Halloween really is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it — watching scary movies, eating candy, dreaming up ridiculous costumes, dressing up, decorating with skeletons and spiderwebs, and of course, everything pumpkin. To get the party started (or just veg out with a big bowl of popcorn) here’s an easy, last minute project to help haunt your house — spooky spiderweb bowls.
After a craft fail with yarn that turned into a mushy nest, I experimented with other natural materials. The yarn just took too long to dry, but twine and canvas fabric made nice, stiff bowls that could hold their shape well. These bowls work beautifully for wrapped treats, and for everything else you can nest a glass bowl inside or line with fabric or a paper towel. Here are two ways to make chic, yet sinister bowls. It’s a little messy, but a lot of fun. Happy Halloween! —Jessica
-Thin cording, twine or cotton thread (natural materials seem to respond better to the stiffener. I used 8mm hemp cording from Michaels)
-Freezer or Wax paper
-Fabric (canvas shown)
-Rotary blade (optional) or scissors
1. Blow up a balloon to your desired size. Try to make it more round than egg-shaped. One balloon will make two bowls, once halved around the center. Cover your working surface with freezer or wax paper.
2. Saturate the string in fabric stiffener. Turn the ball of string over a few times to make sure it gets fully coated by the liquid.
3. Start wrapping your balloon with the string. Wrap in lots of directions; side to side, up and down, to get that spiderweb look. Tuck the tail end under pervious wraps to secure. I kept my balloon a small/medium size and used one full ball of 200 ft hemp cording.
4. Hang to dry overnight. Cover the area below your balloon, because the fabric stiffener will drip as it dries.
5. Once completely dry, pop the balloon. Use a marker or tie a string around the center of the balloon to help keep the line straight as you cut around the string ball. Tuck and weave any loose strings and remove any excess glue residue if needed. I found that the areas that were completely dry had little to no residue left behind, so make sure your string is completely dry before popping the balloon.
1. Cut thin strips of fabric about ¼” wide and 4” longer than the diameter of your bowl. Cut a second set of longer strips to wrap around the bowl. These can be double the length of the first strips you cut.
2. Dip the fabric strips in a bowl of fabric stiffener and, once saturated, start layering strips over a facedown bowl, covered in saran wrap. First, make a layer of criss-crossing strips. Then a layer of strips going around the bowl. Tuck or overlap the strips that go around for a seamless look. Last, add one more layer of strips crossing the bowl. Smooth down the strips and push the layers flush to the bowl.
3. Dry overnight. Once fully dry, lift the saran wrap with fabric strips off of the bowl and then, peel back the saran wrap. Cut excess length from strips at the edge of the bowl, and any loose threads.