EASY DIY YOUTH/ADULT HALLOWEEN COSTUME

Are you finding that Halloween is getting closer and closer, and you have yet to decide on a costume?  Is your teen having a fit because they have no costume? I have a tutorial for an easy DIY youth/adult Halloween costume using a freezer paper stencil!  I’ve included everything needed for this complete costume in the Supplies List.

I found that when my son was in high school, Halloween would come around, and he would be panicking.  “What am I going to dress up as?”. Then I would be in charge of thinking of something. Does that sound like you?  Or you are invited to a last-minute Halloween Party? “What am I going to wear?”. I am going to ease your mind just a bit by sharing with you one of the quick DIY costumes I made for my son (plus a couple more I made for me) when I was strapped for time.  The costumes are so cute and easy to make, your friends will be asking where you bought them!

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Supplies Needed:

STEP 1: OPEN YOUR DESIGN & MIRROR

Open your design in your Silhouette software by going to File, Open, and locating your design file.

Open design file

Once you have that file open, make sure it is mirrored.  If it’s not mirrored, that’s easy to remedy. You just

right-click on the design and select flip horizontally.  Once you do that, your design will be mirrored.  

Flip horizontally

But since mine’s already mirrored, we will go to cut settings.  

STEP 2: GET FILE READY FOR CUTTING

Once in the cut settings, you’ll want to look for the material type “Vellum”.  Now once you’ve done that you can scroll down until you see “Send to Silhouette”, but don’t click that button yet, as we need to first prepare our freezer paper before cutting.  

Cut settings
Vellum

STEP 3: PREPARE FREEZER PAPER

Now tear off a piece of freezer paper and place it down on our mat glossy side up.  

Once it’s on there we need to trim away any excess.  You don’t want to cover the unsticky margins of your mat or that will just interfere with your cutting machine rollers.  

Trim off excess
Clear sides of mat
Glossy side up

Now load your mat into the Silhouette machine.  Once you have the mat loaded, you can go ahead and click “Send to Silhouette” for cutting.  

Send to silhouette
Costume cutting

Once you’ve cut your design, it’s time to weed it.  But just make sure that you take only the outside of the stencil off the mat.  

STEP 4: ADHERE STENCIL TO T-SHIRT

Before you press the freezer paper stencil onto your shirt, make sure…DON’T FORGET…make sure to put a piece of cardboard in between the shirt so the fabric paint doesn’t bleed through to the back of the shirt.

Finished stencil

* Please excuse that this is a different stencil that I cut out in this picture.

We want to press the outside first before we tend to the little pieces.  

Iron stencil

Now when you go to press the little pieces down, you can use a pair of tweezers to make sure that you get them in the right position.  Make sure that you press down firmly so that they stick in place.  

Ironing small pieces

* Please excuse that this is a different stencil that I cut out in this picture.

STEP 5: NOW TIME TO PAINT

Start going over the letters with the fabric paint, and stencil brush.  Just make sure that each letter has a good dosing of the paint, then spread it around with the brush.  Don’t press too hard, or you’ll get it bleeding underneath the stencil. Repeat this step for all the other letters.  After it dries, go over the whole thing at least one more time just to make sure that you get good coverage.  

Costume painting

STEP 6: REMOVE YOUR STENCIL

Once all your layers are dry, you want to carefully peel off the main portion of your stencil.  

Costume peeling off stencil

* Please excuse that this is a different stencil that I cut out in this picture.

For the little pieces you can use some tweezers to help get those off more easily. 

Costume picking small pieces of stencil

* Please excuse that this is a different stencil that I cut out in this picture.

After removing all the stencil pieces, let it dry overnight to make sure that it is good and set.  Now sit back and admire your t-shirt for your easy DIY youth/adult Halloween costume!

Easy DIY Youth/Adult Halloween Costume Standing
Easy DIY Youth/Adult Halloween Costume Pointing At Chicken
Easy DIY Youth/Adult Halloween Costume Hugging Chicken

YOU’VE COMPLETED YOUR EASY DIY YOUTH/ADULT T-SHIRT (HALLOWEEN COSTUME)! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Easy DIY youth adult Halloween costume

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