Halloween is a fun time of year for kids, however there are a lot of kids with food allergies and sensitivities that can’t enjoy traditional Halloween treats. In order for them not to feel left out, set out a teal pumpkin to let kids know that your house has non-food trinkets available for them. This Trinkets (Not Treats) Teal Pumpkin allows you to make it possible for all kids in your neighborhood to enjoy Halloween!
Learn more about this effort (as well as ideas for trinkets to give out) at the Teal Pumpkin Project®.
Trinkets (Not Treats) Teal Pumpkin
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This is a fairly easy project to make using either scissors or a Cricut machine (I have the Cricut Maker and I LOVE it). I created both an SVG file and a PDF file for the design. You can get both templates for free in my Resource Library or by clicking below:
Materials Needed to Make the Trinkets (Not Treats) Teal Pumpkin
STEP 1: Uploading the SVG File
Download the SVG file from the Resource Library and upload it into Cricut Design Space. The file will look like this:
STEP 2: Cutting the Lettering
Next, choose your desired colors of vinyl you want to use for the lettering and cut per the Cricut machine prompts. When you are finished cutting you will have three different sets of lettering to weed.
PLEASE NOTE: If you don’t have a Cricut machine and want to cut the pieces out by hand, you can use the PDF file (also available in the Resource Library) as a guide.
STEP 3: Weeding and Transferring the Lettering
These letters are all pretty easy to weed. When you’re finished you will have three sets of lettering,
I use the Cricut Weeder in all weeding. It allows you to easily remove the small excess pieces of vinyl in letters.
STEP 4: Transferring the Letters to Transfer Tape
Transfer tape makes application of lettering easy. Cut transfer tape slightly larger than the cut pieces of lettering.
Remove the transfer tape liner and carefully place the transfer tape over the letters starting from the middle and smoothing the tape out over all the letters. Use the Cricut XL Scraper to smooth the tape down thoroughly and with no bubbles. You will now have the transfer tape covering all letters.
Next, starting in the corner, begin to slowly peel away the transfer tape making sure the letters are stuck to the tape. If a letter doesn’t seem to be adhered to the tape, smooth it back down and go over it with the scraper again to make sure the letter attaches. This is a slow process so be sure not to rush this step.
Once the tape is removed, all the letters will be ready to transfer to the pumpkin.
STEP 5: Applying the Letters to the Pumpkin
Starting with the “Trinkets” lettering, position it where you want it on the pumpkin and apply. Smooth the tape down on the pumpkin to make sure the letters are adhering. Slowly pull away the transfer tape, making sure the letters are sticking to the pumpkin. If a letter isn’t sticking, smooth it back down and try again.
Continue with the “Allergy Safe” lettering following the same steps.
Finally, apply the “Not Treats” lettering with the transfer tape.
Peel away the transfer tape. The Trinkets (Not Treats) Teal Pumpkin is complete!
Where do I Get the SVG and PDF Files?
You can download the SVG and PDF files for this specific project by clicking below:
All of my free guides, how-tos, and more can also be found in my Resource Library. You can gain access to that library by clicking below: