DIY Swarming Spiders Tablecloth

Remember when I met Martha Stewart?

Our eyes met across the crowded room and I could have sworn she mouthed, “call me”!

Seems her number is unlisted so imagine my delight when I received this box full of Martha Stewart Crafts supplies so I could whip up some DIY Halloween decorations.

But what to create that’s Martha-worthy?

This will surely make her skin crawl.

#Halloween Crafts -  Make this Swarming Spider Tablecloth - be the hit of your dinner party!

#Halloween Crafts -  Make this Swarming Spider Tablecloth - be the hit of your dinner party!

Make a Swarming Spider Tablecloth

1) Wash a dropcloth (mine is 6′ x 9′)

2) Spread it on your table
(put a brown paper grocery bag under each section as you stencil to protect your table)

3) Simply stick the self-adhesive Martha Stewart Crafts spider stencil onto the drop cloth

4) I used a small Martha Stewart paint brush and applied Beetle Black Multi-Purpose Satin paint in a pouncing motion

5) Remove stencil and repeat, and repeat, and repeat … until you have a swarm!

Tip:  rinse stencil after every 30-40 spiders and dry on old dish cloth (not paper towel – too much lint)

#Halloween Crafts -  Make this Swarming Spider Tablecloth - be the hit of your dinner party!

I couldn’t stop there.

I was married on Friday the 13th so I consider it a lucky number (most days anyway)!

A couple of self-adhesive stencils and red glass paint made it simple to whip up these wine glasses.

#Halloween Crafts -  Make this Swarming Spider Tablecloth - be the hit of your dinner party!

Make an Unlucky 13 Wine Glass

1) Wash and dry glasses (from dollar store)

2) Apply self-adhesive Martha Stewart Crafts number stencils

3) Brush on Martha Stewart Habanero Frost glass paint with a small paint brush

4) Remove stencils while paint is still wet

5) Pour a glass of red wine and don’t walk under any ladders

#Halloween Crafts -  Make these unlucky 13 glasses - be the hit of your dinner party!

Thanks Plaid for sending me this ginormous box of goodies!

Martha Stewart Crafts supplies - you've got to see what she made with this!

Is your skin crawling yet?

#Halloween Crafts -  Make this Swarming Spider Tablecloth - be the hit of your dinner party!

Like this?  Then you’ll love my Arachnophobia Wreath!

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Martha Stewart Crafts by Plaid and Blueprint Social however the opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Fun! (But here in the south we have to worry about REAL spiders–poisonous ones–which is one more reason I miss Buffalo.)

  2. I love it! Sounds weird to say it’s cute (since it’s spiders) – but it is so cute!!!

  3. Very cute!

  4. oh…love this!!!!! great job!!

  5. Wow, how fun! Both the tablecloth and receiving a box of free goodies!

  6. I got the shivers just looking at this amazing creepy crawly…I know you did make MARTHA proud!!…love this

  7. Creepy and cute at the same time. I really love it and my kids would get such a kick out of having spiders all over the table. Very clever!

  8. Very cool and creepy project….I love it!…How great is that great box of Plaid goodies you received!!!

  9. awesome job, kelly! it looks creepy but cute, too!

  10. AWESOME!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!! : ) hugs…

  11. My head is going to explode with how awesome your tablecloth looks Kelly!!!! I love your artistic trailing of those little spiders!

  12. Yes I am pinning this, I love it and I can do this, but mostly I’m pinning it to remind me this is a seriously creepy table cloth. If I have nightmares tonight I’m blaming the spiders.


  13. So cute Kelly!! I think Martha would definitely be proud! :)

  14. OH my gosh this is too cute!!! It’s a little creepy but so adorable, absolutely perfect for a Halloween dinner party. You did a fabulous job with this. Pinning!

  15. This is so creepy-cool!

  16. beautifully done but yuck! made my skin crawl just looking at it but I guess that’s the point. I would not have the patience to do hundreds of anything on a table. I admire your persistence.

  17. You go girl. Martha told me she was mouthing…..I’ll be over for dinner :) Love this idea and the spiders look so creepy cute :)

  18. So cute! What an awesome idea. I think even I can spring for a drop cloth and a stencil!

  19. I never knew something could be so cute and so creepy at the same time!

  20. This is so much fun! Martha will have you on speed dial 😉

  21. Beautifully executed even though it is making my skin crawl … spiders are one of my worst fears! You could makes lots of $$$ selling those tablecloths in Richmond though cause the University of Richmond are the “fighting spiders” and you see that mascot a lot, me especially cause hubs and next door neighbor are alums. Spook on Kelly!

  22. Ok, this is seriously the most perfect Halloween table cloth ever!!! Love it … and the unlucky wine glass … you know that wouldn’t stop me from enjoying some vino with you!!

  23. Oh my gosh! I love this…so darling in a slightly creepy sort of way. Great job Kelly!


  24. This is the creepiest tablecloth ever, but I luv it! I think if I were sitting at the table to dine, I’ll be wiping spiders off of me continuously 😉 Great job.

  25. That’s so cute but MAN, is that creeping me out!!!!!

  26. Oooooh, awesome! What a giant box of happy! Creepy spiders and unlucky/lucky numbers!! Perfect!

  27. I love it! It looks so great.

  28. Glad you got some goodies from Martha. Love those spiders – you must have seen the baby spiders emerging from their egg sac before because you captured the movement perfectly. Loving the new you – I need to practice getting over here though!

  29. AWESOME! Aren’t the stencils the best? Loved mine.

    This spidery craft is spooky and skin crawlingly perfect. Nice!

