Set a Spooky Table

Pair an orange tablecloth with black clay bats and spiders and cackle candlesticks for a festive Halloween table setting.
hclvr163_1final_spider3

hclvr163_1final_spider3

Materials and Tools:

wooden candlesticks
wooden napkin rings
primer paint
black or purple base coat paint
crackle medium
orange top color paint
clear coat spray finish
epoxy
round tablecloth
orange fabric dye
rubber gloves
black and white polymer clay
paper template for bat
clay cutting tool
baking sheets with nonstick aluminum foil
two part tie tacks
extruder - optional

Steps:

1. Following the manufacturer's directions dye a round tablecloth orange. Rinse and dry in the dryer.

2. Locate inexpensive wooden candlesticks and napkin rings. Tip: Irregulars are perfect.

3. Coat the candlestick surface with primer paint

4. Once primer paint is dry, apply a dark purple or black base coat. The base coat will be the color of the cracks and crackles in the paint. Let the base coat dry completely.

5. Brush a generous amount of crackle medium over the entire base coat and let dry.

6. When the crackle medium is dry to the touch, apply a generous amount of orange paint. Tip: Work quickly as it is difficult to go back over the topcoat to fill in thin spots. As the paint starts to dry, crackles begin to form. Let dry.

7. Apply a triple thick clear topcoat spray to finish.

Polymer clay spiders and bats

8. Roll black polymer clay into a ball for the spider's body. The size of the ball will be determined by the size of the candlestick or napkin ring.

9. For the spider's legs, roll four snakes of black clay, or use an extruder, about 5 inches long. Line them up and pinch them together in the center for a total of eight legs.

10. Press the leg group into the underside of the round body, and then separate and bend the legs into the desired position. Slightly flatten the top of the spider's body.

11. To make the bats, roll black polymer clay through a pasta machine a few times and cut out a bat silhouette using a paper bat template.

12. For the eyes roll little round balls of white polymer clay and flatten. Roll small black balls of polymer clay, flatten and press onto the white clay.

13. Bake the eyes first according to the manufacturer's directions on the clay.

14. Once eyes are cooled, position them on the spider or bat.

15. Bake the spiders and bats according to manufacturer's directions on the clay. Let cool.

16. Spray them with triple thick clear coat for a deep shine.

17. Glue the spiders or bats to the candlesticks or napkin rings with epoxy and let dry. Epoxy the sharp portion of the tie tack to the back of the bats, push it through the tablecloth and fasten with the clutch back.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Spooky Halloween Pillows

Turn your house into a delightfully frightful space with these easy-to-make felt pillows.

Garden Stationery Set

Grace Taormina creates a garden stationery set.

How to Make a No-Sew Monogrammed Table Runner

Designer Casey Noble dresses up a holiday table with a homemade monogrammed table runner made with simple sewing supplies and paint.

Tips for Setting a Formal or Informal Thanksgiving Table

Setting the table for Thanksgiving guests need not be a chore. Check out our tips for setting either a formal or informal holiday table.

How to Make a Hand-Painted Burlap Table Runner

Rustic burlap is given new life as a sophisticated holiday table runner with the addition of pleated trim and hand-painted details.

Hawaiian-Fern Table Runner

'Solar power' lends a hand in this dyeing project.

Make a Rustic Twig Table Runner

Bring an organic touch to your Thanksgiving table by creating a beautiful runner made of twigs. Kids will love scavenging for twigs in the yard, and assembly is easy enough that they can help craft it, too.

Set a Colorfully Mod Table With DIY Geometric Wood Chargers

Take wood chargers from basic to bright in less than an hour using bold paint hues and painter's tape.

How to Sew a Card Table Slipcover

Card tables are convenient to use when entertaining over the holidays, but they can be eyesores. A simple slipcover that is fitted and washable (not to mention pretty) is the perfect solution.

2 Simple Holiday Table Settings

We’ve dreamed up two fun ways to deck out your table this season: One vintage, one modern.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.