DIY: Hocus Pocus Decorative Halloween Garland

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hocus Pocus! Between Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and all of those memorable quotes (and hairstyles), it’s no surprise that this film is a beloved cult classic for so many.

Fun fact — the Sanderson Sisters did not actually start out as an October blockbuster, but rather the Halloween movie was originally released in the month of July!

But whether it’s Halloween in July or October, you can count on our house watching Hocus Pocus (possibly several times) each season. It’s always been one of my favorite Halloween movies, and now as an adult, I love it just as much — if not more!

Last year to celebrate, I made some spooky booOOOoook brownies, and this year, I’ve put together a new Hocus Pocus DIY for a subtle, geek chic Halloween garland that you can add to your fall decor.


What You Need:

  • Downloaded files
  • Card stock paper — orange, brown, black, yellow, purple, cream
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Yarn or string
  • Cricut Explore Air II and cutting accessories (mat, weeder) — please note, if you do not have a Cricut, you can still create your own garland by cutting out each piece by hand

If you have a Cricut, you can access this project on my Cricut Design Space profile.

Download the files in the material list (above) and cut them out at the size of your liking. For my garland, I cut my pieces at the following sizes. For the Sanderson Sister outlines, I cut Sarah (on yellow paper) and Winnie (on orange paper) at 3 in. wide and Mary (on purple paper) at 2.5 in. wide. For their face shapes, I eyeballed the size, cutting them out on cream paper and gluing them to the hair outlines. For Binx, our black cat, I cut him at 3.5 in. wide on black paper. The pumpkins were cut at 3 in. wide on orange paper and the cauldrons were cut at 3.5 in. wide on black paper. For the lettering, I cut the pieces at around 2.5 inches height on brown recycled paper.

Depending on how long you’d like your garland to be, you can add as many pieces to your garland as you’d like. I found that it was easier to hang my string at the desired height/length first. Then, once my pieces were cut, I attached them to my string with tape so that I had the spacing exactly how I wanted it.

Once your garland is assembled, add fairy lights behind the decoration for an extra magical touch.

See? I told you this was an easy DIY! After all, it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!

P.S. Don’t I have the most photogenic puppy ever?!



  1. Kiara A Catanzaro
    October 10, 2018 / 9:53 am

    This is SO cute and festive! Hocus Pocus is on my watch list for the season. My husband and I are planning to watch some movies tonight! P.S. yes, your puppy is so sweet! Thanks for sharing, girl!

    • monicamiller58
      October 10, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      I vote for you to watch Hocus Pocus! It’s always so much fun! Hope you guys have a fun movie night.

  2. October 10, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    The garland looks great! It is one of my sister’s favorite movies, and she has a cricut. I’m sending this to her.

    • monicamiller58
      October 10, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Awesome! If she has a Cricut, this would be so easy for her to make! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing it!

  3. October 10, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    This is adorable! And yes, you’re dog is very photogenic.

    • monicamiller58
      October 10, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      He’s a cutie for sure, and thanks!

  4. October 10, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    This is TOO cute! And your pup looks adorable!

    • monicamiller58
      October 14, 2018 / 9:25 am

      Thanks! He always conveniently places himself where I am trying to take pics. πŸ™‚

  5. October 11, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Ooh yay, a fellow Cricut crafter! I just purchased mine and am in need of some more DIY ideas to use it for! I’m yet to see Hocus Pocus (I know, I know!), but I still think this is a super cute garland. Great job!

    • monicamiller58
      October 14, 2018 / 9:24 am

      Thanks! And I’m so happy to hear you got a Cricut! It’s so much fun to use! Can’t wait to see what you make.

  6. October 11, 2018 / 8:46 am

    ahh this is so cute! I just decided to decorate our living room and definitely have to add this to my craft list!

    • monicamiller58
      October 14, 2018 / 9:25 am

      Yes! It’s the perfect timing for a little Hocus Pocus touch!

  7. October 11, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Hocus Pocus is one of my all-time favorite Halloween movies. This is the cutest garland!

    • monicamiller58
      October 14, 2018 / 9:26 am

      Thanks! And I agree! I’m not much for scary movies, so this is the perfect Halloween flick for me!

  8. Cristina
    October 12, 2018 / 2:19 am

    This looks so pretty and neat! I love that there are fairy lights as well.

    • monicamiller58
      October 14, 2018 / 9:27 am

      Fairy lights go with anything, IMO! They just add that extra little sparkle. πŸ™‚

  9. October 12, 2018 / 8:31 am

    Oh my gosh i need to make this. I am obsessed with Hocus Pocus.

    • monicamiller58
      October 14, 2018 / 9:23 am

      Same! I love that movie – it gets better every time I watch it!

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