Kirsten of The Crafting Chicks
Spookify your front porch with spider webs, bats, and Command™ Outdoor Hooks! Although your final display will look frightening, hanging it up and taking it down won’t be.
– Command™ Outdoor Large Graphite Hooks— this project uses four
– Command™ Outdoor Large Brushed Nickel Metal Hook— this project uses one
– 3 yards of burlap or Tulle in gray
– 3 yards of burlap or Tulle in white
– 15 sheets of black cardstock – 12 inches by 12 inches each
– Assorted Halloween decorations: pumpkins, wreaths, banners, etc.
NOTE: Follow all Command™ Brand package instructions for proper surface cleaning and prep, adhesive strip placement and recommended weight claims.
1. Take one piece of 12-by-12 inch cardstock, and fold it into fourths. Trace a half bat shape onto the paper using a pencil. While avoiding the fold, cut out the bat along the line. Don’t cut on the side with the fold, as it will cut the bat in half.
Repeat to create the number of bats you want to hang to decorate the home.
NOTE: This project uses about 16.
2. Determine which part of your porch/arch you would lie to create the web. Clean the surface with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Wipe gently and let dry. To attach the Command™ Large Outdoor Graphite Hooks, remove the blue liner and press the adhesive to the mounting base of the hook. Remove the black “wall side” liner and press the hook to the surface for 10 seconds. For maximum holding strength, slide the hook up off the base and press firmly against the base for 30 seconds.
Repeat these this step to adhere the rest of the hooks. Be sure to follow the recommneded weight claims.
3. Start with the piece of gray burlap, and cut the piece in half lengthwise. Make cuts into the fabric that are perpendicular to the previous cut. Then, cut a straight line into the fabric until roughly 4 inches from the end. Space each cut 4 to 6 inches apart. Since we are creating spider webs, the cuts can be rough and sloppy. Uneven, jagged edges help enhance the looks of the spider web.
Repeat this step until all the cuts are made in the burlap pieces.
4. String the burlap from one Command™ Large Outdoor Clear Window Hookto the other to create a banner look as the base of the spider web design.Take each of the other pieces of fabric, and cut haphazardly in strips. Begin your design of the upper spider web by hanging the strips on the remaining Command™ Large Outdoor Clear Window Hooks.
5. Begin to staple the various strips together until the whole space that you want the spider web is filled. Take a moment to step back to view the web to ensure there aren’t any gaps. Add fabric where needed to add texture and to fill in the space.
Once you have all the pieces of fabric in place, staple the bats onto the fabric, spreading them out evenly on the fabric. Use 1 to 2 staples per bat.
6. After all the spider webs and bats are in place, fill in the area with other decorations. For a simple way to decorate the door, create your own wreath! Simple wrap a piece of orange burlap around a foam wreath form, and pin one of the bats onto it. Then tie a piece of coordinating ribbon from the top of the wreath.
To hang the wreath on the door using a Command ™ Large Outdoor Forever Classic Metal Hook, clean the surface with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Wipe gently and let dry. Remove the red liner and press the adhesive strip firmly to the mounting base of the hook.
Remove black “wall side” liner and press the hook firmly to the door for 30 seconds. For maximum holding strength, slide the hook up off its base and press firmly against the base for 30 seconds. Slide the hook back onto the base and wait one hour before use.
Fill the rest of the space with other fall-themed decorations, such as pumpkins, hay bales, and banners to make this porch festive and fun. Always stand back to look at a larger space to make sure there is balance in the design and that all the necessary spots are filled appropriately.