We don’t usually go overboard decorating for Halloween…
Well……Not compared to Christmas, anyway.
The flowerbeds are usually dried up in October, so we fill them with pumpkins.
The neighbors are trimming their trees, so I use the branches for a garland around the door.
It just kinda happens……… organically.
But this project I planned out. I wanted a spider web……with a big, fat spider in it.
I started with a handful of things I already had in the garage;
And had the perfect empty space on the front porch between 2 posts.
Although, I added a 2X4, stained to match the rest of the wood trim, between them.
It was a matter of simply stapling the cotton clothes line from top to bottom, and again from side to side….
Then a piece from each corner….
Then a few more in the empty spaces between….
The center of my web was a little ……..off-center.
So I used the twine to tie everything together.
Then I worked my way out of the center with the twine, stopping to tightly wrap a piece every few cords or so.
I love the way it was turning out.
As I wound my way farther from the center, I wrapped the twine around every cord.
‘Till it looked like this.
Now, here’s the part where I make the spider.
You know, out of a beach ball, Styrofoam pool noodles and black spray paint. Can’t ya just picture it?
So could I…..until I saw one at Target that looked just fine.
Pretty Spooky? Right?
Only 30 bones.
(As long as every one of y’all knows that I could have made one)
I just love her hovering over the cacti……
She adds some whimsy to the whole porch.
Kinda diggin’ the orange lights we trimmed the house with……..
They look especially cool at twilight.
Happy Halloween from the orange house on Cavender with the big spider.
Since our house tour for Christmas last year was such a hit….We thought we’d do the same thing for Halloween.
We just love the graphic orange of the pumpkins in the flower beds surrounded with green cacti and agave.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Y’ALL
Finally you have arrived, (it was in the 40’s on the morning that I wrote this) too bad the trees in Dallas don’t register the change of seasons until about late November.
No worries, I have a plan to bring a little Autumn to our front porch.
With a Halloween/Autumn garland.
I start with screws into the molding on all four corners of my door, then I run a cord from screw to screw.
Sure, it’s white….but if you do this right, no one will ever see the white cord.
Green paddle wire from the craft store is all I need to wire branches to the string….
I just cut 4-5 inch pieces…..
…….and wire live oak branches, from the front yard, wherever they need it.
This layer is my base, because these branches were free.
Since the trees in Dallas don’t turn colors….I had to buy colored leaves.
Usually the craft stores carry them, but this year none of the children working at ours had ever heard of preserved natural leaves.
Found them at our grocery store in the floral department.
4 bucks a bag – 3 bucks with my “Reward Card” – I bought 10.
They look much better when they are unbagged and fluffed.
Using even more wire, I added in the colored leaves as a top layer.
I just keep adding leaves ’till I can’t see that white rope anymore.
Not too bad, Right?
Now the fun part.
I picked up some Halloween flicker lights from the Target. 3 boxes……I think that’s 30 lights total.
Can’t repeat that this year, since we no longer have bushes…….just cacti.
I never get rid of anything……so in the garland they will go as well.
I start with the flicker flame lights and pull them through the leaves leaving all my cords behind the garland. (HATE to see the cords)
The b-lights I weave back and forth in a zig-zag motion hiding the cord under leaves as I go.
We headed to the Dallas Farmer’s Market to buy a few pumpkins.
Yeah, they had some beauties…….
And another charming front porch at the Cavender house…….
When the sun goes down it looks even better…….
The Square Leaf Wreath I made a few years ago.
And the Orange Glass Ikea Lantern was a pretty simple project as well.
Check them out…..
Ohhhhh, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!