Glitter Spider Webs + Spooky Shelves

September 27, 2012

I like to spookify a section of our house every year while the kids are at school, they love the surprise when they come home.  One year I painted a ghost on the mirror above the mantel, and another year I made glowing eyes Halloween art.

This year I decided that while they were away, big black spiders would invade the family room bookcases, and bring some feathered friends.  Since I painted the built ins white this year, they were the perfect candidate for some black and white Halloween fun.

spooky spiderwebs centsational girl


The glittery spider webs were a DIY project and I used craft supplies from Martha Stewart’s collection to create them.

 diy glitter spider webs


To make them, all you need is wax paper, craft glue, and some black glitter, scissors to trim the wax paper, and a Xacto knife to cut them out in the end (not shown).

glitter web supplies


Sketch the web design with a marker or freehand it like I did with craft glue.  Scatter glitter on top to form the glittery web and allow to dry for 24 hours.

make web with glue top with glitter


Once the webs have dried, trim between the webbing carefully with a Xacto knife or craft cutter on top of a cutting board.

trim webs with xacto knife


I used these inexpensive foam mounting dots to adhere the webs to the bookshelves, but if your shelves are not white, clear glue dots should work too.

foam mounting dots


I learned the thinner your line of glue the more delicate the web is but it can get unstable if too thin, so keep your glue line thicker for a sturdier web that can span 12-16 inches.

web close up


Here they are on display, creeeeeeepy !

black glitter spider web

corner glittery spider web

glittery spider web centsational girl


The spiders crept into the niche too and made themselves at home on the family photo.

spiders and spider webs on photo centsational girl



We’ve been invaded!

diy glitter webs on bookshelf


Linking up to Sarah’s Fall Decor party today as we finish up the Autumn Link Parties…

2012 fall link parties

… be sure to hop over and get inspired!


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46 Responses to “Glitter Spider Webs + Spooky Shelves”

  1. Very Nice! I like this and am thinking you could do a similar thing with Parchment Paper and silicone caulking (from like a little tube) and the glitter and it would be flexible, you could pull it off the parchment. Wondering if that would work, if the glitter would stick enough….

  2. Stacy Marvin says:

    Where did you get the tree I love it! This makes me wish I had a white bookshelf somewhere, great ideas!!

  3. Maria says:

    That looks great!!! Love all the details, especially those webs!! So cool!

  4. Omg so cute! I am pulling out all the Halloween decor this weekend to put out and was looking for new DIY projects to add to my collection. This is definitely happening!

  5. Chelsea says:

    These are so cute (spooky) and so creative!

  6. Silvia says:

    you are full of great ideas!!! love it..

  7. It looks so great. I love that it’s not the traditional Halloween look and actually fits with your decor style. I love the spider webs…so clever.

  8. Tori says:

    You could also use fabric puffy paint on plastic and it should peel right off. I would make it think though, so it is sturdy.

  9. That is so cool! I wish my mom had creative things like this growing up!

  10. So cute!! I love how easy this is and the glitter is just an extra bonus! ;) Can’t wait to try this.

  11. wow, this is fantastic! I love the all white bookcase. such a perfect backdrop for the black halloween decor.

  12. CentsationalGirl says:

    Great idea about puffy paint Tori, I’m thinking ‘glow in the dark’ oooooh spooky, and worth a try!

  13. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Laura, I involve the kids in decorating during the holidays, letting them sprinkle in their own additions here and there, and I usually allocate certain zones, shelves, or tabletops for them to decorate. I also throw a cookie decorating party for their friends to attend, sometimes having a “crafty” event is what they look forward too. It’s tricky to find the balance but when you involve the children, I think they value the seasonal decor more.

  14. Andi says:

    This is wonderful. I love the ravens too. xx

  15. Pamela says:

    I love this!

  16. Heidi says:

    I love this! I have two white bookcases framing a tv in my living room and I’ve been thinking of doing a purple, orange, black, and white color scheme for fall in there. It’ll be perfect because the Ravens are black and purple and the Orioles are orange and black. And both teams are playing well!!!!

  17. Jayne says:

    Love this, all the black and white and you can use those glittery webs over and over again!

  18. Cynthia says:

    Love the way this looks. The spider webs are just great and I love the white pumpkins on the shelf they really pop with all the black.


  19. wow, these look great! must try!

  20. I love this! Such a fun take on Halloween decor — and you’re right, the webs really pop against the white. Looks great!

  21. Sarah Tucker says:

    This is such a neat idea! Absolutely going to do this for our Halloween party :)


  22. Lisa says:

    I just love this, Kate!

  23. Kate I LOVE this!!! Those spider webs came out sooooo cool. :)

  24. Jennifer says:

    I love the idea of surprising the kids when they get home from school. I have all boys and they aren’t interested at all in helping me decorate, but they love the decorations. Martha Stewart has some great stuff out for Halloween. I better get up to Michael’s soon before they sell out.

  25. jo says:

    Are the crows from Michaels too? Sorry if you already said and I missed it. :)

  26. SO CUTE!!! I love this. My parents used to decorate for Halloween while we were at school and I LOVED coming home to it. So much fun.

  27. Amanda says:

    I recently found your blog and I just love it. We just moved into a new house and I looked through your Rugs in the Casa post for inspiration and ending up buying one of the rugs you recommended. Next project: redo our deck based on your balcony space. Keep the posts coming – they are great!

  28. Kristine says:

    Oh WOW! The spider webs look great! Can I ask……is there glitter everywhere? :)

  29. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Kristine! During the process of making them, yep, glitter is everywhere, but once you shake them off and cut them out, no mess!

  30. CentsationalGirl says:

    Thanks so much Amanda!

  31. Barbara says:

    You have the patience of Jobe! Hope I’m getting my biblical characters correct! They turned out beautifully!!

  32. Veronica says:

    I love this idea. Very simple and displayed beautifuly. Going to try making the webs. Looks very easy to do.

  33. angie says:

    This is such a great idea. I love it. Simple, but high impact. Thanks for sharing

  34. The Nester says:

    this? is brilliant.

  35. dogsMom says:

    A nice kind of spooky!

  36. Christina Dominice says:

    I am a 4th grade teacher, so I have had much experience with parents. You are one of the best! I love your creative projects that make your house a home. Your kids are very lucky to have a mom like you!

  37. CentsationalGirl says:

    That’s so kind Christina, thank you! And thanks for being a teacher and helping to grow young minds, we need good ones like you.

  38. Genna Corwin says:

    That looks great! I love the way you decorated for Halloween, but it’s not too Halloween-y. Great job!

  39. Rachel says:

    I just made these but put them on a ziploc bag and they peeled right off. Completely eliminated the need to cut them out. S.C.O.R.E! So cute and so easy! Thanks for sharing.

  40. how2home says:

    What a simple and fun idea!

  41. CentsationalGirl says:

    Great idea with the Ziplock Rachel, big time saver! Are they stiff enough to display vertically?

  42. colleen h says:

    love this, wish I had known how to do this when my son was young he would have loved this.

  43. Rachel says:

    Yes…they are staying up nicely. I noticed mine are thicker, so maybe that helps them to stay up. I also stuck one on a mirror and it adheres very well as is.

  44. Erin says:

    Those are SO beautifully spooky Kate! I love it! Your blog is so much fun. Reading it before I get to work on my blog is always my little treat at the end of a long day. :)

  45. Debtgirl says:

    I think this is fantastic!

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