We’ve never been huge decorators during the holidays.

Don’t get me wrong–I’ve always wanted to fancy up our home and get real “festive” for whatever upcoming holiday. However, when you’ve always struggled to even get your house decorated for the “everyday,” decorating for some holiday takes the back seat!

As my kids get older, however, (ages 10, 6, and 4), I realize that they’re at the age where they’re creating fun memories of their childhood. I want them to think back to the coziness of a decorated home. I want to create annual traditions of pulling the pumpkins out of storage at the first sign of a chill in the air.

I want to see their smiles and listen to their giggles with the first ghoulish screams from the lawn decorations. Halloween has always been one of our favorite times of the year and after living in our home for almost 6 years, I finally feel “settled” in enough to start giving some of my outdoors some holiday decorating love.

The Front Door Before

A boring front porch in need of some Halloween decorations

This is how our front door usually looks, 365 days a year.

… and After

But with a huge shipment of fun decorations, the kids and I completely transformed our door and walkway for Halloween!

Beautifully Spooky Front Door Decor for Halloween

Pumpkin Path Lights

Our favorite decoration are the scary jack-o-lantern lights that lined the walkway!

Scary Jack-O-Lantern Pathway Markers with LED Illumination

If we thought they were awesome in the daytime…

Scary Jack-O-Lantern Pathway Markers with LED Illumination

…they were even more awesome at night time!

Halloween Wreath

One thing I’ve always wanted on my door was a wreath. As crafty as I am, you’d think I would have DIY’ed one in the nearly six years we’ve lived here. But I hadn’t.

Artificial Wreath with Candy Corn

After hanging this cute candy corn wreath, however, and seeing how it “cozies” up my door, I can guarantee that I’ll have a wreath on my door every day! I love this wreath, especially!

Lighted jack-o-lantern with yellow mums

One thing that screams “fall” to me, along with pumpkins, are bales of hay! I picked this one up from The Home Depot for about $10, and thought it would be the perfect addition to the lighted jack-o-lantern and mums!

As I was setting everything up, the kids started getting excited as they saw it coming together!

Decorating a hedge for Halloween

With the lights stranded on the bushes…with spider webs entangled in it…they started getting into the spirit and wanting to help pull apart the faux spider webs over the bushes!

Decorating for Halloween with orange lights and fake spider webs

Beautifully Spooky Front Door Decor for Halloween

The front porch was finally starting to feel magical, especially with all the lighting!

We love the cute light up Pumpkin, Ghost and Owl you see near the door. The inflatable Pumpkin Reaper is a little more menacing to balance the cuteness.

There was one thing I wanted to make, however.

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

As much as I love ready-made decorations, you know how much I love to get crafty and upcycle, right?

So I decided in addition to my Home Depot Halloween decorations, I would add this awesome huge wooden spider to my Halloween décor!

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

Here’s how I made it!

Materials


Step 1: Gather wooden slats

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

I love upcycling left-over scraps from other projects, so I used crib slats left over from when I recently turned my sons’ old crib into a coffee table.

The slats would be perfect as spider legs!

Step 2: Remove the slats

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

I used my jig saw to cut the slats off of the crib.

Step 3: Cut the slats to size

Cutting wood for a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

Using my miter saw, I cut the crib slats in half.

Since spiders have eight legs, I needed 16 pieces in order to make bent spider legs.

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

After cutting the crib slats in half and having 16 pieces, I determined how I wanted the spider legs to be pointed, and then used my miter saw (but you can use a jig saw, too) to make the spider legs pointy.

Step 4: Paint the spider legs

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

Using black paint, I painted the legs with a couple coats.

Step 5: Trace the shape of the spider

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

Next, I had a large piece of birch plywood left over from another project.

I free-handed a spider body out of paper and traced it on the birch plywood.

Step 6: Cut the spider shape out

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

Using my jig saw, I cut out the shape. Be sure to use a scroll blade to easily cut around the curves.

Step 7: Lay out the spider legs and body

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

Afterwards, I laid out the wooden spider to visualize how it was going to look and where I needed to nail it together.

Step 7a: Attach the legs to the body

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

Using wood glue and a brad nailer (you can use a hammer and nails, if you’d like), I glued and nailed the legs to the body.

This is the point in the project where things got tricky. I tried to use wood glue to join the spider legs together in a 30-degree angle, but that didn’t work well. Even super glue didn’t hold well.

While trying to figure out how I was going to secure the legs, I decided to just let my 10-year-old go ahead and paint the rest of the body. Mommy was going to figure out a solution!

Step 7b: Screw the leg parts together

Finally, I realized that the only way to secure the spider legs at a secured angle was to use screws and wing nuts.

So I drilled a hole with a drill bit and power drill and inserted a machine screw and wing nut into each spider leg joint, then touched up the legs with another coat of paint.

How to Make a Huge DIY Spider for Halloween

I like the idea of using the screw a
nd wing nut, because I can angle the spider legs however I want now, which is pretty cool.

The Completed DIY Spider
DIY Spider for Halloween

Overall, I’m stoked at how the huge DIY wooden spider turned out for our Halloween decorations!

Act Silly

Two boys acting silly

Two of my boys were being silly and wearing the left-over spider web on their heads as turbans, wielding left-over crib slats as swords.

Pulling a silly face

I asked them to give me “scary” faces, but this is the best I could get.

The Beautifully Scary Front Door Decor

Beautifully Spooky Front Door Decor for Halloween

Beautifully Spooky Front Door Decor for Halloween

Let’s have another look at the boring before.

Front porch before adding Halloween decorations

And after, with Halloween decorations!

Beautifully Spooky Front Door Decor for Halloween

I think we very well may have started a new tradition here at the Appiah household!

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