I always have these brilliant ideas for decorating, but the sad truth is I lack time and patience to do them all! I saw a Halloween Spider Web Plate on Pinterest and decided I needed to make one. Beth (I love that name!) at Unskinny Boppy shared a great spider web tutorial on her site. It’s obvious that she is a much better artist than I am, so definitely check her out and learn how to draw a spider web!
I bought a charger at the Dollar Store for two bucks. It looked like this.
I didn’t want it to look like that. I wanted it to look like this.
I couldn’t find any chalkboard paint in my house, except for the kind you spray and it was too cool this week to spray, so I just used acrylic and painted the middle. Then I let it dry overnight. Not because I’m that patient, but because I had stuff to do. Also, I didn’t take pictures of my process, so you are getting these handy-dandy (somewhat) computer generated images!
Since I didn’t use chalkboard paint, I used a paint pen to draw my spider web. It wasn’t showing up as well as I wanted, so I let it dry for a while and then went back over it with the pen. The second time, I dotted the lines to give it a little “texture.” And also, because it was more fun that way! Have you ever noticed that I like to use the word “also” a lot??
I only let the white paint dry for about an hour. I am very impatient sometimes. After it was dry (enough), I dabbed around the middle and the outer edge with Mod Podge and then sprinkled fine black glitter all over the Mod Podged areas. You can do one area at a time. That’s probably the best way. If you do it all at once, like me, be prepared to hurry!
I wasn’t really satisfied with it at this point, so I put some Mod Podge on the actual spider web and then covered it with white glitter. After it was all dry (I swear it was), I took a clean paint brush and brushed the excess glitter off of the entire plate. Here’s the Before and After picture (this is the real deal!):
I don’t know if you can see the silver spider that is sitting on that pumpkin or not. I found a black spider and covered it with silver glitter. My intention was to glue it to the plate, but apparently I don’t have any super glue, gorilla glue, or even generic instant glue in my house. That’s probably a good thing anyway…I always wind up gluing my fingertips together. One time, I even stuck my finger to my glasses. Remember: Never push your glasses up on your nose while you are using super glue.
I’m sure I could’ve been a little neater with the glitter, but I’m pretty happy with the result. I’m not out a whole lot of money and it looks super cute with my other decorations. Decorating doesn’t get much better than that!!