DIY Trick-or-Treat Socks Using HTV

“Trick-or-treat! Smell my feet! Give me something good to eat!” It's that time of year for that silly jingle again! These festive DIY Halloween socks are an ode to some of my fondest childhood memories. In this DIY step by step tutorial I’m going to show you how easy it is to apply "Trick or Treat" with heat transfer vinyl on cotton socks. Get your electronic cutting machine out and let's get started!

Here's what you need:

ESTIMATED TIME: 30 minutes

(1) Design Set-up

Start by typing out your word or phrase and selecting a font. I'm using Bebas here which is one of my favorites.

Measure the length and width of the socks you're using and size the designs to fit accordingly.

Ungroup the letters and change the colors, alternating between orange, yellow and white.

After clicking "make it" each color will be separated onto mats.

(2) Cut and Weed

Load the first color into the machine and press the flashing GO button to cut.

Remember, when you're working with HTV always place it on the mat with the shiny side facing down.

Remove the excess heat transfer vinyl from around the letters and use a weeding tool to remove the smaller pieces.

Cut the letters apart and assemble your designs.

(3) Iron On

Press the bottom of the socks flat so that you have a nice clean surface to work with, then carefully iron on each letter.

I prefer to do one letter at a time, it helps me keep everything straight. You could also line the entire design up at once and iron it all on at the same time. If you do decide to do it one letter at a time be sure to avoid pressing the iron over letters that have already been applied to your socks.

That's all there is to it! Just be sure to wait 5-10 seconds before peeling the carrier sheet away from the HTV. Be sure to avoid pressing the iron over letters that have already been applied to your socks.

For more Trick-or-Treat fun check out these DIY treat bags, or get even spookier with our DIY Hocus Pocus shirts. Be sure to follow our Halloween Pinterest board for fresh fall posts!

About the Author


My name is Kayla and I’m a DIY loving mom of 3, living in North Carolina. I absolutely love creating! It doesn’t matter if it’s refinishing furniture or paper crafting, I love it all. I’m a former blogger for Silhouette America and current blogger for Cricut so I know the ins and outs of both machines and love teaching beginners all of the handy tips and tricks. Come visit my blog at or follow me on Instagram @kayla_made.

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