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Halloween Topiary Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

Halloween is my favorite holiday because you get to decorate with things like eyeballs and plastic spiders. 

What you'll need to make your own spidery eyeball topiary:

Not pictured: plastic eyeballs I got at the dollar store, double sided tape, scissors, a spoon, toothpicks and a thumbtack.  Also, I watched Netflix while I made this, but that's not really required.

First, decorate your pot (I used ribbon and double sided tape):

Your styrofoam cone should fit into the bottom of your pot once it's trimmed, and you can make the hole with your wooden dowel:

Cut the bottoms of the spider rings so they're all sharp and jabby:

Jab the spider rings into your styrofoam ball, but leave spots for the eyeballs, and dig a little pit with your spoon so the eyeballs will fit in the styrofoam a little deeper:

Make a hole in the eyeball with a thumbtack and then stick a toothpick in the hole so that it fits snugly:

Jab the eyeballs into the pits, and then put spiders around them so it looks like the spiders are crawling on the eyeballs (mwahahaha):

Stick the wooden dowel into the bottom of the styrofoam ball:

Put your heavier "stuff" on top of the styrofoam cone in the pot, I used rocks, you can use anything that will add some weight so your topiary won't fall over:

Put candy corn on top of your heavy stuff and tie a ribbon around the dowel:

Eyeballs are fun.  I mean, spiders are great too, as long as they're plastic and not real and creepy and in my house.  But I just really like eyeballs.

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