pumpkin for the season.

final pumpkin

It’s the season, whether it is Halloween or Fall, this DIY Decorative Pumpkin works. I started with a plan to add flowers and a bow at the top, but after finishing the pumpkin, it was grand enough on its own. Nothing more is needed.


I found the pumpkin and napkins at Hobby Lobby. To apply the napkin, I made a mixture of white glue and water that got applied with a foam brush. Before applying the napkin, separate the layers and tear it into pieces.

Video Tutorial:

Making a Paper Owl Mask

Make your own owl mask with the free SVG file.

with CutCardStock

owl mask

What a fun time of the year to create. As the summer weather turns cooler the colors change to an autumn palette. This DIY mask can be worn for Halloween or made as a decorative piece to hang. If you change the color or eliminate some of the pieces you can totally change the look and feel of the mask. Create in all white and you’d have a beautiful winter owl.

The free SVG file was created as a part of the CutCardStock design team and is linked below.

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Video Tutorial:

basis papers

I chose the colors from the Basis line, weighted at 80# cover, and come in a variety of different colors.

Cricut Maker

Cutting this file on a Cricut Maker, I set it to cut 100# cardstock.

cut parts

All the pieces are cut and ready to assemble. I set the width of the file to 7.5″ to fit comfortably on the 8.5 x 11″ pieces.

inks and mask

I wanted to add some detail and depth to the mask so I chose to ink blend the pieces with Distress Oxide. Then I worked the pieces with a ball tool to add some actual dimension.


From this angle, you can see the dimension and a close-up of some of the ink blending. Adding a bit of elastic is all that is needed in order to wear the mask.

wearing the mask

A perfect fit!

Please visit the store to download the free SVG [Owl Mask]

Free Halloween SVGs

Grab a few free SVG files for you Halloween decorating.

Blog Hop

broom sign

Oh, it’s time to drive that broom, the season is upon us and you’ll need a place to park it. Grab this free SVG file and let everyone know to not get in your way! This free SVG is a part of a monthly free SVG blog hop. The theme this month is Halloween.

Grab the free SVG file from the store here: [Broom Parking SVG]

what tools

Not sure what Cricut tools you need or should use? Check out this post – What tools to Buy.

Need to know about the different vinyl products available? You can learn all about it at About Cricut Vinyl.

Cricut mats

Are you confused about the different colors of mats? This article will clear it all up for you. 
Which Mat Do I Use?

Check out all the fun and free Halloween SVG files linked below. I am sure you will find a great image to suit your need for this holiday season!

Persia LouCute Ghost SVG
We Can Make That!Candy Corn Cheetah Print
That’s What Che SaidWitches Be Crazy
Hello Creative FamilySpooky Vibes
The Girl CreativeHalloween Mode: ON
Life Sew SavoryThis is my Costume shirt
Homemade Heatheri put a spell on you
Try it – Like it – Create itbroom parking
Everyday Party MagazineCome We Fly
Kara CreatesWitches Brew
The Crafty Blog StalkerFour Jack O’Lanterns
Artsy-Fartsy MamaBroom Hair Don’t Care
Liz in CallHalloween Queen
Weekend CraftDrink up witches

And just for fun, I wanted to share my favorite witch dance video!

Ghostly Table Decor

Learn how to make this light-up ghost with easy-to-follow directions.

The leaves are falling and there is a slight chill in the air. Is that chill from the weather or our ghostly friend? This easy-to-make ghost will add a festive look to your decor, on a table or the mantle. Make one or a few. Included the kids – they will love the messy factor of the fabric stiffener!


  • DIY fabric stiffener (* recipe below)
  • White fabric (muslin, cotton, t-shirt, fabric diaper)
  • Googly eyes
  • @Glue Dots
  • Aluminum foil
  • Armature structure for ghost (**suggestions below)
  • Electric light – or electric candle

Ghost Directions:

Cover your work surface with aluminum foil, cover the armature with foil as well.

