I really enjoy Halloween! It is the only holiday where you can go all out decorating your home and creating costumes for the little ones (and yourself), or you can do absolutely nothing … and it’s all OK.
I experimented with puffy markers in an earlier post and thought that they might work well with spiders. Since Halloween is right around the corner (where did the year go?), I thought I would give it a try. I used a dark gray quilling paper for the spider hoping that the black marker would show up a bit more than straight black on black, but the contrast isn’t there. However, the texture the marker created is good. It doesn’t show up very well in the photo, but it does look cool in person.
In the spooky spirit of Halloween, I’d like to share my free spider pattern with you.
You will need
*Quilling paper, 1/8″: black
*Black Puffy Marker & heat gun (optional)
Free Quilling Pattern — Halloween Spider
(1) 5″ loose coil (head)
(1) 16″ loose coil (body)
(1) 1-1/2″ strip (front legs)
(4) 3/4″ strips (middle legs)
(2) 1″ strips (back legs)
Using the photo as a guide, glue the 5″ loose coil head to the center of the 1-1/2″ strip, then glue them both to the 16″ loose coil body. Make a small bend in one end of each of the remaining legs forming a tab and give each one a slight curve. To attach the legs, add a dab of glue to the tab of each leg and glue it to the body, spacing them evenly on each side. Use the (4) 3/4″ strips (two on each side) for the middle legs, and the 1″ strips (one on each side) for the back legs. If you would like to add a flocked effect to the spider, paint it with the black puffy marker. When dry, turn on the heat gun and watch the paint puff.
What do you do with a scary quilled spider? Turn it into a Spooktacular Halloween card, of course.
Additional Materials for Quilled Card
*(1) 4″ x 5.5″ card, ivory
*Orange card stock
*Quilling paper: lime green, purple
*Small tag (1.5″ x 2″), lime green (Paperbilities — I found mine at Walmart)
*Ink pads: Brown (Stampabilities – Walnut); Black (StazOn – Jet Black)
*Halloween greeting stamp of choice (I bought a small set with several greetings at JoAnn for $1)
*Small piece of black netting
*Small piece of black floss
*Self-adhesive foam mount (Pop Dots)
*Dry adhesive (tape runner)
Cut a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of orange card stock and ink the edges with the brown ink; attach to front of card. Stamp greeting in upper left corner of card. Using photo as a guide, glue strips of green and purple quilling paper in a cris-cross pattern to front of card; trim edges. Tie the net to the tag with a simple overhand knot. Thread one end of the floss through the tag hole and glue to the back. Glue the other end to the center of the tag about three-fourths down. Glue the spider (head down) to the tag at the base of the floss string to make it look like the spider is hanging by the thread. Attach the tag to the card with the foam adhesive mount.
Share your Halloween card with a family member or friend. And, don’t forget to sign your work!
I hope you decide to give this project a try. If so, I’d love to hear from you. Send me a comment and let me know how it turned out.