Creepy Crawly Pumpkin Topiary

By Noreen Doll.

Craft a creepy crawly pumpkin topiary to decorate your Halloween table.


Creepy Crawly Pumpkin Topiary by Crafty Journal

I try not to use expensive items for crafting because I know lots of people couldn’t afford to make crafts if it required purchasing expensive supplies. And I like to recycle as much as possible.

So head to your recycle bin for most of your supplies and finish up at the Dollar Store to make this fun creepy crawly pumpkin topiary.

Creepy Crawly Pumpkin Topiary by Crafty Journal

What You Need

Tin Can


Wood Dowel – 1/4 inch diameter, 10 to 12 inches long

Plaster of Paris or cement, if you have it

Orange Spray Paint or Acrylic Paint

Styrofoam Ball

Tacky Glue

Package of Spiders or Spider Rings from Dollar Store

Ribbon for Bow

What You Do

1. Push the styrofoam ball firmly down onto one end of the dowel to make a hole in the ball so it can sit on the dowel.

2. Add water and Plaster or Paris (following box directions) to the can to make a depth of 2 or 3 inches.


Warning! Always use Plaster of Paris outdoors to prevent it getting in your drains and clogging them. Use a garden hose to clean items.

3. Mix quickly and put the dowel in the center of the mix. Hold it for a couple of minutes to be sure it will stand straight. Let Harden.

4. Cut 2 or 2 1/2 inch squares from the newspaper.

5. Spread glue on a small area of the styrofoam ball.

6.Scrunch the squares around your finger and stick them in the glue, keeping them fairly close together.

7. Add more glue as needed and cover the ball completely, except for a small area around the hole you made. Let dry.

8. Spray the ball with orange paint. Let dry. Ignore that little spider that crept up on the ball.

Because I didn’t have any orange spray paint, i mixed red and yellow tempera paint with a little water, in a small spray bottle.

Shake it well and do a test spray before spraying your newspaper covered ball.

9. With black spray paint, paint the dowel and can – inside and out. Use a second coat to get good coverage. Let dry.

10. Put a bit of glue in the dowel hole and press the orange ball on top.

11. Use hot glue to attach spiders all over the ball.

12. Tie a Halloween colored bow around the can and glue a spider in the center of the bow.

Your creepy crawly pumpkin topiary is complete!


Use flies or ants instead of spiders to cover your pumpkin.

If you don’t want to paint the topiary ball, cut the squares from orange fabric, orange crepe paper, or orange tissue paper and glue them on.

© Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal


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  1. Brilliant – you’re coming up with some fabulous halloween decorations!! Thanks for sharing them!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. How easy and frightfully cute for Halloween

  3. What a cute, creative idea! I love it. Visiting from the Mad Skills Party. :)

  4. How fun!
    Dropping in from Inspire Me Monday

  5. I love this idea! Looks great!

  6. Very creative! Thanks so much for linking up with our Countdown to Fall link party! Have a great week! :)

  7. So creative!! I love you green idea! Come link up to centerpiece Wed tomorrow (it will be u early) on my blog and share this idea with us.

  8. It’s so cute! This would be a great idea for a craft afternoon with friends….

  9. This is so awesome!

    Kelly at Smart! School {House}

  10. WOW, you can’t even tell it is news paper when done! I also try and use a lot of recycled items when I craft and I just love how this came out! Thanks so much for sharing on the We Made That Linky

  11. Thanks again for linking up all your ideas on centerpiece Wednesday! Karin

  12. This is SO cool! Going to pin this, so I can come back and try it myself! Thanks so much for sharing! Sylvia

  13. That is so creative and turned out great. I love that most of the items used to make it can be found at home.

  14. Love this! Can’t wait to make one. I am on my way to Michaels now to get the plaster and paint! Thanks so much for sharing on Creative Thursday this week. Can’t wait to see what you link up next week.

  15. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    So fun and festive for Halloween! I hope you’ll link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party (fall ideas too).

  16. Love this! We love easy DIY and are looking forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing.

  17. This is so cute! Stopping by from Crafty Vanessa!

  18. Love this! Of course, it gives me the chills just looking at it (I feel like something is crawling on me) :o)

  19. This is a great creative way to make a topiary! Love it!

  20. Oh I love this! Thank you so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays! I will be featuring this on my blog this weekend so be sure to stop by and check out the feature post!


  21. So cute and I love that it repurposes the can and the newspaper! Plus you mixed the paint from what you had on hand – my kind of doings! Thanks for linking on Busy Monday – hope to see you again next week!

  22. I love this. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party

  23. This came out great!! Stopping by from delicateConstruction’s linky party. Here is what I shared this week:

  24. Easy, affordable and timely the perfect post to feature this week on Motivated Monday at BeColorful. It should be up later tonight.

  25. Hi Noreen: This is such a cute pumpkin-spider idea–I love that the project uses so many recycled items–very clever!

  26. Looks great–even the spiders aren’t too bad 😉

  27. Loving this, how cute. I also favor projects that are easy to do! You always do a great job showing us how to make one for our self. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  28. I love topiaries!! So much, and this is so cute and fun!! What a great idea!!

    We featured you today at the naturally-nifty party!!

  29. Love it! We just bought a bunch of spiders too! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  30. Super duper cute. Do come link it up with our party at We’d love to see it there!

  31. Love the spiders! Such a great idea I might need to borrow :)

  32. Thanks for sharing over at Craft Junkie Too last week. This project is part of my Featured Favorites — so I hope you can stop by again real soon.


  33. too fun, love this idea!
    I’ll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays, thanks so much for linking up!

  34. Love this idea! Pinning to try out for Hallowen :)

  35. That is super creepy and looks super easy to make! Love that you used newspaper!

  36. What a great idea! I would love it if you would consider sharing at my first ever Halloween linky party!

  37. What a GREAT idea. I love it and I could pull this off :)

  38. I love your idea. Thanks for sharing.

  39. This project is awesome and very creative. Great job!!

  40. Just as cute as can be. thanks for showing us how….

  41. This is really cute. I love it.

  42. The project it is so cute! Thank you for sharing with us.

  43. Cute, simple, and cheap to make! I love it! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

  44. This is just awesome! It’s a wonderful decoration :)

  45. Wow! I love this- very creative! This would be super as table centerpieces for a Halloween party! Great job!

  46. Hi Noreen! What a creative way to use what you have! I love it! It is versatile enough to use for different occasions! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

  47. Thank you so much for linking up with Big Autumn Bash ! :)

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