Halloween and Fall are getting closer every day (a matter of weeks away now!), so I thought it would be fun to get started on those festive crafts. I wanted to put together something that was quick, fun, and most important – budget friendly. Here at HAD, SVG cutting files are well-loved when it comes to crafting so it’s no surprise that we snuck one into this cute little decor tutorial! I will be using Silhouette Studio and a Silhouette Cameo for this but you are welcome to use any cutting software and hardware that you would like. Are you ready to learn how to take a dollar store bin and turn it in to a Halloween decoration with vinyl SVG?! Let’s get to it!
First things first – make sure you have the supplies. You will need: cutting mat for your cutting machine, adhesive vinyl in chosen color, transfer paper for lifting the design, and of course your dollar store bin! I chose an orange one but you can use any color you’d like.
Time to load up your jack-0-lantern face SVG cutting file! Use our free svg cutting file that goes alongside this tutorial, one of your own, or check out our entire set of jack-0-lantern svg’s available over at our shop! Once you have the design loaded into your software, resize as needed to fit your bin. I went with 6 inches wide to cover a good portion of the surface of my particular dollar store bin.
Once you are satisfied with the sizing, go into your cut settings and choose “Cut”. Also, make sure you have “Vinyl” set as your material and that your blade settings are all correct. I recommend a 1 or 2 for the blade setting but no more than that. If the blade cuts too deep, the backing of the vinyl will be cut as well and this can make it difficult when peeling the design off later!
Place your vinyl down onto your cutting mat. Be sure to match up the orientation to how it was arranged on your software. Using the cutting mat is not required when working with vinyl but I prefer to use it and recommend doing so for more precision!
Once the design is cut out, it’s time to prep the vinyl for the peeling stage! To do this, you are going to use your transfer paper. Cut out pieces of transfer paper to match the sizes of the individual pieces of the design. Remove the back side of the transfer paper so that the sticky side is exposed. Carefully place the transfer paper pieces, sticky side down, onto the design pieces and smoothen out while pressing firmly to make sure it is secure.
Time to remove those designs from the mat! Grab a corner of transfer paper and begin pulling it away slowly. Check that the design is being pulled back along with the paper as you go. If the design is not being pulled, firmly press the transfer paper back over the design to ensure it is attached to the pieces and try again. All pieces of the design should be able to be pulled away and stuck onto the transfer paper.
Once all of your pieces are detached, begin placing them onto your bin! To do this, find the spot where you’d like your designs to be placed and press each piece down starting from their corners and working your way across. Smooth out any bubbles and avoid creating creases before you remove the transfer paper. You can draw a temporary line for lining everything up easier if you prefer but I typically use the first placed piece as a guideline.
Remove all transfer tape and voila! Your jack-0-lantern dollar store bin is now complete! Customize and mix up these cute little bins however you’d like (name personalization, other SVG images, etc.)! These bins will work great for storing Halloween candy, gifts, and so much more! Get crafting and have a spooky-good time! 🙂