a spider web with paint dipped pumpkins


i just love when inspiration sneak ups and smacks you in the face with a good idea! a couple weekends ago i found a large vintage embroidery hoop at an antique shop. i had no idea what i’d do with it, but i decided to buy it anyway… and it was only $10. what a deal!

this weekend i was looking at the empty hoop and was inspired to create a new fall display with it … complete with a spider web.

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if i have to say so myself, i really pleased with the results! unique, fresh, fun, and colorful! what more could i ask for?

so here’s how the spider web hoop came together.

first, if you don’t have an vintage embroidery hoop laying around, you can easily use a new embroidery hoop from your local fabric shop. feel free to age it with some stain or paint if you wish.

next, using white yarn, i tied six strings of fabric onto the inner portion of the embroidery hoop. when tying on your strings, be sure they all intersect at one common point. i decided i wanted my intersection point to be off centered. then, reattach the outer hoop.

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once that’s done you need to start creating the web. cut a piece of yard and attach it, with a knot, to one of the strings on your hoop. starting towards the center, work in a clockwise fashion (or in my case counterclockwise) attaching your yarn to each piece of string on your hoop.

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it may take a couple times for you to get the tension right between each string. just keep trying. i had a hard time at first but after a couple tries i got a rhythm and the whole thing came together nicely and fairly quickly.

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once you finish one row, start a new row, with a new piece of string.

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as you continue to add rows, pull the string from you newly added rows outward to create more tension between the strings.

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continue  adding rows of yarn until you are satisfied with the look.

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and you’ll have a super cute spider web! i also added one of those really cute spiders from my shoppe to complete the look!

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for the rest of the display i made some paint dipped pumpkins! i admittley started off by actually dipping the pumpkins in paint. FAIL. i had to use a lot of paint, the process was really messy and trying to get them to dry all the way around with out dripping wasn’t easy.

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instead i placed the pumpkin upside down on a drinking glass and used a small foam brush and just painted the pumpkin. the crisp edge on the foam brush gave me a clean line and no brush strokes. plus there was no mess and the pumpkin could dry completely on the glass.

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once dry, i arranged my little display adding in some glass cloches and black pillar candle holders. and that’s it! a festive new display.

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as always, i’d love to know what you think! how’d i do? will you be trying either of these projects?

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  • Shannon @ DoveNest28 at

    Love the fresh feeling of your display! I want some of those bracket holding up the shelf!

  • Emily@TheWickerHouse at

    Love all of your clever ideas. that spiderweb is soo neat. and I’m definitely going to try the pumpkin dipping.

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  • Erin at

    I’m doing some major catching-up with your blog, Michael–sorry for so many comments at once! Your spider web craft is totally precious. Anything involving embroidery hoops is always awesome. And I’m DYING over your architectural salvage shelf…that thing is amazing! With that project and the ladder-turned-wall shelf you posted earlier this year, you have the best ideas for creating shelving from unexpected pieces.

  • Reenie at

    Those pumpkins are sooo cute. I may give it a try with spray paint =)

  • SILVIA at

    wow really like your blog, you are very talented..

  • Maureen Cracknell Handmade at

    I love it all!!!

  • Lili at

    I just love your mad inspiration, who would have even come up with this darling little display starting out with an embroidery hoop!! The colors on your little pumpkins remind me of candy corn too. Do you know what wax resist is? I use it in our pottery when dipping the pots in the glaze to achieve a straight line where the glaze won’t adhere. Now you’ve got my wheels turning to see if it could work on pumpkins that way too. Perfect job Michael! ~Lili

  • jek-a-go-go at

    absolutely fantastic! i love it and admit i am jealous as i had been wanting to make a hoop web but my tries had failed. yer tutorial is WONDERFUL! thank you for sharing.and the pumpkins are super spiffy!


  • Nancy in NC at

    I love everything about this! It’s unique and clever and so colorful and cute. Great job!

  • Ali Richardson at

    I love love love it! Thos pumpkins are fantastic and they totally look “dipped.” The web in the hoop is perfect too. You rocked it!

  • Suzie at

    Some Spider!

  • Carrie Rosalind at

    Ohmygosh, shut UP! SO stinkin’ cute! I am totally in love with everything about this – especially that spider web…making one as soon as I get home tonight! Thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂

  • Paula at

    This is a great use for your vintage embroidery hoop. I really like that your project can easily be taken apart after Halloween so that you can use the hoop for its original purpose or to decorate for another holiday.

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    I love this display. The hoop is so cool. Wouldn’t it be great with a doily, too?

    I also just did a painted pumpkin project,too. Love yours.

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    oh my gosh… do I say that every time I comment here? No idea… but that spider web is the most awesome idea ever!

    Another hit!


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