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!
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Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt
- Black t-shirt (I reused the one from Rowan’s Valentine’s Day robot shirt. I just yanked off the printable HTV….told ya this was last-minute!)
- Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) in orange and green
- Silhouette Cameo & cutting mat
- Multi-use paper
- Cookie sheet
- Cute little boy in a black hat and sunglasses :)
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.
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!
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
Then I cut out the stumps in some green HTV.
Here are the HTV pieces once trimmed and weeded….looking cute already!
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.
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.
Here’s how it looked after the clear backing was removed. They look cute like this without their little tops, but….
….since I already cut the green fellas out, I went ahead and added them next following the same steps.
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! :)
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….
….and going down a giant tube slide….857 times….in a row….
….followed by more slide fun.
And some swinging.
And getting lost in a hay maze with Dad.
And playing in a corn crib (with Dad creeping in the background).
Or going for a spin (or dozen) in the mini corn barrel pull.
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! :)
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Friday 30th of September 2016
Is that Connor's Farm??
Friday 30th of September 2016
Nope, this is Tate Farms in northern AL. :)
Thursday 29th of October 2015
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.
Monday 2nd of November 2015
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. :)
Monday 26th of October 2015
I always love your Silhoeutte projects, and this is no exception. Perfect for the season!
Monday 26th of October 2015
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! ;)