Wednesday, October 4, 2017

DIY It - Oversized Origami Spider Halloween Decorations

I used to be obsessed with miniature everything when I was a kid. You could find me in the craft store just staring at all the doll house furniture, books, and home accessories. But now that I am an adult, I find myself obsessing over giant decorations. Maybe I should have been a set decorator or store display creator, because I absolutely love the large scale installations at stores like Anthropologie and even the hanging decorative foam core pieces over the aisles of Target during holidays.

Since I am not one to shy away from trying out new things, I decided to try my hand at crafting a few large scale Halloween decorations. These giant spiders came together with a few rolls of colored Kraft paper from the teacher supply store and a little origami action. And while I will admit that the origami was intense at such a large scale, the result was more than worth it!



In case you can't tell the scale by the photo, these spiders measure about 2.5 to 3 feet in length! Each spider took about 40 minutes to complete, but only cost about $4 each. So I definitely think the time commitment was worth the savings for such a huge impact.

Supplies:

  • Colorful (or black) 4' wide colorful Kraft paper or fadeless backdrop paper (I found mine at a local Teacher supply shop for $.49 a foot, so I bought 4' of each color so that I could have a 4' by 4' square. You need two squares per spider)
  • This video tutorial on folding an origami spider

Begin by making sure your paper is cut into even squares, then follow along on the video tutorial to fold your spiders. While I have had some experience with origami, my assistant Jen hasn't and we each were able to make a spider in under an hour. So fear not if you have never folded paper before, as the video tutorial helps tremendously!

Once you have your two pieces folded, I used a piece of tape to secure them to each other and then a few pieces of folded packing tape to secure them to the wall. But they look pretty creepy hanging out on the ground too!


I am pretty sure they make the best Halloween photo backdrop. The colors definitely help take away a bit of the scare factor, but you could easily make them with just black paper for more of a traditional Halloween decoration.


So, are you ready to try your hand at giant origami?!

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