Tuesday, October 18


I have 2 little girls who have been chopping at the bit (aka harassing their mother) to decorate for Halloween.  Decorating for Halloween is really something we've never done.  Since Halloween isn't celebrated in Luxembourg it made no sense to decorate there and before then, well, it just wasn't in me.  To be fair I still don't really think Halloween decorating is in me.  But with my girls so into it and so vocal about being into it I had to make it happen.

We hung a giant spider web on the front porch and made big, black spiders to hang on the web.  We added a garland of ghosts (made from plastic bags) and our pumpkins from the patch and I do think our house is looking festive and spooky indeed.

Here is how we made our big spiders.  They are nice and light so they don't pull your web down.

Large black plastic garbage bag
Clear packing tape
Stuffing (you could also use crumpled newspaper or old packing material)
Paper or newspaper

Step 1:
Cut a rough 12X12 inch square from your garbage bag.
Garbage bag spider IMG_4229
Step 2:
Put a handful of stuffing in the middle of the square.  Pull up the edges of the garbage bag around your stuffing and secure with packing tape. This will be your spider's body. 
Garbage bag spider
Step 3:
Cut a rough 5X5 inch square from your garbage bag. Repeat Step 2 with this square.  This will be your spider's head.
Step 4:
Attach the head to the body with packing tape.
Step 5: 
Cut a rough rectangle from your garbage bag of about 12X4 inches.
Spider Legs  
Step 6:
Cut a piece of paper slightly smaller than your rectangle.  Place the paper on top of your garbage bag rectangle.
Step 7:
Roll the paper and garbage bag together.  Secure the end with packing tape. This will be one of your spider's legs.
Step 8:
Repeat steps 5-7 until you have the desired amount of legs. Although spiders have 8 legs we felt that 6 (and four in one case) were enough.  
garbage bag spider
Step 9:
Attach to spider web with packing tape.
Garbage bag spider

Halloween Posts from Previous Years:

Jack-o-lantern shirts to DYE for
Spooky Food
Halloween Picture Book
Kool-aid Cupcakes
 Halloween Brownie Bites
Noodle Necklaces
Craft Stick Mummies 
Tootsie Pop Ghosts


likeschocolate said...

What a great idea! Happy Halloween!

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

Your giant spider and web looks great! Thanks for sharing how to do it. If you're looking for more Halloween crafts, check out the wreath on my blog:
x Katherine

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

I LOVE these spiders! Happy Halloween! Enjoy being back in the States for the holiday and eat lots of candy corn for us :)

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