I’m always looking for alternatives to carving pumpkins and these Cricut cut vinyl stickers might be my new favorite way to decorate Halloween pumpkins.
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How to create vinyl pumpkin stickers with a Cricut
Cutting vinyl with a Cricut Explore or Maker is one of my favorite uses for the machine. You can create so many amazing looking projects at home with vinyl. These pumpkins are a great example of a homemade craft looking SO good!
To create a vinyl Halloween pumpkin sticker you’ll need a good quality vinyl. I recommend permanent vinyl for this project so you know it will adhere to the pumpkin. I like Oracal 651 because it is permanent and water-resistant and will withstand exposure to the elements and stay put!
For this project you only need a few supplies: Vinyl and Transfer Tape. If you want the background of your pumpkin to be a different color you can paint it! I painted mine black with craft paint and let it completely dry before I attached the stickers.
Where to get Halloween images to cut with Cricut
How will you decorate your Halloween pumpkins? What images do you want to cut with vinyl? The options are endless. Here are 4 places you can get Halloween SVG cut files to make Cricut cut vinyl sticker pumpkins.
- Cricut Design Space– is always my go to first stop. When you get into design space and navigate to the left side menu “images” you can type in the search bar for specific words like Halloween, Black Cat, Skull, etc. If Cricut doesn’t have something you love there are other websites that sell SVG files.
- Etsy– There are so many great designers who sell their SVG files on Etsy.
- Design Bundles– Another fun site that sells SVG files
- Craft Bundles– And yet another site that sells great SVG files
Looking for the right file can be a little overwhelming since there are SO many options. I recommend thinking about exactly what you want and searching for more specific words like “black cat” or “halloween skull” because if you just type in Halloween you’ll get 426,000 options. ha!
How to apply vinyl stickers to a pumpkin
To adhere adhesive vinyl after It’s cut on the Cricut transfer tape or contact paper is typically used. If your shape is a super simple silhouette, like the skull or bats on my larger pumpkin you can just take it off the backing with your fingers and apply like you would a normal sticker.
However if your design is large, has details or needs to be spaced a certain way with different pieces you’ll want to transfer it with another sticky paper.
I really like just dollar store contact paper when I run out of the more expensive transfer tape. The Cricut transfer tape is VERY sticky so if I use it I usually put the sticky side on a t-shirt or something a few times to get rid of a little of the stickiness.
- Open Cricut Design Space and a new project.
- On the left hand menu select images and type into search: Old Black Magic #M7E878C3, select the image "Insert Image" on the bottom right corner
- Measure your pumpkin and decide how big you want the sticker to be, then resize the image in Cricut Design Space.
- Cut a piece of vinyl large enough for your image, place it on a regular grip cutting mat and load it into the Cricut Explore or Maker. Click Make it on the top right corner of the Design Space screen. - Cut the image!
- Once the image is done being cut remove the vinyl from the mat and weed out the pieces around the sticker that will not go onto the pumpkin.
- After all the negative vinyl is removed use transfer tape or contact paper to remove the sticker from the vinyl paper. You'll want to press or use a spatula tool to make sure the sticker is stuck onto the transfer tape and then slowly remove the backing paper. This will leave you with the sticky side exposed.
- Apply the sticker to the pumpkin. Start at the left side and slowly press the sticker into the pumpkin. Because it is not a flat surface it may bubble or need to be folded at small areas.
- Rub the sticker firmly onto the pumpkin with a spatula too or the side of a ruler. Remove the contact paper and you're done!
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