Wicked Craft Week: DIY Black Widow Halloween Yard Decoration {Shift Ctrl Art)

We are moving onto day 3 of Wicked Craft Week and I am so excited to share today's project from Katja of Shift Ctrl Art. Try not to get too spooked......
the black widow

So there is a black haunted lady in our front yard. A black widow. She just showed up yesterday. Muha hahahaha. Uh uh uh Mufasa...

the black widow

Ok, ok, I totally made that up. As I made her up. Of chicken wire and tulle and stuff. Here is how I made her.

Oh and before I forget: wear leather garden gloves for this type of project. That chicken wire is out to get you.

the black widow

I unrolled my 2 ft by 25 ft of chicken wire. I used some rocks to make it lay flat. It really wants to roll back into a roll. Chicken wire is introverted, I think.

the black widow

I made sure that whenever I cut pieces of the chicken wire off, that I would bend back the pokey ends like you see in the above photo.

the black widow

The shaping itself is kind of free form. First I curled the end around to make a tube, then I narrowed her neck, then started pulling on the top of the tube to form a head like you see here. I used the rocks to keep the chicken wire in place.

the black widow

Next, I formed the torso and fetched myself a garden stick. I tied her neck with wire so it was too narrow for the stick to go through. I then tied her waste with wire, but a bit looser so the stick could pass through. Then I propped her up on the stick and cut off the chicken wire at the bottom to form the first part of her skirt.

I cut two more lengths for the skirt, narrowed them at the waist and tied them below the torso of my fair lady. She didn't mind.

the black widow

Next, I transferred my project to the front yard, used a hammer to secure my stick into the ground, then put her on top of the stick. Then I folded the bottom of her chicken wire dress in toward the stick to make her as stable as possible. We have had Santa Ana winds here today and she is still standing. She could be auditioning for an Elton John video. Who knows...

the black widow

I used three rolls of black tulle. Two of the rolls I used to make into her skirt and one I used for her hair. The hair is made of long pieces with a piece of wire in the middle of it attached to the top of her head. Fancy.

the black widow

Each of the tulle pieces for her overlay dress is knotted to a piece of string like you see here.

Next, I draped my 5 yards of thin fabric starting at the skirt then going around, then over her torso and her head. I secured the fabric in about 6-8 places with small pieces of wire. Over that, I tied the overlay dress made out of tulle strips. It looks spooky and kind of awesome when the wind catches the tulle.

Finally, I added a purple forever mum to her waste line. Because she deserved it.

Here she is again.

the black widow

I always thought I would own a pair of moving reindeer in my front yard before I would ever own a chicken wire tulle lady. Guess not...

All my best,
Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art

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Our Pinteresting Family said...

You are so creative! That looks fantastic in your yard. :)

mari of {crab+fish} said...

super cute and very imaginative!...also I'm a little bit scared of chicken wire now, haha!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is perfectly spooky - just awesome for Halloween and a great way to add some visual interest for the month! Love it, Katja!

Emily @ Go Haus Go said...

Super spooky and scary in all of the right ways! You are so creative!

Anonymous said...

Very creative for Halloween!

Amber Wills said...

So cute in a very spooky way of course! Can't wait to see the tutorial on moving reindeer! ;)

Amy W said...

Love this. The most beautiful scary thing ever!

Michelle Paige said...

So creatively spooky!

Ainhoa @ALittleBite said...

It's awesome!!! So creative. You must have the best Halloween-ready house on the street!

Julia@Cuckoo4Design said...

Creeeeeeepy! LOVE!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

Katja always has the most creative projects! This one is suuuuper creepy. :) Great post!

Caitlin @ Desert Domicile said...

So awesome Katja! I'd love to see how she looks at night! You should put a spotlight on her and scare the neighbors driving by ;)

John @ Our Home from Scratch said...

Nice! Very creepy. Creative idea!

Gretchen said...

ooh, so creepy! I'm impressed....chicken wire is a pain to work with (literally. pokey--ouch!)....I remember from when we used it on our actual chicken pen ;)

Cassie Bustamante said...

OMG katja- that is AWESOMe!!!! i love how creepy it is!

Stacey Crew said...

Wow! That's fun. Happy Halloween!

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

So fun! What a great idea Katja!

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