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
- 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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