Halloween Tablescape

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halloween-tablescapeThis is a super easy and inexpensive Halloween table-scape that will be great for your Halloween party.



I started with a black tablecloth.  This is a plastic one that I picked up at Walmart for $1. It is a little thicker than the ones you get at the dollar store.  I picked up these spider wall decorations at the dollar store, and I used them as placemats.


Next, I took the cylinders from my Dining room table and removed the burlap that is usually around them.  I used my glue gun to secure the end of the black ribbon on top of the glass, then wrapped it around until I got to the bottom.  I secured the bottom with the glue gun also.  For the purple ribbon on top of the black, I got a spool of very inexpensive Halloween ribbon at the dollar store.  This is not very good quality, so it is perfect for this craft.  All I did with that was wrap it around the middle of the cylinder and tie a knot in the middle.  


I made several of these spiders.  They are made from painted rocks from the beach. Glued on purple pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.  So easy and the kids LOVE them.  The full instructions are in the Craft section.

One important note, I always use flameless candles on the table so I don’t have to worry about the candle being directly under the branches.  Also because there will be kids around reaching for candy and spiders, the flameless candles are a much better choice. 

Dryer Vent Pumpkin - Black

This is a Dryer Vent Pumpkin that I made last year.  It is really easy and durable.  It has been in my attic for a year and came out looking perfect this year.

Pumpkin Beige

The instructions for these Dryer Vent Pumpkins are in the Craft section.

The last thing I did was take a spool of ribbon from my local craft store and wind it around everything on the table.  I used ribbon that you can scrunch small, or pull it long, its great. The craft store has it in lots of colors.  With some spider baskets from the dollar store and one older candy dish with a skeleton that I’ve had for years, the table is finished.  I filled the baskets with pumpkin cookies and clementines, but feel free to fill them with lots of candy.  




Rock Spiders

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rock-spiderWho doesn’t love a good Halloween spider.  This one is easy to make and adorable.  They look great on my Halloween table.  They also make great toys for the kids to play with. 


My Grandchildren and I were at the beach and picked up a bunch of large white rocks.  I had something else in mind when I was collecting them, but this worked out perfectly.  

I made pretty simple spiders.  You could get much more elaborate with these and paint the spider’s body, but I preferred to just keep them black. 


Here’s how I made them:



Here’s what you will need.  Rocks, black paint, eyes, pipe cleaners and glue.  I thought I was going to use the hot glue gun, but it wouldn’t stick to the rocks.


This is the glue that I used to adhere the pipe cleaners to the rocks.  I don’t recommend letting children use this glue.  It is very strong and you have to be careful that it doesn’t get on everything.  I also used it to glue the eyes on the front of the spider.


I painted the rocks black.  I only painted the top and sides.  I left the bottom white.  I didn’t want to take the chance of having black paint get on my table. 


After I glued the pipe cleaners to the rocks, I pressed a piece of paper over the glue so there wouldn’t be a chance of glue getting on my table or anywhere else.  

 The only thing left to do was put the eyes on and shape the legs, and there you have it.  A quick, inexpensive spider.  The kids love these things.  They are big enough that they can take them outside, or just play on the floor inside.  

You could also use them as place cards for your party.  Paint your guest’s name on the body of the spider so they can take them home. What a great party favor!!


Halloween Centerpiece

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halloween-centerpieceIsn’t this adorable.  It was quick, easy and very kid friendly.  The base of this centerpiece is a flower pot that I spray painted with gold sparkle paint.  This pot is so versatile,  it will be on the Thanksgiving and Christmas table, looking completely different for each one.

Here is what I did:


I gathered some sticks from my yard.  Any will do.  No need to be fussy here.


Then, I put them into floral foam to hold them upright while i painted them.


I picked up this paint from the craft store.  I used flat black.


The next step was to spray every inch of them with black paint.  Make sure you get underneath and in all the little nooks and crannies.


Then, I cut the floral foam to fit into the flower pot


After the branches were dry, I put them into the flower foam.  Arrange them so they look somewhat balanced on all sides.


If your branches are as long as mine are, you want to make sure you are balancing them on all sides so the centerpiece doesn’t topple over.


The final touch was to put some moss on top to hide the floral foam.

The last thing was the decorations.  I went to my local dollar store, where everything is $1 and I picked up a bag of bugs and creepy things.  I used a needle and black thread to attach the bugs to the tree.  I put the needle through the bug and left a big loop of thread.  I tied a knot, then hung it on the branch.



If you don’t have a clay flower pot, a big can or bucket will do just fine.  If you don’t have the floral foam, use dirt from your garden.  If you are using dirt, you won’t need the moss.