I’m usually not that “into” decorating for Halloween, but I do like to do a little something fun each year. Last year a bat colony invaded my front door and this year I decided to add SPIDERS to the invasion! I was looking for something that was simple to make but that also made a statement! This fit the bill perfectly and I just love how it turned out! I hope you do too!
First step – head on over to Michaels.com or HobbyLobby.com for a few simple craft supplies. But before you do, make sure you check out the deals to be had at both stores through Chippmunk.com. Between the two you can find ANYTHING you need for your Halloween home decor!
For the bat invasion I used my Silhouette Cameo machine which I have recently developed a mad crush on! :-) You can purchase the machine at either craft store, but that would make this craft project a bit pricey. :-) Or you could do what I did LAST year (before I had a Cameo) and simply trace the bat shape onto some black cardstock and cut it out with a pair of scissors. Here is a template you can use that I made with the help of MarthaStewart.com:
To download the template CLICK HERE.
Once you have enough bats to cover your door, simply stick them on using masking tape or whatever other sticking method you desire. Fun huh?
Now, as scary as bats are….combine them with a spider invasion and you have something truly sPoOoOoOoKy!!!
While not QUITE as simple as the bats, the spiders really are a cinch to make!
Here’s what you need:
- styrofoam balls (mine were 6″ diameter)
- black pipe cleaner (eight for each spider)
- black spray paint
Here’s what you do:
Spray styrofoam balls with black paint. I put mine on a large plastic trash bag as a drop cloth in the back yard and sprayed away. It took several coats because those balls like to soak up the paint! But I only waited a few minutes between each coat and they were all covered and dry in less than an hour.
Then all you do is push the ends of the pipe cleaners into the styrofoam….4 on each side….and bend them to look like legs. That’s it!
Now strategically place your spiders wherever you like. I decided to have them “climbing” up my front steps…but you could just as easily have them swarming up the grass, etc. :-) Have fun with it! I know I did!
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