Friday Favorites–Counting Down to Christmas

Most of us are either eating leftovers or standing in Black Friday lines today (or maybe both?).  If you’re shopping at home, remember my Black Friday Weekend Sale starts in my Etsy shop today!  Shop Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday with FREE SHIPPING on any order over $10 within the United States using the code JOLLY2014 at checkout.  For international customers, use the code WORLD2014 for $4 off any order over $10. Black Friday Weekend Sale - Crafty Staci

I’m part of that crowd that’s putting up Christmas decorations today.  In fact, most years it’s all I can do to wait until Thanksgiving is over, so today is a little victory for me.  I usually blame my hurry on the fact that the Christmas countdown needs to be up before the 1st.  Works every time.

Countdown to Christmas - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Speaking of Legos, skip the expensive, pre-filled advent calendars and make your own Lego Gingerbread Path Countdown with Frugal Fun for Boys.

Lego Gingerbread Path Advent Calendar from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

This Mousetrap Advent Calendar from Fynes Designs might be one of the most unique I’ve seen.  It can also double as a card holder!

Mouse Trap Advent Calendar from Fynes Designs

This Felt Advent Calendar from Skip to my Lou looks fun to make.  If you wanted to get fancy, you could add some embroidery stitches onto the felt.

Felt Advent Calendar from Skip to my Lou

It doesn’t get much simpler than this DIY Advent Calendar from Third Floor Design Studio.

Paper Bag Advent from Third Floor Design Studio

These fabric links from Stitch/Craft are so cute, and the daily countdown activity inside each one is a nice touch.

Countdown to Christmas from Stitch Craft

Technically, this project from Skip to my Lou is called Advent Calendar for Boys, but I see no reason why this wouldn’t be great for girls as well.  Just ask my daughter.

Yardstick Advent Calendar from Skip to my Lou

This Paper Gnome Advent Calendar from Twodaloo is a fun way to use some of the pretty paper you find in the craft stores.

Gnome Advent Calendar from Twodaloo

If you have any toilet paper rolls left from those Thanksgiving projects, this DIY Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar from Morning Creativity would be a great use for them.

Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar from Morning Creativity

This Animals in the Forest Advent Calendar from Deli from the Valley is pretty amazing.

Animals in the Forest Advent Calendar from Deli from the Valley

Advent Calendar for Seamstresses from 2 Little Hooligans – can I get a hallelujah?

Advent Calendar for Seamstresses from 2 Little Hooligans

Halloween Spider in a Jar

Materials for this project were provided by Tombow.  The project idea, opinions and mistakes are all me.

Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 2
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 2

I do not like waiting for things to dry.  Paint, glue, my hair…if it needs a little time to get there I have no patience for it.  That’s why I jumped at the chance to try this Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  No dry time, you just swipe it on and you’re done.  My kind of glue.  The only big question was what was I going to use it on?

Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 1
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 1

I’ll start by telling you that my first idea was a fail on an unphotographable level.  It wasn’t the glue, it was me.  However, attempt number two more than made up for it.  And I have a jump start on Halloween decorating!

To make this creepy little display, I used:

  • mossy twigs from outside my house
  • baker’s twine
  • spider web in a bag
  • wood letters
  • scrapbook paper
  • jar
  • battery tea light candle
  • magnet
  • a spider, instructions here
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 3
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 3

The wood letters were plain black, so I traced them on the scrapbook paper and glued the paper to the front.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 4

To create the jar scape, I started by breaking up some of the twigs to make a base for the bottom of the jar.

Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 5
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 5

I pulled some thin strips of spider web and wrapped them loosely around some taller twigs.  I pushed them into the jar, leaving the ends of the web draped over the outside edge.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 6

Next in was Spidey himself.  I bent his legs to hook onto the twigs so he wouldn’t fall to the bottom.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 7

I added glue just inside the rim of the jar in four or five places and stuck the web ends I’d left out to it.  That way, I could control where the webbing ended up and make sure it stayed there.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 8

I had intended to use glue on this next step, but found I didn’t need it.  However, if yours doesn’t work like mine did, simply glue the magnet to the candle.  Just make sure you can still access the switch.

How to Create a Hanging Light Inside a Mason Jar - Crafty Staci
How to Create a Hanging Light Inside a Mason Jar - Crafty Staci

To decorate the lid a bit, I swiped on glue in a few places, then wrapped it with baker’s twine...

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 11

..and glued a circle of scrapbook paper to the top.

Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 9
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 9

You can download the tag and pattern to cut the outer part here.  Which, of course, I glued together.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 12

I tied it to the jar with another bit of baker’s twine.

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 13

Not quite as creepy as when you have to catch an eight-legged intruder in your house in order to “set him free.”

Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 14
Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 14

Unless you want it to be…mwahh-ha-ha!

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Halloween Spider in a Jar - Crafty Staci 15

Thanks, Tombow, for letting me play with your awesome glue!