Halloween time! The time to be spooky, fun, and a time when seeing large spiders on a porch becomes just part of the fun. Well, fake spiders. I decided to take this idea and create a large feature on my wall in my front porch. The idea came to me really easily. And I have everything already in my overflowing garage.
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. You can see that we keep the spooky to a fuin and playful balance. The front porch we do get a little creepier. After all this is where we wil greet the trick-or-treaters, we need to make the atmosphere fit.
I used some wood scraps I bought a while ago from a local home improvement store. They are scraps sold in bushels for really cheap. They are long and skinny, and perfect to make a frame. I cut them down to the size I wanted (two cut to 3ft and two cut down to 18 inches). Then I set the saw at a 45 degree angle to make the corner fit snugly together.
I used a automatic staple gun, this had enough force to go through the wood pieces.
To make it nice and secure I also cut a small square piece to nail to the back of the frame. In all four corners. This allowed the frame to be strong and sturdy.
Now, chicken wire time. I am not sure if this is officially called chicken wire. But it is what I have always called so I am going with it. I unrolled it the length of the framed and put together frame then wrap it to the back. Once it is stretched out to the desired area I used clippers and snipped it off of the roll.
Then use more staples and staple the chicken wire to the back of the frame. I thought I was done here. But looking at it, it looked rustic. I know, chicken wire and un treated scrap wood. What exactly was I going for? Well a finished rustic look. So I decided to do some more cutting.
Cutting exactly the lengths of my four previous wood pieces and placed them on top of the chicken wire. This allowed the side of the wire to appear to be in a frame as well. More polished. We are fancy here people.
There is the back portion, the first frame, the chicken wire, and then the “polished” finishing frame.
Spray paint time!
It went from rustic to Halloween in one spray of black spray paint. Can’t beat that.
Time to turn this project spooky!
Taking the standard fake spider webs and draping it over the corners. With the wood being super rustic and unfinished the spider web just got caught on it. The chicken wire also helped the web connect to the frame. I spread it around. Getting really creative and just trying to make it as natural and spooktacular as possible.
This spider web needs some friends, the eight legged kind.
These spiders I purchased from a dollar store, my kids helped place them throughout the frame. I already had a hook here on my porch and just hung the frame on the hook. Really simple. True story, during the webbing of this frame my husband spotted a real, big, juicy, scary spider on our porch. I handled it very well. By running inside and shutting the door. I did open it enough to throw a shoe out for my husband to squish it. We deal with big and fake spiders here, not real.
I finished off the look by spook-ifying my bench on the porch. And adding a few things to turn this porch from cute to frightful! As long as the spiders are fake I am all for it. This project was really simple, and even if you do not have the supplies at the ready. Buying them in a store would still be a very low cost. My front porch is now ready for Halloween.
I will have to say, one spider was harmed in the making of this. It had to happen, fake spiders can be celebrated. Real, big, massive spiders must be handled. Have you gotten ready for Halloween yet?