Halloween and I had a bit of a falling out this year.
I’m not sure why.
Perhaps because my trick-or-treaters are too old for tricks and now stay home with me to hand out treats?
Or maybe it’s because we’re down one treater-hander-outer with my son in college?
Or maybe it’s the front porch. It’s fallen into a state of disrepair that a caulk gun and glue and a can of paint can no longer fix. Seriously, we are one wobbly step and unhinged railing away from a lawsuit.
But whatever the reason for my Halloween rift, my daughter did plead that we not be that house. The bah humbug Halloween house with no decorations.
So I sucked it up and put out some orange lights and terracotta pumpkins and the big fuzzy spider. Nothing worthy of a photo for a blog post though. And I skipped the bats flying across the door. Mostly because it’s been so extra windy that I feared my bats would simple fly away.
I even rummaged through the sale bin at Joann’s for even more ideas. And when I spotted this spider wreath from Martha Stewart I thought it could make a nice addition to the front door (and, no, this is not a sponsored post for Martha. I shelled out my very own hard, cold cash for this craft kit.
I know, I know. It’s a Halloween craft cop-out to use a kit. But again, Halloween and I are not seeing eye to eye. And this spider wreath is me holding out the proverbial olive branch …
How To Make a Spider Wreath (with Martha)
It all comes in a kit. I purchased my on sale and with a 40% off coupon at the craft store.
The wreath form fits together like a puzzle piece. Those little rectangles have a sticky side that holds the form together. Then tie on the spider before the next step.
Pull off the protective sheet covering the stickers. And work one section at a time. Oh, and do you see those little circles on the black sticky side? Those are the targets where you’ll add the tissue paper.
The kit comes with a tool that picks up the pre-cut tissue paper squares one at a time. Give it a little twist around the end of the tool and then stick it on a circle.
Continue twisting and sticking, working one section at a time.
Turns out, the wreath was a bit too small for the front door. Instead it found a spot in the front entry.
Now I need to run out and get some candy for tomorrow …
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If you can only choose one decoration, this is the one!!
We no longer get trick or treaters since moving to the country… it’s sad, considering how much I love Halloween.
laura@duke manor farm says
yes. don’t make me come up those wonky stairs and not get any candy when i come to the door! Love that tissue techinique. I have actually never done any of that kit stuff…but I should, one day when I don’t have 20 half done rooms to paint or projects to finish. Have a good weekend!
I think your wreath is awesome, even better if on sale. Turned out really pretty. Some times we just don’ t feel like doing so much. Are you feeling ok? Hard with son gone huh? Our daughter really misses her girl at college. How does your son like college? Where did he go?
I actually had neighbor ask me where our decorations were this year. Have a big old faux pumpkin with lots of Fall stuff on top of it on the bakers rack on front porch, that’s it. Just not in mood.
Won’t be much for Christmas either as I’ll be having my right shoulder replaced on Dec. 7th. If I can get some other problems taken care of before. Have to have teeth cleaned and have had blood in urine for over year so have to see urologist on Nov. 3rd. On Nov. 9th. will have pre surgery blood tests, etc. done. Am already feeling like a pin cushion. Saw regular doc last week, they took blood, when she took needle out of my arm my blood gushed all over and I have had a big bruise on arm. My veins like to jump around.
Our grandson not doing too well, all the chemo and stem cell transplant didn’t do what they’d hoped, he’s pretty discouraged. We’re terrified for him. He’ll be 22 on Nov. 8th. He loves to snow board and ride his motorcycle, all that kind of stuff. They usually go over to Aspen to ski/snowboard alot. Not this year I guess. Haven’t spoken to son for few days again, they’re at home again, afraid if I call him she’ll be around. He works at home.
Take care of yourself. Hope you have really nice weekend.
Oh no JaneEllen! It sounds like things aren’t going well for you and your family. I’m so sorry! I hope things turn around for the better. And, yes, we do miss our son at college. But he seems to be adjusting really well and has found his place. So I’m happy that he’s happy and that makes me feel much better!