It is harvest time in the Midwest and people are decorating the outside of their homes in anticipation of the fall holidays. Halloween is the first holiday to arrive and the neighboring yards are filled with decorations of store bought ghosts, menacing monsters, scary spiders, horrifying jack-o-lanterns, and more. Purchased Halloween decorations can be costly, especially during this economic downturn. However, there are many ways you can decorate your home and yard using recyclable materials. By using egg cartons and grapevines, you and your child can make a Halloween spider decoration to adorn your door, porch or a wall inside your home.
Items Needed to Make Halloween Spider Decoration
-One egg carton
-Black pipe cleaners
-Grapevines or other type vines (enough to make a wreath or you can buy one that is already made)
-Spool of white or silver thread (you can buy a fake spider web)
-Glue gun and glue sticks or craft glue
-One small can of black spray paint (optional)
Instructions to Make a Halloween Spider Decoration
Click here to find instructions on how to make the spiders. This is a great craft for your children to complete. When your children have made the desired number of spiders, using the point of the scissors, insert a small hole in the top center of the spider. Feed through the desired length of thread and glue in place on the underside. The other end will attach to the grapevine wreath.
Click here to find instructions on how to make a grapevine wreath. When your wreath has been completed, you can lightly spot spray it with black paint. You do not want to paint the entire wreath, as too much black coloring will disguise the spiders.
Make a web on the grapevine wreath using the white or silver thread. This can be easily done by first going around the wreath and then back and forth across it. It does not have to be perfect. It just needs to resemble a wreath.
To finish your Halloween spider decoration, hang the spiders from the grapevine wreath in different areas. Be sure to position one in the center.
Your Halloween spider decoration is now ready to hang and give a small scare to those children who come for tricks r treats.
Variation #1: Wind small white (Christmas) lights in the grapevine wreath.
Variation #2: Use paper cutout ghosts or bats instead of or with the spiders.
Variation #3: Use a bundle of straw or a swag instead of vines.
Sources: Associated Content, Personal Experience