Even though I’m still hanging on to the last vestiges of summer (it’s not time for school to start again, right?!), seeing the Halloween decorations and costume pieces hitting the shelves has put me in a holiday mood! My mom and I have always tried to make no-sew, creative, hand-made costumes because although both of us have the artiste in ze mind, neither one of us have it in ze fingers.
I wore this necklace three years ago, dressed as the creepy crawly Spider Queen, but although it can suit any number of arachnid costumes, it can also function as a fun accessory for office parties, parent-chaperoned school functions, and any other October activities where a full costume is neither appropriate nor desired (think you’ve stayed up all night making Li’l Timmy’s Superman costume and if you see one more glue gun you’re going to shoot someone with it).
Materials list: Cord for the body of the necklace (I use a fabric-based string so that the cord is stronger and less likely to snap than an elastic or fishing line), Glitter black and sliver pony beads (however many you need to make a necklace of the desired length), Glow-in-the-dark spider rings such as those you would buy for party favors.
1.) Loosely measure the cord around your neck to estimate the length desired for your necklace. Make sure that the necklace will be long enough to pull over your head since there is no closure mechanism included. Cut the string to the desired length.
2.) Begin stringing the beads – alternating the colors – until the cord is filled. Leave enough room to tie the necklace.
3.) After you have strung the beads, layer them over with the spider rings.
4.) Knot the ends of the cord together tightly, several times over, and voila!
5.) Wear to your next Halloween event and attract the jealous attentions of all attending!