Now that October is here and Halloween is just around the corner, I have something to show you that has nothing to do with cooking.

My Not-So-Scary Spider is so darned cute, he belongs out in the yard so all your neighbors can see!

From the time my oldest daughter, Ann Marie, was a toddler, I’ve been decorating the house for every holiday that came along.  And even though she just turned forty years old this fall, I’m still decorating the house.

I keep saying I’ll scale back, but then I can’t help myself.  Out come the decorations.  And every year, I try to come up with something new.

spider-2This year, it’s my spider.  We came across the idea for this cute little guy while we were researching lawn games for our youngest daughter, Amy’s, recent wedding.  The spider is made from a pumpkin and PVC pipe.  Spray him black, draw some eyes, and you’re done!

Here’s the supplies you’ll need:

  • 10″ pumpkin
  • 8 ea – ½” 90º PVC pipe elbows
  • 8 ea – ½” PVC pipe, 16″ long
  • 8 ea – ½” PVC pipe, 6″ long
  • 1 can Black spray paint
  • White paint marker

Spray the pumpkin and all PVC pieces black.  When dry, using a ¾” drill bit, drill 4 holes on each side of the pumpkin as shown.  Insert PVC pipe.  Draw eyes.  That’s it!

Of course, you’ll have to adjust the sizes of the PVC pieces depending on the size of your pumpkin.  The dimensions I list are the ones we used for the spider in the photos.  Have fun, and don’t get too scared, okay? 

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I’m a wife to one, mom to four, grandmother to eight. . . and a romance novel writer! After publishing 14 western historical romances with traditional publishers, I self-published a contemporary romance before embarking on my new 1920s historical romantic suspense series, The Secret Six. Please do visit my website, www.pamcrooks.com, to learn more about my books, all available on Amazon as well as most other online booksellers.

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