With Autumn well and truly here, the candles, soft cushions and throws start to make an appearance in our homes, creating a cosy nest for Winter. With Halloween creeping around next week (how is it here already?) we couldn’t resist a pumpkin themed project to add to the Autumnal décor. We have had this wooden craft pumpkin since last Halloween, originally purchased from HobbyCraft. When we found it in our craft box, we jumped for joy as we knew vinyl would transform this into the ultimate sign for the front door/ window.
You can follow along with our simple steps below to create your very own or you may want to add the vinyl to a t-shirt or cushion.
For this project you will need:
A flat wooden craft project – Wooden pumpkin from HobbyCraft
HappyGlitter HTV: Fluo Orange, Watermelon
HappyFlex HTV: Black
HappyRelease paper or greaseproof paper
HappyPress or iron
Hand cutting: Permanent marker pen and a letter stencil
Measure your wooden project to see what size you would like the writing to be.
Machine cutting HTV:
Create your design on your cutting machine programme to the size you would like. We decided to create the slogan ‘Hey there Pumpkin’. This would be perfect to hang by a front door or in the window for people passing by to see. Make sure you reverse (mirror) your design before pressing cut on your machine.
Hand cutting HTV:
Choose a stencil, create your own and draw around this onto the front (shiny side) of the vinyl using a marker pen.
Add the vinyl sheet shiny side down onto the cutting mat and feed this into your machine. Make sure the correct settings are selected for the type of vinyl you are using. In our project we are using HappyGlitter iron on vinyl. Then click send to cut and watch the machine cut your design.
Use scissors to cut around your design.
Weed your design to reveal the lettering. We took the letters out of the 'Hey there' to create an opposite effect with a background of glitter.
The 'Pumpkin' we took away the background to reveal the letters as they are.
Place the first layer of your design onto the wood and add greaseproof paper on top. Press with an iron or heat press (2 dot setting/ 150 degrees) for 10 seconds making sure every part of the vinyl gets even pressure and heat.
Peel the top layer (shiny carrier) from the HappyGlitter vinyl whilst warm. Once the HappyFlex vinyl is cool to touch peel the carrier away too.
Add a second layer of vinyl if desired. We placed a layer of HappyGlitter vinyl on top of the HappyFlex to create a bold effect. Simply press and peel using the same previous steps.
You now have a cute decoration to hang adding an extra spooky but cute touch to a room or window display. It would definitely make anyone who walks past smile!
Why not choose different colours and designs for your pumpkin? We have a wide range of colours and effects to choose from online.
Here are a few ideas a group of amazing crafters created at our event a Halloween event a few years ago.
Created by @pinkcoatclub (Instagram)
Created by @emmakesandbakes (Instagram)
Created by @emmajewellcrafts (Instagram)
Aren't they fabulous?
How would you decorate yours?
Check out our range of colours and effects on our website.