This Halloween craft starts with an unexpected material—cheesecloth! Use it to create spider webs that add a subtly spooky effect to fall gourds and ceramic pots; perfect for a Halloween look with a grown-up spin.

By BH&G Holiday Editors
Updated July 30, 2019

Halloween: the one time of year you actually want spider webs in your home. Well...maybe not real ones, but cheesecloth (with the help of spray paint) creates a web effect without the assistance of our eight-legged friends. Use the finished Halloween decorations to display your favorite succulents or pretty houseplants.

How to Make a Spider Web Pot

Supplies Needed

  • Assorted gourds & terra-cotta or ceramic pots
  • Spray paint: flat black, flat gray, metallic gold
  • Large-mesh cheesecloth
  • Spray adhesive

Step-by-Step Directions

With a few supplies and these how-to instructions, you can create your own Halloween planter. Customize your spooky flower pot with black or metallic paint.

Step 1: Spray-Paint Base Coat

Lay down a sheet of paper to protect your work surface. Evenly spray-paint a pot or gourd with flat black paint. Cover the entire surface with a thick coat. It may take multiple coats to completely cover. Set aside and let dry completely between each coat.

Step 2: Choose Your Finish

Cover each painted project with cheesecloth. Spread the cheesecloth out to achieve the webbed look. Choose your paint finish.

  • For gray look: Spray-paint a thin layer of flat gray over the black; let dry.
  • For metallic look: Spray-paint a thin layer of metallic gold over the black; let dry.

Carefully remove the cheesecloth and let the project dry completely. Display your finished painted pots or gourds as part of a fall mantel or as a Halloween centerpiece.


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