Friday, September 3, 2010

Today's Guest: Jen Johnson

Today we are excited to have our local friend Jen back from {johnson journal}.  We get excited anytime she gives us a sneak peek into her home.  We're sure you will agree!


A few years ago, while browsing Hallmark magazine (wish it was still being published!!), I tore out some instructions on how to make fluffy spiders.  I just found those pages and decided to give them a try. These little spiders are quick, easy, and really cute!


You'll need:
1 skein black yarn (not shiny or metallic)
5 pipe cleaners per spider
1/2-inch to 3/4-inch green or orange buttons for the eyes

1.  WRAP YARN around 3 fingers until you have a large ball (about 2 inches thick on each side).


2.  Lay 5 pipe cleaners parallel to the loops.


3.  Tie the ball of yarn and the pipe cleaners together with a double piece of yarn, as tightly as possible. Cut the loops and trim the pom-pom into the shape of a globe. I had to trim more than I thought I would... and it makes a bit of a mess :)


4.  Create the legs using 4 of the pipe cleaners. On each side of the body of the spider, bend the pipe cleaners in the center to make knees and then again at the end to create feet.  (Leave the remaining pipe cleaner unbent to attach the eyes in the next step).

5.  Make the eyes by cutting each of the ends of the last pipe cleaner so they extend an inch beyond the body. Take a button and thread a pipe cleaner up through 1 hole and down the other so the center of the eye is black. Twist the pipe cleaner behind the button to secure. Repeat with another button and the remaining pipe cleaner. Move the eyes wide apart for a startled look, or close together for a more goofy expression.

6. Decorate with them! The best part!








Don't you just love em'?  We've already bought all the supplies to make our own friendly spiders.
You know you want some too, right?


  1. Adorable! I can see these scattered all over for Halloween. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. OMG how CUTE!!! and SO easy!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cute and easy, but I really like the idea of just framing a piece of Halloween scrap paper and hanging it on the wall behind the spider!

  4. So cute...seriously...super cuteness goin on!! Loving the spooky craft marathon, too! Keep it up, girls!

  5. Thanks for sharing. These are sooo cute. I see some spiders showing up at my house.

  6. I can't wait to make these with my kids! They are so CUTE!

  7. Those are cute, what a wonderful addition to the decor!

  8. How cute is her house! Holy cow! Thanks for sharing.

  9. These are adorable. I can't wait to make some. These look easy enough that I can enlist the help of my son. I love that lampshade too.

  10. Well now!
    If that's not a cute little spider I don't think there is one!
    Cute and such a FUN little project!
    I am LOVIN the idea of all this HALLOWEEN action over here!
    Delighted to find you through TidyMom...
    who I adore!
    And that button for your SPOOKY celebration...
    is ROCKIN!
    Just added it to my side~bar under HOLIDAY!
    Have a BALL celebrating Halloween!

  11. Sooooo adorable! I just have one question...when you tie the yarn loops and pipe cleaner with a double string of yarn, do you tie over the whole bundle of yarn, or through the middle? Just wanted to check before I go cutting and end up with nothing. I love your spooktacular september!

  12. How cute is this... love you blog :)

  13. Adorable!! I've got to know what kind of Halloween scrapbook paper that is! So cute!

  14. Love this....and love the decor in the house, maybe she will tell you how she made the bunting and the spooky letter!!! Love all the festive ideas...

  15. Love the spiders, adore the house!! Such a fantastic mantel to work with.

  16. My little boy is going to love making these!

  17. I wasn't completely sold until I saw them in your fabulous house! Makes me want to pain everything white. SO fun!!!

  18. SO stankin' CUTE!!! I can't wait to try this!!!

  19. Soo cute!!

    I would LOVE to know how to make the SPOOOKY blocks!!

    Thank you :)

  20. I am having a hard time visualizing how to make the does the 5th pipe cleaner get to the center where the eyes are at? Also, when you wrap yarn around the body, is it horizontal or vertical way? Thanks-these are super cute and I am totally challenged when it comes to figuring out directions! :)

  21. I just made my first spider - LOVED how cute it turned out! Also I had just bought some adorable halloween fabric - now I know what to do with it - frame it! I think I may do some squares and then some in circles with embroidery frames that I spray paint black! Thanks for the great halloween ideas! Can I post this cute idea on my blog with a link to you?

  22. What a cute project! I need to make some of those right away!!


  23. These are so very cute!
    I can't wait to make them to surprise the kids next week!
    Helping you store what matters most!

    Try it FREE

  24. I LOVE him! So darn cute!
    We're following you now! Check us out and follow back! :)

  25. AWW! I'm in love. It's darling! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  26. Loved this posted. It inspired me to make these:

    xo thanks!

  27. Well....that one on the lamp needs to come to my house this minute!! How cute is that entire display? And while my mantle is not cute and white like IS very similarly shaped....and would be a lovely home to a 'lil spider dude.

    I really like these! Simple. And totally do-able. YAY!!

  28. loving your spooktacular september! cute spiders and decor!

  29. Super cute idea! Is there a tutorial on how to make those cute pumpkins set on the candle holders?

  30. I love this and those Spooky letters...I need those!!!

    I'm loving the fun scary projects here.

  31. Love the pretty candy dishes. Can anyone tell me HOW you have the will power to have all that candy around though? Our family would have that gone in no-time-flat, and then they'd be sending Mom out to get more! I guess I can dream.

  32. Love this spider project so much, I included it in a Halloween decorating post:

    Thanks for inspiring us!

  33. So cute! Definitely going to make some up for little girl. She loves yarn:)

  34. I LOVED this little pom spider and featured it here. So cute!

  35. These are so cute, I can’t wait to make them! I just posted about them and included the link to this post on my blog. I’d love it if you’d check out my post at

    Happy October!