Is your street big on trick or treating? How do you like to prep your house for Halloween? We used our new Cricut Joy machine from Big W to style a custom DIY COVID-safe trick or treat for Halloween – perfect for 2020! Read on for the details and stay safe during the COVID pandemic with these little tips!
What is the Cricut Joy?
The Cricut Joy is a brand new portable digital cutting machine. It’s an awesome tool to use for parties, especially last-minute customisation ideas.
The machine cuts designs and shapes out of cardstock and vinyl so you can personalise lots of items and theme your parties.
It’s available, along with accessories and materials, to buy online now from Big W – pretty exciting!
You can create so many unique things for parties – customise party hats, paper cups, paper plates, even t-shirts.
A COVID safe trick or treat
For this trick or treat, we decided to run with the idea of ‘kids visit witches house during COVID to score some treats’. Here’s what we used to create the look!
Custom DIY t-shirts for our trick or treaters
For our kids’ t-shirts, we chose a design from the Cricut Design Space, featuring the cheeky pun ‘Witch better have my candy’. We used silver iron-on smart vinyl on plain t-shirts from Big W. The kids also wore cute Halloween cloaks from Big W too.
For Cricut owners, the ID of this design in the Cricut Design Space is #M3B51F5C
Scroll down for a full tutorial about how we made the t-shirts with our Cricut Joy.
Custom DIY buckets
Rather than a traditional loot bag or basket, our trick or treaters had buckets – because when you’ve had a year like 2020, you’re going to need a bucket load of sweets! We customised the buckets with the words ‘trick or treat’ in traditional purple vinyl from the Cricut smart vinyl range.
For Cricut owners, the ID of this design in the Cricut Design Space is #MFB138D2
Custom cauldrons and loot bags
We customised two cauldrons from Big W with the text ‘Dig in’ using a font from the Cricut Design Space. To keep it all Covid safe, each cauldron had plastic scoops so no treats were touched during the exchange. One of the cauldrons contained mini chocs, and the other had lollies which were safely packaged in loot bags and customised with a witch’s hat.
Some tips for a COVID-safe trick or treat
- whether you’re visiting or expecting – sanitise always and regularly!
- keep treat baskets outside
- use scoops and tongs to avoid touching treats
- offer pre-packaged items
- don’t forget to mask up where possible!
Cricut Joy t-shirt tutorial
It’s so easy to create with the Cricut Joy! Here are the instructions for creating customised t-shirts. These are the t-shirts we used.
- Set up your design in the Cricut Design Space – an app which allows you to design and control your Cricut Joy right from your phone! We used design #M3B51F5C
- Proceed to the next stage to begin your cutting set up. I did not use a mat for my material
- Grab your material and load it into the machine. We used Cricut Smart Iron-On vinyl in silver. You’ll need to prompt the app so the machine can feed the material in. For Iron-On, always make sure your material is shiny side down. Also, don’t forget that with Iron-On you also need to make sure the design is flipped (mirrored). The app will remind you before you cut
- Once the material is loaded, press GO and that’s it!
- After the cutting is finished, the ‘excess’ or background of the design needs to be removed from the backing, leaving only the design. This is done with a tool called a weeder
- Use an iron to ‘press’ the material onto your t-shirts. Use medium-high heat, and press each part of the design firmly for about 20 seconds. You can also purchase a speciality heat press, which is perfect for the Cricut Joy.
- When you are confident that the design has stuck, remove the shiny backing sheet carefully
- Voila, custom t-shirts done!
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