  30. Outstanding! This is such a fun tablecloth. I love the glasses too! I haven’t tried to stencil on glass…need to change that.

  31. What a fun table covering!

  32. Love, love, love this idea, Kelly! It came out great!

  33. Kelly this fabulous lady!!! It would have been easier if they had made the spider a stamp though instead of a stencil.

  34. Tanya@TakeSix says:

    What a GREAT idea! Would it be pretty with multicolored fall leaves as well! Thanks for such a wonderful idea!

  35. Perfect for Halloween….just not on my table. LOL. Spiders are my enemy. I love how you patterned the stencil across the dropcloth. Great eye :)

  36. springthe2seasons says:

    That is the best tablecloth! What a great box of goodies.

  37. This looks awesome . . . a little creepy, but awesome!

  38. Creepy! I love it! (well…cute fake spider stencils are okay, real spiders are not!).

  39. Such a cute table setting! But it kind of gives me the heeby jeebies haha!

  40. Martha is going to be calling you, girl! What a fun tablecloth. Now I just need to get hooked up with Plaid!

  41. Love this! It’s very Halloween, but also reminds me of some scary scenes in Harry Potter.

  42. I thought I left a comment yesterday … but I’m a bit all over the place these days … so here’s the comment: So clever! Love it! I really need to get my hands on some of those Martha Stewart stencil kits …



  43. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    Almost spit soda on my monitor with the “call me”-too great! Cute tablecloth and yes, I think the idea is Martha worthy:@)

  44. Hey Kelly, very cool & crafty:). I am jealous, what a great bundle of goodies you recieved. Enjoy them, the table cloth came out awesome:). Jen

  45. You have to know I love you…otherwise I would totally leave. I am terrified of spiders…please don’t hold it against me or try to place a rubber spider on my plate to get a quick laugh. I have clicked on this post 4 times today to comment, and finally came back and scrolled through very quickly to say…if I liked spiders, I would totally make a tablecloth just like yours. Instead, I think I’ll try one of Martha’s pumpkin stencils for mine 😉 Let’s just hope I don’t have nightmares about millions of teeny spiders in my sheets tonight…

  46. Oh my, I love this!!! You are so darn creative!!

  47. That is super cute and creepy! How fun Kelly!

  48. Creepy! But so cute. IMO, you have out done Martha Stewart!

  49. I Love the spiders table cloth. It looks so wonderful and so creepy. Happy Halloween.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  50. Spooky tablecloth but looks so fun. My kiddos would have a blast with it. They all know that my worst fear are spiders!
    Glad Martha gave you that call, I’ve been waiting by the phone in anticipation, when I say waiting I mean w.a.i.t.i.n.g.!
    Again, great craft~it turned out great!

  51. Love this!!! Lucky you to receive a box full of Martha Stewart goodies!

  52. I love this! The spiders are so creepy in a cute, classy way.

  53. Kelly, this spider tablescape is fantastic! You are so festive for Halloween. Loving your FB profile pic.

  54. This is amazing. Looks like something you’d find at Pottery Barn and Martha should be very proud!

  55. truly a Martha-esque work! It is both gorgeous, cute , fun and classy! A difficult mix to achieve but you did it. You truly deserve that Craft set! :-)

  56. What a fun idea, Kelly–that was a lot of stenciling for the tablecloth! But I love how it turned out, and the wine glasses are a very cool idea–I’ve never tried stenciling on glass before, so will have to give it a try! Have a wonderful rest of your week–I have been up to my eyeballs painting on projects, but one should be done in time hopefully for next week’s post!

  57. Great table runner! It’s just the perfect amount of spooky! 😉

  58. That is too cute, but I would have a hard time eating with all those spiders!

  59. stupendo!mi piace tantissimo!

  60. This. Is. Amazing. Martha should definitely be trying to find YOUR number once she sees what you’ve created! :)

  61. This is super fun! I love it! Sharing on my FB page and pinning!

  62. I don’t know who you think you are .. but holy hell- You rocked this Table and the 13th Glasses! Shush it right now.. Pinning it.. because all the cool cats {like Martha} are doing it too! :)

  63. Soooooo cool! I once hot glued tiny plastic spiders to a white bed sheet which I had covering our sofa for Halloween. It looked really cool, and this is even better, because they don’t come off! I love the idea and will totally be “borrowing” this! Genius to use a drop cloth!!

  64. I love this tablecloth! Thanks for the tutorial. I pinned and shared the pin on my facebook page atOneCreativeMommydotcom. .

  65. Thanks for sharing the idea. I am not much into spiders, but it is cute and could be used with other stencils as well. Let the creative juices begin. I got your link from Savvy Southern Style blog linkup. If you get a chance stop by my blog Recipe for Life and check out my family favorite recipes. Blessings, Deborah H. Bateman-Author

  66. Ok I just made Spider Invested wreath and this would go perfect with it! LOVE this! Looks so simple. Thanks for sharing and I’ll be sharing with my fans tonight;)

  67. Love the tablecloth!

  68. I love this tablecloth and so will my Halloween crazed hubby! Great tutorial but one quick question…did you have to do anything once you painted the spiders to set them so they wouldn’t come out in the wash? Thanks so much for the great idea!

  69. All about Halloween says:

    Wouldn’t it be easier to stamp spiders? Me thinks so

  70. I was wondering how you make self adhesive stencils?

  71. You did a fabulous job! I am certain Martha got a kick out of the table cloth and wine glasses – so clever!

  72. I LOVE this! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  73. I just LOVE this spider tablecloth I had to feature it on my Facebook page today!! I think I’ll have to make something for my table now!


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