I know this is last minute, but I couldn’t help sharing this SUPER cute Halloween decorating idea – mini pumpkin spiders! I pinned a version of this a few weeks ago, and promised myself I would get my act together and make these guys happen. And lookie there, I actually followed through on something! I took the original version and tweaked it to make it just a tad more “kid friendly”. Here’s how it works:
A bag of mini pumpkins
Battery-operated tea lights
First, open up the top of your mini pumpkin and scoop out the innards just like you would with a regular pumpkin. Make sure you start with a smaller hole on top, and then enlarge as necessary for your tea light. Better too small, than too big – you want them to sit on the hole, not inside the pumpkin.
When scooping, I found that a leftover baby-sized spoon works perfectly!
Next, “drill” four holes on each side of the pumpkin – these will allow you to easily stick the pipe-cleaner legs in. Again, better smaller than too big, you want a tight squeeze to hold them in place.
I cut all my pipe cleaners in half, and then took a little off the end for each leg. Bend them however you would like to shape the legs … spiral, bowed, angled, or make them all different!
Use your hot glue to glue some googly eyes on the front. As I look at these guys again, I wish I had bought different-sized eyes so they could all be unique. But any eyes will do – it gives them personality.
Now, place your tea light inside and you’re done! We’re going to set them out on the front porch for Halloween night amongst some fake spider webs with our other regular-sized pumpkins, but they would be great as spooky party table decor as well!
The whole project (carving and creating all five), took about 45 minutes. Enjoy!