Are you looking for a quick Halloween tablescape? This creepy spider Halloween table setting is SUPER quick and easy to recreate.
I wanted to set a unique Halloween tablescape. One that isn’t orange and black, or covered in carved pumpkins, blood, or scary stuff. I wanted something totally different.
I wanted the opposite of your usual Halloween decor.
Which (to me) means clean and white. So, why not create a white Halloween table setting with pops of black?
But the table set up needed to reflect Halloween.
That’s when I thought of including spiders. They would add the pops of black along with the “creepy” factor.
After all, spiders are creepy, and big black hairy ones are associated with Halloween.
That’s how my inspiration for this Halloween table setting with spiders came about. And I want to share with you how easily you can recreate this tablescape.
How to Create a Stylish Spider Halloween Table Setting
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Before you start creating your stylish spider Halloween tablescape, you will need to cover your dining table with a plain white tablecloth.
You don’t want one that has a design or pattern unless it looks like a spider’s web.
If you don’t have a white tablecloth (or don’t really want to buy one) then you could use a white sheet to cover your table.
Step 1: Create the centerpiece for your spider Halloween table setting
This creepy Halloween centerpiece is SUPER easy to create.
First, start with a black vase that has a fairly large opening. I choose to use a small vase, as I wanted the vase to have a minimal impact on the table.
Since it’s a black vase on a white tablecloth, your eye will immediately be drawn to it. Which is why I wanted a small vase versus a large one. A large vase would become the primary focus on the table. Not what you want for this tablescape.
Next, I added three white branches inside the vase. These are branches I’d diy’d from a past tablescape (a totally different-looking table!). They’re very easy to make yourself. (The link to the project is at the bottom.)
Make sure that your branches go in different directions and heights. This adds to the visual impact of the diy Halloween centerpiece.
I also added two branches next to the vase, on the table. This helps to ground the centerpiece to the table, and will provide a place for my spiders to start crawling.
Then I hung black plastic spiders from the branches.
I simply tied them with thread and then wrapped the thread around the branches. No need to tie them to the branches, as the spiders are so light. Plus it’s easier to remove them later.
Have the spiders hang at varying lengths randomly along the branches.
After the spiders are hanging from the branches, take some spider webbing (you need just a little) and stretch it from one branch to another. You don’t want to engulf or completely cover the branches. You want it to appear that there are just a few webs.
Then the final step to this creepy Halloween centerpiece diy is to add a few larger black spiders onto the webs and branches. As if they’re crawling on them.
I don’t know about you, but when I was working with the fake spiders I kept getting creeped out. Just handling them made my skin crawl.
Once you’re done adding the spiders, take a step back and look at the centerpiece from different directions. Make sure it looks good from every angle. Then make any necessary adjustments.
Step 2: Layout the place settings for your black and white Halloween tablescape
After you have your creepy spider Halloween centerpiece in place, the next step is the place settings.
The black and white Halloween place setting I created for this table is a very simple layout ~ keeping with the overall simplicity of the table setting.
I really didn’t want the place settings to be a primary focal point, but more as a supporting element of the whole look.
To start the place settings, I used black paper lace doilies. I really liked how they peaked out once the plates were added, along with the scalloped details. They gave the impression of a placemat but were purely for decorating the table.
On top of the black doilies, I added a white dinner plate and a white salad plate.
Next was the silverware and a milk glass goblet. *There are two forks: one for the salad plate and one for the dinner plate.
Then to complete the spider theme place setting, I rolled a white napkin and slipped on a diy spider napkin ring. The spider napkin ring is SUPER EASY to make! Plus it doubles as a place card holder!! (The diy link is at the bottom.)
For the place cards, I simply cut 2″ x 3″ pieces of white paper, drew a spider web on the card, and then wrote the guest’s name. Super simple.
Check out how awesome the place settings and diy Halloween centerpiece look from above. Definitely creepy!!
Step 3: Incorporate other spider Halloween decor items into your room
Whichever room you are using for your creepy Halloween tablescape, try to incorporate a few elements into the room.
I have a buffet next to my dining table, so I like to decorate it to complement my table setting. It really helps pull the room together and highlight the theme on the table.
For my Halloween white and black tablescape spider theme, I used only black and white on the buffet.
I kept it very simple with a white runner along the top of the buffet and two tall pillar candle holders with white candles. I then stretched spider webs from the candle holders to the corners of the buffet. This allowed the spiders to climb up the webbing. Ew!!!
I completed the look with a white drink in a punch bowl, more fake spiders, and cheesecloth diy ghosts.
Super simple and ties into the black and white Halloween tablescape theme.
Check out how it looks from the table. Almost as if the spiders had crawled from the table onto the buffet.
I love how creepy looking this spider Halloween table setting turned out.
There’s something about spider webs and black spiders crawling around that just makes my skin crawl. So sitting down at this creepy Halloween table with spiders definitely made me uneasy. No matter if they were fake spiders!
How do you think your guests will feel ~ dining with spiders?
Will they love it? