Crafty Tuesday – Halloween 3

I’m in (hopefully) sunny Scotland right now, visiting my Mum and Dad. But didn’t want you to miss out on Crafty Tuesday…so here’s one I prepared earlier! 😉

Today we’re doing more decorations that can be done by the kids and that don’t take more than the magic Flylady 15 minutes! Any arachnaphobics out there? Hope not.

And if you’re not lucky enough to have endless supplies of free chestnuts falling from the trees where you live, you could also use styrofoam balls – just make sure to paint/spray them first.


These can be hung in windows or outside your door. This is something the kids always make at nursery and school in Denmark. And as we’re surrounded by chestnut trees, the kids come home every day with their pockets full of them.

You’ll need:

  • chestnuts/conkers or styrofoam balls
  • cocktail sticks or matches
  • a small implement for making holes (like a screwdriver)
  • wool

Make about 8 holes round the outside of the chestnut. Push in the cocktail sticks or matches – it should look like a wheel. Take a long piece of wool and weave it in and out of the ‘spokes’ of the wheel. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Did I mention this project was great for kids? 😉

Keep winding around and around. Remember to leave a long piece of wool when you are finished, so that you can hang it up. You can use different yarns for different effects. DD7 liked the orange wool because it was so soft, I liked the black wool because it looked more scary…


You’ll need:

  • chestnuts/conkers or styrofoam balls

  • pipecleaners

  • a small implement for making holes (like a screwdriver)

  • something to make eyes (for example, stick-on googly eyes, small round white stickers, glitter glue)

Make four holes on each side of the chestnut. We used 2 pipecleaners for each spider. Cut each pipecleaner into 4 equal lengths, so you’ll end up with 8 in all. Stick them into the holes you’ve made and voilà, your spider has legs! Stick on some eyes. Use what you’ve got to hand. We just used a couple of dabs of glitter glue.

And, of course, you all know what it’s like when kids get carried away doing crafts? DD7 went off on a completely different tangent and came up with this…

See you next week for more crafty fun 🙂