Place the fabric into the fabric stiffener, using your hands make sure the cloth is completely saturated. (this is the fun messy part)

Drape the saturated fabric over the armature. Take some time to place the fabric and adjust the folds. If you have areas of fabric that are longer than other areas, tuck them under so the bottom edge of the fabric is all at the same level.

Allow the fabric to completely dry.

Once dry, remove the fabric from the armature.

Attach the Googly eyes to the fabric using Glue Dots.

Place the light under the ghost and he is good to go boo all your friends.

*To make the fabric stiffener:
You will need:
corn starch

On the stove, boil 1/4 cup of water.
In a separate bowl, mix 1/4 cup of cold water and a Tbsp of corn starch. (mix well)
Add the cold mixture to the boiling water in the pan.
Stir constantly and allow the mixture to boil.
Remove from heat and allow it to cool.

** Armature:
An armature is a structure similar to a skeleton. It is the framework that will hold up and shape your fabric while it drys.

The Purex crystals bottle was the perfect shape, round at the top with long sides.

To make a similar shape, place a tennis ball on top of a soda can and cover it with foil.

Another option would be to put a small blown-up balloon into a glass and cover it with foil.

A Very Witchy Halloween Card

Celebrate Halloween with all the witches, grab this free SVG and enter to win a gift card from CutCardStock.

with a CutCardStock giveaway

It is the witching season, or at least for those that like to dress up as a witch! I am participating in a blog hop for Fall-oween with CutCardStock. There is a giveaway so make sure to read all the way through this post. I created this witchy card for the hop. The SVG file will be shared with you so you can make your very own card. I don’t know who you will send your card to, but I know this one is perfect for my sister!

Many of the items I use in posts are provided by the manufacturers to promote their products.
A special thanks to those brands who sponsor this site


The papers I used were actually scraps from projects past. Here is the list of colors I used from CutCardStock, the links are affiliates:

Cricut Maker

With a bit of adjustment to the file in Design Space, the Cricut Maker works its magic to cut all the colored cardstock in one go.

Now that everything is cut and weeded, it’s time to put it all together. Watch the video tutorial for all the tips and tricks.

Video Tutorial:

Free SVG

Here is the link to the free SVG file, it is listed in our shop. [witchy card SVG]

Theme: Fall or Halloween
Date: Saturday & Sunday, Sept 18th-19th
Projects: Treat packaging, decor, scrapbook layouts, mixed media pieces, cards, invitations, banners, etc.

To be eligible for the $40 gift card, comment at each stop along the hop or upload a project that includes a product from CutCardStock.

The winner will be randomly selected via a number generator and announced on Monday, Sept 20th on the CutCardstock Blog and Facebook page.

Hop List
• Janet Trieschman – you are here
Janet Axtman
Maureen Ruangchamneil
Jennifer Kotas
Leslie Turner
Judy VanZandt
Judy Markowitz

Suggested Materials:

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AZ – Amazon, SSS – Simon Says Stamps, O – Other
Cricut Maker® Machine
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Cricut Standard Grip Mat
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Cut Cardstock
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Scraperfect 32 Clog Writing Cap, Medium
Scraperfect 32 Clog Writing Cap, Medium
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Scraperfect Best Glue Ever
Scraperfect Best Glue Ever
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Best Costume SVG

You need this quick and easy costume for Halloween.

When you need a costume quick for Halloween, you’ve got the best costume ever! This fun twist on a costume works for even the least celebratory person. You will definitely get noticed! Grab the free SVG file, cut it in any color, iron-on, and go! Enjoy the party.

Free SVG file [costume]

This post is a part of the monthly SVG blog hop. Visit all the other free SVG files shown and linked below.

Halloween Printables

Grab this free set of printables for your Halloween crafting.

halloween print

A set of Halloween printables for crafting. You’ll get three pages of background images and one full of clip art images. The set is a downloadable zip file. Each page is a pdf. Print as many times as you want.

