The word “spiders” doesn’t usually bring about a smile, but these spiders certainly do!!! I guess you could say it has taken me 13 months to get this project finished :0) I cut these wiggly guys out last year, got them half-way painted, then had to stop. They sat in a dark bin, full of other lost and forgotten holiday shapes, until just a week ago. I had a spur-of-the-moment craft rush between etsy orders and rescued the spiders from their sad and lonely home.
This is my favorite spider pattern. I change the size at the drop of a hat, but always keep the face just like this. Isn’t he cute!!! I cut the 7 spiders out of ½” plywood. I had three bodies missing, so I cut those out of beaded plywood. I thought the change in texture would be fun. Holes were drilled for the legs and I used that new fat aluminum wire for the legs.
*disclaimer* Disregard the mess. You are staring into our very cluttered craft/homeschool room. Messy! I don't bother trying to clean it up when people come over anymore. I figure if you love me, you will still love me after seeing my mess :0)
The web I made with three nails in the archway of our home. I was just going to hang one string across the spans, then hang the spiders and be done. You know I can’t do it just that simply!!! Weaving and twisting ensued, leaving us with this cool looking web. The kids went wild!!! We will have to do this again next year.
While I have you, let me show you a couple of my favorite Halloween friends! I have gotten picky over the years and have thrown out most of my decorations. These guys are the ones who survived.
This is Gwendolyn. She has a twin sister, Wendolyn, who lives with my grandma. I made them both about 10 years ago. They are made with a muslin body, dressed, and ….check these out…
Cat slippers!!! How cute are they!?!
This is Gerard, our scaredy ghost. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Heidi Markish wood patterns. Check out her website! I adapted this ghost pattern from her boo yard trio. I have them outside too, but didn't get a picture :0) Not surprised, are you?
Next up, Mumford. We LOVE Mumford!!! He is also made with a muslin body, but is then wrapped in cheesecloth and cotton bandages. To get that realistic dirty look I sprayed him with tea stain. I love this pattern so much I usually re-make him every other year or so.
You have seen a lot of this one! I am completely obsessed with this Boot. New this year, I offered the boot, along with the ghost family and spider below, for my craft club. I made several for centerpieces for Super Saturday, but didn't manage to keep one for myself. Finally I made another batch and now have one I can call my own!
This beauty is Zelma. Zelma has a couple twins. Her face alone takes hours to shade. Ten years ago I got the pattern book out of a bargain bin (she is from the same book at the spiders) for $.99!!! I have never seen such a talented artist, tole artist that is. Most patterns get out of date after a while, but I don't think hers ever will.
These ghosts and bats you have seen a lot of as well, but these guys are new to me this year. I finally got another set of bats cut out, painted and actually finished. I usually spend all my time making things for everyone else and am sick of it by the time my turn comes around. Lucky for me, I decided to make the bats and ghosts for my Bunco prizes this month. That gave me an excuse to finish my own sets. I am so excited!!!
Anyway, that is my collection of spooky Halloween friends. My family and I love them all.
It isn't really fall until they come for a visit :0)