This wreath is something you can create as a family. It’s very simple to do and you can use your imagination to make some modifications if needed, too. It could make for a final decoration just before Halloween, too.
What You Need
Glow-in-the-dark Duck Tape
Black permanent marker
What You Do
- Cut out a circle from your cardboard.
- Blow up lots of white balloons, but only blow them up a little bit.
- Tie them around the cardboard circle.
- Wrap the black fabric around the white balloons.
- Cut circles out of the glow-in-the-dark Duck Tape. I found it easier to do this if you stuck the tape to wax paper. Then it doesn’t stick to your scissors and you can remove the backing like you would a sticker.
- Stick the glow-in-the-dark tape to the center of the white balloons.
- Draw in black circles on the stickers.
- Hang from ribbon on your door.
My kids loved trying to blow up the balloons themselves and were even able to accomplish the task … with a little tying help from me. My oldest loved figuring out how to wrap the black cloth around the cardboard circle, too. Encouraging her along, I reminded her that it didn’t have to be perfect. It was all in the fun of creating it. Once she was done, she was excited to move on to completing the eyeballs. I had to attach them to the wreath myself as that step proved to be a little more difficult for my young kids.
Now that we have created a unique eyeball Halloween wreath, we were ready to hang it on the front door. After allowing the porch light to charge up the glow-in-the-dark tape we used on the pupils of the eyes, I took the kids outside, turned off the light and showed them what the glowing effect left on the wreath. They sure were excited to see what it was doing. Be sure to give it plenty of light for it to work if your door doesn’t get direct sunlight during the day.
CREEPY SPIDER WEB
If you really want to make something fun and unique, check out this craft. All you need is wax paper (or plastic wrap), a hot glue gun and some plastic spiders and away you go!
Set your hot glue gun on the lowest setting. Spread out a sheet of wax paper — or a piece of plastic wrap — on a cool, smooth surface like your counter top. Once your glue gun is at the temperature that the glue can come out easily and consistently, you can start your craft. If you want, you can take a sheet of white paper and sketch out a spider web.
Start at your top corner. Think like it’s going to run down the wall and across a ceiling. You’re not really going to make one that big … well, unless you really want to … but it’s just to give you an idea of the direction you need to go. Start at the top and squirt glue across in a line. Go back to your starting point and squirt glue down. Now make some glue strands starting from the corner (your starting point) and going downward and out. You’ll need a few of these lines to make it look like a web. Now, you can start making glue arches connecting the lines to form your glue web.
Once you’re all done, let it cool and dry. Then, carefully pull it off the wax paper or plastic wrap. If your hot glue gun is too hot, it will melt to the plastic wrap (we used that because that’s what we actually had on hand). When it’s all off the paper, you can tape it to a corner of something like your fireplace or on your front porch. The light will hit it giving it a look that it’s a spider web with morning dew on it. COOL!
Make as many as you want and put them up in corners all over the house like in doorways and such.
GIANT SPIDER EGG
Blow up a white balloon to it’s fullest capacity. You can now use string, or anything that you want to hang your balloon. We actually used a piece of the webbing and tied it around the part of the balloon you tied shut.
Take the webbing out of the package and carefully unfold it. Be careful not to start stretching it in all different directions, which is what kids can do immediately once they start touching it. You can pull it apart just ever so slightly, though. Once you’ve done that, you can start wrapping it around the balloon. Be careful not to cover the string that you’re going to use to hang the egg. Don’t worry about how to keep it on as it seems to just stick to itself and stay.
Once it’s all covered in the webbing, usually just two wraps do just fine, you can take the rest of the webbing and stretch it over a corner of something or wherever you plan to put the giant spider egg. It can help hide how you actually hang it.
Before you hang your egg, start putting little black spiders all over it. Cluster them in a small part first like it’s the hole they’re crawling out of and then start adding them a little further away from the cluster. Think tiny egg that has just hatched and all the spiders are trying to get out. The plastic spiders will stick to the webbing easy enough, so there’s not need for glue or tape.
Now, you can hang your spider egg for all to see.
Painting rocks is super fun — and easy. You can use flat stones (makes it easier for kids) or any stones, really. Use acrylic pain, googly eyes, a hot glue gun and a black sharpie. Assist your little ones with this. Spread a drop cloth on your kitchen table and all of your supplies. Let the kids paint the rocks and then you or an older child can assist with the rest. Easy!
Another super-easy craft. You need Tootsie Pops, white tissue paper, small rubber bands and a black Sharpie, orange and black ribbon. Go here to get the full instructions.