Spider Pumpkins! Cute Yet Creepy Halloween DIY
by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon
Recently I got a group of decorative mini pumpkin/ squashes in my weekly produce box. I knew I wanted to use them as part of my plan to decorate our porch for Halloween but at first I wasn’t sure what to do other than stick them in a basket.
We were planning a spider theme for the porch and suddenly it hit me- why not make spiders out of the tiny pumpkins?
Details on how to reproduce the look follow..
First the things you need:
Or at least some of them. Not pictured here is the glue and glue gun because I forgot to stick them in the picture and the sheet of foam and red paint because I was inspired to add those later.
Most importantly you need some little decorative pumpkin/ squashes, some black paint, eyes, and black pipe cleaners. And be patient letting things dry between steps! Or you will get paint all over your fingers like I did.
Give them a light coating of black paint. You want a little bit of the underlying color to show through. I prefer the look of a bristled brush here to a foam one because it helps with that bit of color showing through.
Glue eyes on!
Cut tiny fangs from a sheet of white foam or felt- I used foam but felt would be a fine substitute. You just want itty bitty point triangles here. Glue them on beneath the eyes.
Drip some red paint on so that the fangs have an adorable yet creepy bloody look. This wasn’t in my original project plan and I am so glad I decided to add it. I think it really helps bring the spider look together.
Hot glue on the legs. I used four pipe cleaners per spider. You could use eight if you have bigger squash/ pumpkins and need longer legs.
Bend the legs into their creepy crawling positions.