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DIY Adorable Halloween Pumpkins with Cricut and Vinyl

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With fall now in full action and Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner you may be looking for ways to decorate your home to welcome your guests and trick or treaters? 

Instead of purchasing pumpkins that can rot easily and last a few days when carved, why not join the trend and customize your very own pumpkins with glitter, text and even animation such as google eyes. 

Best of all, you can choose your own text, color and words that will show your personality and who you are! 

Cricut DIY Vinyl Pumpkins for Halloween

Tutorial: DIY Cricut Halloween Pumpkins 

Follow our step-by-step tutorial to create your own DIY Halloween Pumpkins. Such a great way to welcome guests or trick or treaters to your home on this spooky day!

Supply List:

Step 1: Decorate Blank Pumpkins

The first step in creating your own customized pumpkins for this fall season is to decorate them with glitter or paint. 

Supplies required for this step: cardstock paper, tacky glue, star glitter, a foam paint brush and the blank pumpkins. 

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  • Place the cardstock down on your table. This will protect your work surface and it will also make it easier to pop the excess glitter back into its jar.
  • Grab a blank pumpkin and tacky glue. Before you start applying the glue think about what you would like as your end result or you can choose to follow the designs we created on our pumpkins. 
  • With the foam paint brush, begin brushing the glue around the area where you will want the glitter to be applied.
  • Slowly begin to sprinkle the glitter around the glue areas, make sure every portion is sprinkled with glitter.
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  • To place the excess glitter back in your container, lift your pieces of card stock and pour the glitter back into your glitter container. 
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  • Now repeat steps 1- 4 for the other three remaining blank pumpkins. At this point you can choose to cover your pumpkins in glitter all around or place a little bit here and there the way we did with our design. 
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  • For two of our designs we did not place glitter but rather a pair of googly eyes for cute factor. 
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  • Allow the pumpkins to dry for at least 30 minutes. 

Step 2: Prepare Design in Cricut Design Space

After your pumpkins have dried you will need to create your text and design that will go on your pumpkins. 

  • Begin by selecting the direct Cricut Design Space link.
  • Select “Open” and then select “Open Cricut Design Space Application.”
  • From there select “Edit Copy”.
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  • You can change the name for the pumpkins. We decided to use our surname., but you can use any words that you wish.

Note: You may need to resize the design to suit the size of your pumpkins. The design is sized for the large pumpkin and second to small pumpkin (if you are using the same set as us), you may need to resize if placing text on other pumpkin sizes. 

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  • Once you are satisfied with the design and sizing the next step is to get ready to cutting the design with your cutting machine.

Step 3: Cut & Weed Design 

Now that the design has been selected it is time to cut!

  • Grab your StandradGrip mat. Place the adhesive vinyl, shiny side up on your green StandardGrip mat. Use your scraper to remove any bubbles and/or wrinkles.
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  • In Cricut Design Space, click on “Make It”.
  • Select “Continue” and connect your Cricut machine. You will now be able to pick your material and cut settings. 
  • Load the mat into your cutting machine and follow the instructions to cut the vinyl sheet.
  • Next, use your weeding tool to help you lift the unneeded pieces of your design. Go slowly around the letters and fine details. Don’t forget to weed out the inside pieces.
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Note: You should be able to do your weeding with your fingers but use a weeding tool for smaller detail if required.

Step 4: Transfer Adhesive Vinyl to Pumpkins

Before we apply the adhesive vinyl to the pumpkin, make sure the glue is dry. 

  • It is much easier to use transfer tape/paper to move your adhesive vinyl decal over to the pumpkin. Cut your transfer tape so that it is the same size or slightly larger than your vinyl decal.
  • Place the transfer tape on top of the vinyl and use a scraper to remove any bubbles or bumps.
  • Use your scraper to rub over both the front and the back of the design. We want the image to stick to the sticky transfer tape, so that it will lift off the vinyl backing sheet.
  • Slowly peel the transfer tape and design from the top left-hand corner. Move slowly and try to work in a semi diagonal angle. If your decal is not lifting with the tape, place it back down and give it another good rub with the scraper
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  • Place the design on the pumpkin, making sure there are no bubbles or bumps. Try to make sure that it is in the center and that it is straight. 
  • Once again, use the scraper to rub over the design. This time we want it to stick to the pumpkin and to release from the transfer tape. I found that in some cases rubbing your finger over the design worked better than a scraper in the curved sections. 
  • Slowly peel back the transfer tape. Once again if your decal lifts, simply place the tape back down and rub over the problem area again. Place your transfer tape back on the backing paper (you can reuse transfer tape so don't throw it away). 
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  • Go ahead and complete your pumpkins this way. We created one small pumpkin with the words ‘fall yall!’ and the large pumpkin with our surname on one side and the stars on the other side.
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Finally, you have created your very own DIY Adorable Halloween pumpkins. The beautiful part about this project is you can use any glitter and create any freehand design to the pumpkins.

Make your pumpkins cute and fun by adding some googly eyes as we did to our collection. 

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