Easy Candy Corn T-shirt Tutorial for Halloween Gifts
There’s nothing corny about making this festive t-shirt! I’m here to show you how to use this quick and easy DIY Candy Corn T-shirt tutorial to make a great gift for any fall occasion – birthdays, Halloween parties, baby showers, etc.
With a project this adorable, you’ll want to make one for everyone you meet!
I’ll describe the basic process I used and the “slice” feature in Cricut Design Space. You can apply the same idea to almost any state, but Illinois’ shape is just perfect for this project. Midwest representin’!
So without further delay, (you are here for the tutorial I presume, right?) here is my Candy Corn T-shirt Tutorial:
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STEP 1: GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES FOR THIS EASY CANDY CORN T-SHIRT TUTORIAL
- Blank t-shirt or onesie (I used these from jiffyshirts.com)
- Yellow, Orange, and White heat transfer vinyl
- Light box (optional, but it’s a MUST for me when working with white vinyl)
- Cricut EasyPress (or a standard iron)
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Compatible cutting mat
- Weeding tools
- Cricut EasyPress mat (or thick towel)
- State of Illinois svg (See Step 2)
STEP 2: DOWNLOAD A SVG OF YOUR STATE & UPLOAD IT TO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE
For this project, I’m obviously using the silhouette of Illinois. I found this one here. I’m sure you could browse around on this site and find a svg file of any state. Once you have found a suitable file, you will want to:
- Download the svg to your computer.
- Open Cricut Design Space and in a New Project, click on the “Upload” button on the left sidebar.
- Click on the “Upload Image” button and then the “Browse” button to navigate to where you’ve saved your image.
- Double click on the file
- Add an image name and tags and click “Save.”
- Now your image will be saved to Recently Uploaded Images under the Upload tab.
- Click on your image and hit the “Insert Images” button, which will take you back to your canvas for further manipulation.
STEP 3: IN CRICUT DESIGN SPACE, SLICE YOUR STATE SVG INTO THIRDS & ASSIGN COLORS
Ok, now you have the silhouette of your state open in Cricut Design Space. Splitting the shape into three sections to cut separately is fairly straightforward using the “Slice” function. I like reading directions, but if you prefer to follow along with screen shots, I’ve included those below as well. Let me know if you have questions!
To slice your image:
- STEP 1: In the left navigation, click on the “shapes” button, and then select the square from the shape options that pop up.
- STEP 2: A gray box will appear somewhere on your canvas. In the lower left corner of the gray square, you will see a small blue circle with a symbol of a lock. Click on the lock to adjust the shapes width and height. The easiest way to do this is select the green circle with the arrow symbol in the lower right corner of the square and drag the shape into the size you want. For more precise sizing, you can also do this using the “size” fields at the top of your screen.
- STEP 3: Position the rectangle of the center portion of the state effectively splitting the state into thirds. You will want the rectangle to overhang the state a bit. (steps continued below)
- STEP 4: Once you are satisfied with the placement of the rectangle, rubber-band select both the state and the rectangle, and then click the “slice” button.
- STEP 5: Now if you select the gray rectangle, you will be able to drag the layers of the sliced image. Delete the two top layers of the middle section of Illinois. Then make the section orange.
- Repeat all of these steps for the lower section of the state, but instead of making it orange, make it white.
- Lastly, change the color of the top section of Illinois to yellow.
STEP 4: CUT & WEED YOUR HEAT TRANSFER VINYL
Make sure the material dial on your Cricut Explore Air 2 is set to “Heat Transfer” and that the three sections of the state have “mirror” selected before cutting.
Once the decals are cut, remove them from your cutting mat and weed the excess vinyl leaving only the mirrored vinyl on the plastic vinyl sheets.
STEP 5: IRON/TRANSFER THE VINYL TO YOUR T-SHIRT
Place a thick towel or your Cricut EasyPress mat on a sturdy work surface, and preheat your iron or Cricut EasyPress to 315 degrees. I started from the top of the state with the yellow htv, then worked my way through the orange and finally the white.
I can not wait to start giving this Candy Corn T-shirt as a gift this Halloween! If you use this Candy Corn T-shirt tutorial, I’d love to hear how it worked for you. And as always…
If you need help brainstorming or creating your own custom gift, please reach out to me! I’d love to help!
More later! The craft room is calling, and I must go…