Truth time: I’m not much of a Halloween person. [gasp]
I know, I’m weird. I don’t like horror movies and I don’t care for Halloween parties (sweaty costumes, creepy masks….no thanks) so I’ve never felt a big motivation to spend money on Halloween decor or outfits.
This means that whenever I do dress up, its gonna be DIY, and its going to be cheap! Of course, this project fits that criteria perfectly!
This project is super simple as far as materials go, but a little challenging if you’re new to using a glue gun (or just awkward in general, like me). That being said, the materials are super cheap so its hard to get mad if one comes out wonky!
You will need the following:
- Glue gun (I found it easier when I used a low temp one)
- Glue gun sticks (make sure to have a few for practice. You’ll need about 2 for the actual project)
- Parchment paper
- Black paint/paint brush
- Earring findings (I used Hildie & Jo hooks for sensitive ears and matching jump rings)
- Jewelry tools to open and close the jump rings
Lay out a piece of parchment paper and with the hot glue create a spiderweb. You can either freehand (which is what I prefer), or you can draw the shape you want on the parchment paper and follow it. I found that the “best” looking spiderwebs have 4 intersecting lines.
This is the hardest part of the project. Practice getting an even flow out of the gun, but if you get clumps here and there it just adds to the charm! I find that moving slowly is easier for me, but it may depend on how your gun warms up the glue. Don’t worry about the strings, you can either pull them off later, or leave a few in for a more “webby” look.
Once the glue dries up (should only take a few minutes) take a paint brush and go over your spider web. Do the back part first, let it dry. Flip to the front, and paint.
Step 3: Attach your hardware and its ready to wear!
Told you it was easy!
I can’t wait to use this technique to make other glue gun crafts!