Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt that’s Perfect for the Pumpkin Patch!

We always go to the pumpkin patch every October, and this year our window of available dates was dramatically reduced thanks to a prolonged work trip of my husband’s.  He’d be traveling to Japan for several weeks, so we only had a few days where we could squeeze in a trip to the farm….and wouldn’t you know it that that’s when a heat wave has to roll on through. #thanksglobalwarming

My mom had already purchased my son a cute little jack-o-lantern shirt that I was planning on having him wear, however, it was long-sleeved and would be much too hot.

Sooooo, on the day of our annual outing, I whipped up this cute little short-sleeved replacement while Rowan was napping and it worked perfectly for our fun-filled HOT afternoon at the pumpkin patch!

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

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Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt

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My Design

You all know I love cute freebies (check this out for lots of resources!), and that’s just what I used for this shirt.  These cute jack-o-lanterns were a daily freebie from Daily Art Hub and I just thought they were so stinking adorable that I had to use them in a project for my little man….and what’s more appropriate for a pumpkin patch shirt than a gaggle of silly pumpkins??

I created my design in Silhouette Studio since I’d be cutting it out in HTV with my beloved Silhouette Cameo.

I simplified the originals quite a bit since I’d just be using one shade of orange and left out the red tongues….this was supposed to be a quick project, after all!  I also flipped the middle row’s set of stumps to add some interest, and rearranged the faces so they were evenly spaced in terms of facial features.

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Oh, I also used this same set of cute pumpkins to make the balloons for Rowan’s fun skeleton trick-or-treat bag (and it glows in the dark!).  You gotta grab up those freebies while they’re available because you never know what you’ll end up using them in!

Fun Skeleton Trick-or-Treat Bag that GLOWS in the DARK! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Cutting Out the HTV

I first cut out the pumpkins in some orange HTV with my Silhouette Cameo using the Heat Transfer Material: Smooth settings:

  • Blade: 2
  • Speed: 5
  • Thickness: 4

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Then I cut out the stumps in some green HTV.

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Here are the HTV pieces once trimmed and weeded….looking cute already!

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Applying the HTV

Now it was time to apply everything, so I pulled out my stand-in ironing board (a.k.a. a cookie sheet) and pre-heated my iron to the Cotton setting.  I first ironed the shirt to remove any wrinkles, then put the pumpkins into position.

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

After placing my multi-use paper overtop (I definitely recommend one of these if you’re also applying HTV with an iron!), and got to adhering the pumpkins.  All it took was about 10-15 seconds of firm, even pressure and they stuck to the shirt like glue.

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Here’s how it looked after the clear backing was removed.  They look cute like this without their little tops, but….

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

….since I already cut the green fellas out, I went ahead and added them next following the same steps.

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

The Final Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt!

And here’s Rowan’s final pumpkin patch shirt!  I think it turned out so well, especially for a last-minute project during nap time….mom to the rescue! :)

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Rowan completed his pumpkin patch attire with some black high-tops, a black hat, and his signature shades (Halloween-style of course).  He is one cool kid after all. :)

We got lots of compliments on his silly-faced shirt and he wore it proudly (along with the farm’s sticker) while picking out his pumpkin….

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

….and going down a giant tube slide….857 times….in a row….

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

….followed by more slide fun.

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

And some swinging.

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

And getting lost in a hay maze with Dad.

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

And playing in a corn crib (with Dad creeping in the background).

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Or going for a spin (or dozen) in the mini corn barrel pull.

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

All in all, it was another fun family outing at the pumpkin patch.  So thanks, Heat Wave, for giving me the motivation to whip up this cute custom shirt for my little boy! :)

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  And Happy Halloween!

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.

Comments

  1. Is that Connor’s Farm??

  2. Hi Christine, First of all, your son is so ADORABLE. You are a great photographer to capture all of these special moments. Two questions for you: If you could peel the robot off of the shirt, is HTV very durable? (I haven’t used any yet, so still trying to figure out how it all works.) Also, your cookie sheet ironing board–is this something you recommend for those without a heat press? Thank you for your advice.

    • Hi Jamie! As far as the HTV goes, I guess I should have noted that I really had to YANK it off. It certainly didn’t come off easily. The brand I used was from Square1 Masterpiece and it holds up pretty well in the wash. It seemed like the ink faded a bit, but I think that was more due to my crappy printer (I can’t wait to get a new one!). There was minimal fraying on parts of the edges, but nothing a little snip of the scissors wouldn’t take care of. It’s the only brand of printable HTV I’ve ever used and I like it for the most part. It works REALLY well for items that don’t require washing, like the sugar skull makeup bag I made.

      For the cookie sheet part, I really like using that now for several reasons. A big one is just that I’m lazy and it’s a short walk to the kitchen from my dining/craft room. I also sometimes don’t have an empty cardboard box laying around to use. Sometimes the cardboard I do have isn’t big enough with a nice flat panel, and it can cause creases when ironing HTV on over a gap. I also think the fact that it’s metal and heats up from the back too is a nice bonus. :)

      • Thanks for the reply, Christine! I will try the cookie sheet method when I finally do my heat transfer project. It seems like a great idea, even though my ironing board is conveniently located!

        Have you ever looked into having the feature on your blog where people can check a box to follow the comments? (Like they do on the Silhouette blog.) It is so helpful to receive an e-mail whenever someone has posted a new comment to a posting I am interested in.

        Keep up the great work! I love your posts and your clever ideas!

  3. I always love your Silhoeutte projects, and this is no exception. Perfect for the season!

    • Thanks so much, Kim! I am a *little* obsessed with my Silhouette so I try to use it as much as I can. This shirt worked great for our pumpkin patch excursion….and you can’t beat last minute! ;)

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