Halloween is one of the most creative holidays to decorate for, with limitless possibilities for those who want to spook-ify their homes. Here are some entertaining and easy ideas for bringing Halloween into your home, in addition to a step-by-step guide on making a simple spider korker bow.
Fun Halloween Décor Ideas
- Turn some plain gourds into spooky bats by painting them black, affixing paper wings to the sides, and adding in white painted eyes and fangs.
- Hang strings of holiday-themed images from your windows, doors, and mantel. Some fun options are black cats, ghosts, and witches.
- Make a ghost family with balloons, tissue paper, and black felt eyes and mouths.
- Craft a bat wreath consisting of flying bat cutouts.
- Make a spider korker bow
How to Make a Spider Korker Bow:
- ¼” Korker Pieces (pre-curled) or ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon (orange and black work great)
- Clothespins (regular or miniature size)
- Googly Eyes
- 3/16” Wooden Dowels (length: 12”)
- Scissors/Rotary Cutter
- Thread and Needle
- Glue and Hot Glue Gun
- Alligator Clip + 3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon for lining
Form the spider legs: Take the ¼” grosgrain ribbon and section it into 4” pieces. Fold each piece in half and make a center crease. Use heat to seal the ribbon ends.
Curve ends: Hold your lighter next to each ribbon piece end to produce the curve. Avoid burning the ribbon by keeping the lighter a safe distance away. Repeat this with each section.
Glue the legs together: Cross the ribbons at the creases and let them fan out into a pinwheel-like shape. Glue them in place.
Forge the body: Surround the dowels with the ribbon and use a clothespin to attach both ends. (For one spider mini korker piece you’ll require 3 12” black strands.) Place wrapped dowels on a baking tray and heat at 245 degrees for 25 minutes. Take them out and let the ribbon fully cool before taking it off the dowels.
Cut all sections: Use your rotary cutter or scissors to partition off 18 2” strands. Lightly run your lighter along all edges to heat seal ends and prevent fraying.
Sew korker pieces together: With the strands in an even grouping, use your threaded needle to go back and forth several times through the center. Ensure your thumb and finger stay on each side of the piece so that everything remains in place. Knot the thread on the bottom.
Glue the head and body: Affix your spider legs to the center of the bow bottom with hot glue, then add the eyes.
Create the spider’s bow: Section off a 2” piece of orange ribbon and angle and heat-seal the ends. Shape it into an awareness ribbon and press the loop down, ensuring it is straight across and even. Thread the needle through the center and bring around the bow middle. Wrap the midpoint with the same size ribbon to conceal the thread. Add the bow to the spider with hot glue, above the eyes.
Attach the lined alligator clip. And you’re done!
You now have an adorable Spider Korker Bow fit for Halloween hair!