Grab these files from the store [Halloween printables]

Paper Pumpkin :: Tutorial

This fall make a three-dimensional pumpkin from paper for fun and decor.

Create one or a few of this easy paper pumpkin this fall. You can cut out the necessary pieces on your personal paper cutter or by hand. They aren’t that detailed. 


Materials needed:

  • Orange cardstock
  • Green cardstock
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Bone folder
  • Marker with cap
  • Personal cutting machine and free SVG file or template and scissors

This is the cutting template. You can print out the image, draw your own, or download this free SVG file. [SVG file]

opposite strips
Begin by lifting and gluing opposite strips together.

lifting strips
I chose to work in a random order of pairs, you can do this or work your way around the pumpkin in order.

This step is optional, I decided to add a bit of dimension to the leaf by drawing in veins with a bone folder and then bending the leaf to be more realistic.

attach leaf
Attach the leaf to the top of the pumpkin using a Glue Dot.

pen technique
Here is a trick for rolling the paper vine. I used a marker and put the end of the paper strip under the cap, then rolled the paper around the pen.

rolling paper
Once you are happy with the vine, remove it from the pen. I chose to roll it tighter once removed and just did it by hand.

I folded the vine and attached it under the leaf with a final Glue Dot. 

Mummy Wrapped Candle DIY

Make a quick and easy mummy candle for your Halloween decor.

Do you decorate for Halloween? Looking for a few easy and fun DIY ideas? I love easy decorating ideas. This wrapped Mummy Candle is easy, quick, and costs very little to make. In fact, most everything needed was found at the Dollar Tree. It’s a little messy, making it that much more fun to get involved!

* includes a recipe for DIY fabric stiffener



  • Fabric Stiffener **
  • Gauze
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue Dots – mini
  • Pillar candle


 remove label
remove the label from the candle

 fabric stiffener and fabric
Unroll the gauze and fully coat it in the fabric stiffener (messy part!)

Start with one end of the gauze and begin to wrap it around the candle. Do so over a protected area. I used a large plastic bag.
Continue to wrap leaving a space open for the eyes. You do not need to use the entire length of gauze, but I did.
Set it aside to dry. At this time you may want to light the candle so that it burns down a bit to better glow the eye area when used. 

 using glue dots
Attach the eyes using a Glue Dot. Take the eye to the Glue Dot and then remove it from the roll.
Try not to touch the Glue Dot with your finger so it remains as sticky as possible.

 attached eyes
Place the eyes.

 final candle

*To make the fabric stiffener:
You will need:

  • water
  • corn starch

On the stove, boil 1/4 cup of water. 
In a separate bowl, mix 1/4 cup of cold water and a Tbsp of corn starch. (mix well)
Add the cold mixture to the boiling water in the pan. 
Stir constantly and allow the mixture to boil and or thicken. 
Remove from heat and allow it to cool. 

– this recipe can be doubled

Pumpkin Shake-up DIY

Make these fun pumpkin shake-ups from recycled bottles.

I have created these cute Pumpkin Shake-ups. They are really easy to make and really fun to play with. A great craft to make with the kids, my daughter couldn’t wait to make her own. 

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Wash out the Aqua Ball then add 2-3 tbs water, 3-5 drops of dish soap, 2-3 drops of yellow food color, 1 drop red food color, 1/4 tsp of silver glitter. Replace the top of the bottle and give it a good shake. If there isn’t enough soap foam to fill the bottle, add a bit more dish soap. 

Decorate the front of the bottle with black vinyl faces. You can use this svg file to cut on a personal cutting machine or just use scissors. [pumpkin faces]

I opted to spray paint the tops of the bottles. Mine started out as pink. You can paint them, spray paint them, cover them in decorative tape or just leave them be. If little hands are going to play with the Pumpkin Shake-ups, you may find that you need to super glue the lids in place.

Enjoy them as a fun toy or fall decor.