I am THRILLED to introduce you guys to my dear friend Sarah Westover McKenna. If you read my other blog, Craft Quickies, you already know Sarah- especially since she has been doing most of the writing for me lately! (I am a slacker and she is my Halloween all-star). Sarah isn’t only an amazing crafter and Holiday enthusiast- she’s also an amazingly talented jewelry designer.
Sarah is going to be a new contributor to Sweet C’s and I am so excited to have her here for her first of many posts! You can expect fun kids crafts, jewelry designs you can make at home, and of course amazing holiday ideas from Sarah!
Without further ado… please help me welcome Sarah!
I am so excited to be making my first post as a contributor here at Sweet C’s Designs! Courtney is a dear friend of mine and a very talented woman. I am honored to know her and to have been invited by her to contribute both here and on her other website, Craft Quickies. She is awesome.
Today I am going to teach you how to make spooky, sparkly spiders to hang from light fixtures, especially chandeliers. A fun friend of mine suggested that we do this several years ago for the spooky-looking chandelier in my apartment, but we were too busy chasing our wild baby boys to get it done. So I thought that this year I would finally give it a try! The lighting fixtures in my father’s house (where we are living to save money while my husband finishes his medical training) are not very *spooky* per se, but they worked nonetheless.
I hung a whole bunch of spiders from the light fixture that hangs above our kitchen table, and I also hung a single spider here and there around the main floor. I think I like the single spiders even better because it can truly catch you off guard for a moment to see a single spider dangling from underneath your lampshade. (Arachnophobia, anyone?? My sister-in-law would freak out if she came over to our house right now!)
Are you ready to glitter some spiders? Then let’s get going! The glittering part is very simple and quick. It is the hanging of the spiders one by one on fishing line that can get a bit tedious. Maybe you can do what I did and rewatch The Avengers for the third time with your obsessed husband as you hang them up.
1. Gather up your supplies. You will need plastic spider rings, spray adhesive, extra fine glitter, scissors, fishing line, and a paper plate for each color of glitter that you use. Prep the spiders by cutting the ring backs off of them. Lay them on the paper plates.
2. Spray the spiders liberally with your spray adhesive. I tried spraying all of my plates at once, but the glue dried quickly and I ended up having to give them each a second coat of glue and glitter. In order to avoid this problem just work with one plate of spiders at a time and be generous with the glue.
3. Pour glitter over your spiders. Once again, don’t skimp! Dump it generously over the freshly sprayed spiders and let them sit. If you try to be economical with your glitter you will end up having to glitter them a second time. Trust me.
4. Give your spiders some time to dry. Then gently remove them from your plate and set aside for a moment. (Handle them as little as possible to minimize glitter loss.) Fold your paper plate gently in half and tap/funnel the excess glitter back into your glitter containers. Most of it will come off of the plate.
5. Now place your spiders glittery side down on the plates once again and repeat the process so that both sides of your spiders will be sparkly.
6. Once your spiders are thoroughly glittered you can hang them from your light fixtures using fishing line or clear thread. They are super cute, especially when sunlight streams through the window and they sparkle like mad.
Have a sparkly Halloween, everyone! Enjoy!