Halloween Thistle Spiders

It’s October!! One of my very favorite months and we are getting ready to decorate for Halloween! You can’t have Halloween without Spiders, so last week the kids and I headed out on a walk down by the river to gather up thistles so we could make some Halloween Thistle Spiders!

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Thistles are funky little weeds that live and grow in the mountains, by canal roads and down by the river. They grow in groups so if you find one, you find a lot – they grow on sticks and we just take scissors and simply snip them off! They are a tiny bit pokey but not too bad.

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The best way to spray paint them is to stick them all in a box – I like to use boxes from Costco because they are large and you can fit quite a few in there!

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I use Rustoleum Black in semi-gloss and give them a nice coat of black.

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You have to turn them and get them from all angles.

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When they are nice and dry… add some googley eyes! Use the stem part as the nose and hot glue the eyes on right above.

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For the legs, you use simple black pipe cleaner. You cut them into fourths and hot glue four legs onto each side!

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Bend the legs and set them all around your house!

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I just cannot get over how super cute they are!!

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Take your family on a walk to a nearby river or head up the mountains in search of thistles and have fun making Halloween Thistle Spiders!!

Here are some other really great Halloween projects you can check out:

Spooky String Art (20) copy  
Spooky String ArtHalloween Deco Mesh WreathWitch Broom Chalk Art

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Spooky String Art

I have seen some really fun string art in the past but thought it would be so fun to make some for Halloween because the string sort of looks like spider webs! I decided to go with Spooky String Art because I thought it would be so fun and it turns out… I was right! I am totally in love with it!

Spooky String Art

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Want to make one for your home or porch? It’s so simple!

You will need:

1×8
Small Nails with heads
Vinyl
Silhouette Cameo or other cutting machine
Spray paint
Black embroidery thread
Sand paper

First, cut your 1×8 into a 24” piece.

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I sprayed the edges of my board with Rustoleum Black so when I sanded you would be able to see the black shinning through.

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Next, I used Rustoleum Cinnamon and sprayed the entire board.

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When everything was dry, I sanded my edges and let the black show through.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo and cut out SPOOKY vinyl lettering and applied it to my board. – The font I used was Aharoni. I liked it because it is blocky and plain.

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Next, I outlined each letter using my nails. I tried to nail them in 1/2” to 3/4” apart. Make sure you put them on each corner and add a couple extra to rounded letters to make your letters… round!

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I pulled the vinyl off the letter I was working one and using black embroidery thread, I outlined each letter and then wrapped the thread around and around until I had the look I was going for.  I did one letter at a time and tied off each one.

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There is no rhyme or reason to the way I did it. I just wrapped and wrapped and connected the “dots” until I like the way it looked and then moved onto the next letter.

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When you are done wrapping each letter you are done!

So simple… but so cute!!

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I love how you can see the black coming through the board and the whole thing just looks sort of spooky and rustic and totally cute! Now I just need some cute spiders!

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