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I know this isn’t very popular to say, but I’m not a huge Halloween fan. Don’t get me wrong, I love cute little kids in fun costumes and y’all know I dig the excessive amounts of sugar! But, I don’t love guts and gore. Spudnuts, babies dressed as bugs, Charlotte in her spider web, apple cider, and trick or treat? Yes, please. Zombies, sexy nurses, sparkly vampires, and children of the corn? Not so much.
I’ve been trying to add some fun for the Halloween holiday into my home but still, keep things on a happy note. This year I gave my girls free rein on holiday decorating in the living room. Our mantle holds my artist daughter’s collection of Halloween canvases along with a fun felt garland I found at Swiss Days. There is a lot going on and I know that’s generally against decorating rules but it’s Halloween and it makes my daughter feel a bit of pride so I love it.
In the dining room, there is the book page garland I made last fall and a chalkboard mixed into my plate wall. My centerpiece needed a little touch of whimsy so I bought a few supplies and set to work. Here’s what I came up with.
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Farmhouse Halloween Spider Web Doily
This craft took 5 minutes tops from start to finish! It was inexpensive to make and turned out so cute! Separate the two pieces of the embroidery hoop, place the crocheted doily on the smaller hoop and then place the larger hoop on top. Sandwich everything together, stretch the doily to make it taut, then tighten the clasp on the top of the larger hoop to keep it all secure. Decide on your placing then, hot glue on your spiders!
I like to use a chopstick when working with hot glue so I don’t burn my fingerprints off. Yeah, it’s a long story. Let’s just say I have klutz issues. I use the chopstick to push things down into the glue. In this project, I used the chopstick to come from the underside of the doily, making sure everything was good and glued.
If you would like to use a hand-me-down doily and don’t want to ruin it with hot glue, you can stitch your spiders on with a needle and thread. It will take a bit more time but how fun to be able to use that special inherited keepsake!
I used an 8″ doily and a 6 1/2″ embroidery hoop but you can make yours as big or as small as fits your fancy!
- doily (Hobby Lobby doesn’t sell it anymore but try these ones)
- embroidery hoop
- plastic spiders of assorted sizes (I got mine at Walmart. You have to buy them in-store, they aren’t available online.)
- hot glue gun
This little spider web doily fits right into my farmhouse styled dining room without being in your face obnoxious or too scary for my tiny nieces and nephews. I think a big version would be darling on a front door. Hang it with a fun Halloween ribbon or some bits of green and orange lace!
Here’s what it looks like in my dining room.
Embroidery hoops, doilies, and glittered spiders.
I can totally handle that.
Farmhouse decor with a splash of Halloween.
For more embroidery hoop goodness,
check out this month’s Inspire My Creativity Link Party!
Make sure to visit each hostess’s site to see what fun they’ve been having this month,
then link up your embroidery hoop projects below.
I can’t wait to see your creativity!Shani | Sunshine & MunchkinsAnna | Practical and PrettyAli | Home Crafts by AliMeredith | The Designer DIYCathy | A Boy and His MomEmy | Semigloss DesignMissy | Gypsy MagpieChristine | Swordfights & Starry NightsMeg | The Kusi LifeKim | Creigh-ationsCandice | She’s CraftyLauren | A Life of Love and JoySarah | Making Joy & Pretty Things