Jell-O molds can be purchased at fleas, antiques shops or Etsy for as little as a couple of bucks. We love this cute idea to turn them into spider bodies for Halloween. And in case you’ve been bitten by the upcycling bug, when the season’s over, instead of stashing them away, you could always flip them over, remove the legs and thread twine or sturdy yarn through the holes to create a little plant-holding hanger. Maybe for, say, a little potted spider plant?
Nail or awl
Scrap wood block
12” black pipe cleaners
Black spray paint
Materials as desired for eyes (see step 4)
1. Using a nail or awl, punch four small holes along each side of mold in the creases near the bottom of the mold for legs. Punch holes from outside to inside to assure a smooth surface on outside. Tip: Insert a hard block inside of mold to keep mold from squishing.
2. Spray the mold with black paint (we used Rustoleum semi-gloss). Let dry.
3. Fold pipe cleaners in half and insert into holes for legs from inside of mold, following the picture as a guide.
4. Then, get creative with the eyes. We used vintage numbered tacks, grommets and washers. Screws, buttons, cap nuts, almost any small round objects will do. If using tacks or screws, punch additional holes so they can be inserted into mold. We placed washers and receiver grommets behind tacks and inserted through holes using Gorilla Super Glue Gel to secure. Note: Once glue dries, snip off sharp end of tack with a wire cutter for safety.
PHOTOS & PRODUCER Ki Nassauer