Taking a cue from last week’s mad scientist-themed flower arrangements, we’re continuing this month’s Halloween ideas with some equally eerie projects. This time, we’re focusing on the creepy-crawly creatures that are allowed, only on Halloween, to have free reign in our homes: bats, rats, snakes and spiders! Although these much-feared beings often get the short end of the stick (or rolled up newspaper) when it comes to likability, they can be quite beautiful in their own unique way. After the jump, you will find instructions for bringing these creepy-crawlies into your home as shiver-inducing autumn decorations! — Max
Creepy-Crawly Glass Domes
Although glass-domed paperweights featuring vintage flora and fauna are common fixtures in fancy gift shops, they’ll often set you back $40 or more. These handmade versions are just as stylish and light-years more affordable. They’re also easy as pie to make! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Glass paperweight kits from PhotoWeights.com. Each kit contains one dome and costs $9.95.
- A printer with paper. We used off-white cardstock.
- Scissors or an X-Acto knife.
- Vintage images of creepy-crawly creatures. We used art from Dover’s book of vintage animal clip art.
- Our handy-dandy template for placing your images. We’ve also thrown in the images we used on our domes. Click here to download the zip file.
1. Scan or download the images you want to use on your glass domes.
2. Using our blank template in Photoshop or similar image-editing software, insert your image into the white circle demarcating the cutting area.
3. Print your template at actual size. This is important because it will ensure that your printout is the same size as your dome.
4. Cut out your image, following the circle’s border on the template.
5. Follow the instructions included in the PhotoWeights kit for inserting your image into the dome and fastening the felt bottom.
These specimen jars, sure to evoke images of creepy scientist lairs and old horror films, are remarkably simple to create. Using old sauce, jam or mason jars, simply add toy creatures like bats, snakes, roaches, spiders and mice (available online or at many party supply stores around Halloween). For an added touch, we supported tiny plastic spiders with a few pieces of cheesecloth (available in the baking sections of most supermarkets). The gauzy fabric provides great texture and is reminiscent of cobwebs.