I was blown away when I saw what everyone else came up with. We were all determined to put our own little flair to this pillow challenge. With cutting edge stencil providing us all a similar stencil we knew we needed to shake things up with accessories. I had such a hard time coming up with a plan to make this feel more me. I was still figuring out the details of my plan when I got my kit in the mail.
I picked the spider because you cannot get anymore spooky then a spider. Real talk, i real life if ai see a spider I sort of freak out. You know those videos on the internet of people tapping one spider and a bazillion pop out of it? I scream, hyperventilate and loose my mind. Dale likes to show me these videos for fun. Relationship goals. However, a big, juicy, FAKE spider for Halloween decor is my favorite.
Cutting edge stencils made this so simple. The spider was already situated in the center of the pillow case, I needed to do nothing but paint it.
I rolled the paint over the stencil. In the instructions it says to put light pressure on the roller. If you put too much the paint can seep through into the non-stenciled side. I did not have that problem but I took their word for it and listened to the steps.
I also was not too cautious on the direction of the roller, just rolling it in every direction. It did not seem to make a difference in the end.
The kit also came with a small brush. This was used to touch up any edges that the roller did not get. I had a few spots that looked a little less done. Using this was also simple. I blotted the brush onto the spots that needed to be touched up. Simple stuff. I did this whole project while Gavin was delaying going down for a nap. He was eating his lunch sooooo slow. So while he talked, stalled, and took the smallest bites known to man I did this simple stencil craft.
It was perfect! I can say that and not feel weird. What I did was not perfect. The stencil kit literally made it the easiest thing ever and impossible to mess up. The drying time was super fast as well. I painted it, took the stencil off, read Gavin one story and put him down for a nap. I came back and it was almost dry. That is quick in painting world.
Now comes the hard part. I needed to make this be different. I knew there was some other people from the group who also chose the spider, so it was game time. I needed to bring it, because they would be saying “oh it has already been brought’n.” (quick, what movie is that from?).
I found this string in the dollar section at Target. By the way, that section is the best and worst part of Target. I cannot seem to stop there on the way inside the store. And I always end yup with something. Sometimes a lot of somethings. I justify it as only being $1, some $3. However, a pile of low price still adds up. This purchase was a good one. This perfectly Halloween colored string worked.
Using a little bit of hot glue I put row after row of string on the bottom of the pillow. Just on the edges. This is most likely not washer safe, or kid safe if you have ones that pick at things. This pillow is going to sit on the fireplace ledge. Not too much traffic at all. So the strings will be safe.
It was done! I wanted to keep the focus on the spider, and have only small additions to this. I loved the oversize spider on the crisp white pillow. So the string is just a small accent.
I put the pillow into the pillow sham and zipped it up. That is another nice feature, the pillow has a zipper, which makes it be able to last longer. A zipper will protect the pillow and help keep it looking better for longer.
I used such small amounts of hot glue that they are barely noticeable. Which is good because hot glue has a tendency to get sticky hard and messy. But using is sparingly like I did helps that not be an issue.
Happy Halloween is right! Is it possible for spiders to be cute? Like I said, I am beyond afraid of spiders in real life. But cute, fluffy pillows with spiders I can do. This one fits the bill perfectly!