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Easy DIY Vinyl Pumpkin Without a Cutting Machine

Use vinyl to make your own custom Halloween pumpkin designs, even if you don’t have a fancy cutting machine. This easy DIY vinyl pumpkin tutorial includes a printable design and step-by-step instructions to transfer it to vinyl, cut, and decorate a pumpkin.

Hello! I’m Keri from One Mama’s Daily Drama and I love making simple crafts that don’t take a lot of time or money. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own DIY vinyl pumpkin using just your home printer and a few everyday craft supplies.

Easy Vinyl Pumpkin without a cutting machine

While a cutting machine is on my wish list, I don’t think I would use it often enough to justify the cost. If you can relate, you’ll love how easy this project is.

How to Make a DIY Vinyl Pumpkin

You can use my printable template below that says “Happy Halloween!” or create your own phrase in your favorite word-processing program. Since I’m cutting by hand, I chose a simple print font called “Autumn Spice.”

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vinyl pumpkin supplies

Instructions

Just follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll be able to make your own DIY vinyl pumpkin too. It’s so easy and there is no mess.

1. Start by printing your text or image.

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vinyl lettering template

2. Attach the text to the vinyl.

Trim around the text, leaving it in one big piece. Tape it to the back side of the vinyl. Use the gridlines to cut a rectangle around the text. This makes it easier to trim the letters.

vinyl lettering

3. Next, cut out the text letters.

Carefully cut out each letter and symbol from the vinyl with the scissors. Remember that it is only taped along the edge, so hold it carefully to make sure the template doesn’t move. {I’ve accidentally cut through letters before!}

vinyl letters
cutting vinyl letters

4. Attach the vinyl letters to the transfer tape.

This step is optional – you could peel the backing off the vinyl and stick them onto the pumpkin. Using the transfer tape makes sure that your letters are nice and straight.

Cut a piece of transfer tape that is the same size as your vinyl was. Peel off part of the transfer tape backing {I just folded mine up, in half} and stick the letters vinyl-side down onto the sticky side. Use the gridlines on the transfer tape to make sure your letters are straight and spaced the way you want them.

Once I had the bottom row of letters in place, I folded the transfer tape backing down over them and then folded the top of the backing down so that I could line up the top row of text.

vinyl letters on transfer tape
vinyl pumkin text: Halloween
vinyl letters on transfer tape

When all of the letters are in place, use the ruler to smooth down the letters between the transfer tape and its backing. This will ensure that the layers separate easily in the next step.

transfer tape for pumpkins
Happy Halloween vinyl lettering

5. Finally, attach the vinyl to the pumpkin.

Peel the backing off of the transfer tape. Carefully remove the backing from each vinyl letter too. Stick your text onto the pumpkin where you want it to go. Smooth down each letter from the center out, making sure to get into the grooves of the pumpkin. Peel off the transfer tape and re-smooth any letters if needed.

vinyl lettering
Happy Halloween pumpkin
Happy Halloween pumpkin letters
Halloween pumpkin lettering
Happy Halloween on a pumpkin

This simple vinyl pumpkin is the perfect addition to a bookshelf, mantle or tablescape – no matter what your fall and Halloween decorating style is.

You could make this pumpkin last even longer by making it reversible. Try “Happy Halloween!” on the front and “Happy Thanksgiving!” on the back. {Both phrases are included in the free download above.}

Learn how to cut vinyl to make a custom Halloween pumpkin design, even if you don’t have a fancy cutting machine like a Silhouette or Cricut. This easy no carve pumpkin tutorial includes a printable design and step-by-step instructions to decorate a fall or Halloween pumpkin for your front porch. #pumpkins #halloweendecorations #halloweencrafts #falldecorations #fallfrontporch #halloween #kenarry
Learn how to cut vinyl to make a custom Halloween pumpkin design, even if you don’t have a fancy cutting machine like a Silhouette or Cricut. This easy no carve pumpkin tutorial includes a printable design and step-by-step instructions to decorate a fall or Halloween pumpkin for your front porch. #pumpkins #halloweendecorations #halloweencrafts #falldecorations #fallfrontporch #halloween #kenarry
Learn how to cut vinyl to make a custom Halloween pumpkin design, even if you don’t have a fancy cutting machine like a Silhouette or Cricut. This easy no carve pumpkin tutorial includes a free printable design and step-by-step instructions to decorate a fall or Halloween pumpkin for your home or front porch. #pumpkins #halloweendecorations #halloweencrafts #falldecorations #fallfrontporch #halloween #kenarry

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