Here's a very creepy piece of Halloween jewelry
that is inexpensive and easy to make.
In this example, we used a large
fake black widow spider, but there are all sorts of menacing things you can use
such as a bat, scorpion, tarantula,
centipede, etc. If you want something less creepy you could use a
small flat Jack O' Lantern or skull.
We chose to make it as a broach, instead
of a necklace, so that the creepy-crawler appears to be crawling on
the wearer. All you need for this project is a
Halloween decoration of your choosing, a broach back, sand paper or
nail file and a
hot glue gun.
Do-it-yourself broach backs are available at craft
stores or in the craft section at your local department store. They come in a couple of different
sizes, so make sure that you buy one that is of the appropriate size
for the decoration it will be mounted to. Some of them come with a sticky backing to mount the chosen
decoration to, we prefer to remove this and hot glue it to the
decoration for extra strength, particularly if the decoration is
large and heavy.
If you can't find the type without the
sticky foam pad, remove it from the broach back by simply scraping it off with a thumb-nail
or small knife. Next, a small piece of
sand paper or a nail file is used to roughen-up the back of the decoration
where the broach back is to be attached, giving the glue a
better surface to adhere to.
using the glue gun, let it heat-up to its recommended operating temperature. Being careful not
to burn yourself, run a bead of hot glue along the back of the
broach back hardware and quickly press the glued side of the broach
back against the area of the decoration that you sanded. Again,
don't let the hot glue touch your fingers, its very hot and will
burn your skin!
Make sure that the broach back is
positioned in the
right place and oriented in the right direction, then press it onto
When wearing this spooky jewelry, try to wear a contrasting color to the
Halloween decoration you mounted on the broach, so that it will be more visible. Since the
spider on our broach is black, you might not want to wear a black
colored blouse, as the spider would blend in and be difficult to
see. If you really want to get wild, place several of these on your
clothing, such as one on your should, one on your back and another
one on a pants leg. If you expect to be around black lights, you could use a
glow-in-the-dark Halloween decoration.