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Halloween Guide and Ideas
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Everyone loves to dress up for Halloween, but what about all those days, all month long, leading up to Halloween night? It's nice to show your Halloween spirit by wearing Halloween themed shirts whenever you can.

You can use computer transfer paper for your home printer and print out designs using photos or graphics. Remember, most Halloween pictures that you see on-line are copyrighted material so stick with using family Halloween photos for your t-shirt transfers or graphics that you know are freeware.

Transfer paper used to come in one type, for use on light colored shirts. You can now find transfer paper to use on dark fabrics. It works well on black or gray shirts. You can also use it for any other colored shirt and the up-side is this type of transfer paper seems to last longer and hold the color better than the standard transfer paper.

Using a Transfer:
Here is an easy step by step shirt design. You'll need your favorite Halloween photo, your computer, printer and transfer paper. You'll need a shirt, t-shirts work best but you can use any type of shirt in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. To print, follow the transfer paper manufactures directions. Also see them for washing instructions.

Choose a shirt that you like, be it a long sleeved t-shirt, sweat shirt or short sleeved t-shirt. Cotton works best. Black, gray, orange or purple are all good colors for Halloween.

Wash it and dry it, do not use fabric softener on it since it will make it harder for the transfer to adhere properly.

Using your computer, find a photo or graphic that you like. Open it up in a paint program like PhotoShop and size it according to the transfer paper size.

We used a graphic of an old Halloween postcard. The paper comes in 8 1/2" by 11". The dimensions used were 5 1/2" by 9" for our transfer. Print on plain paper first to see how it will look. If you like the color, print your transfer.

You'll need a flat surface to iron it on. Some papers recommend NOT using an ironing board so you'll need a table or counter top. Just make sure that you protect it from heat by laying down a towel or newspaper first.

Set iron at recommended heat and position the transfer on your shirt. Iron on transfer using recommended method.

Now, after the shirt cools, you can embellish the transfer using fabric paint. Make a border around the picture, add Halloween symbols, buttons, silk autumn leaves, what ever you want. Or just leave it plain, although where's the fun in that??!

Your finished shirt is now ready to be worn all season long! Let everyone know what kind of Halloween spirit you have!



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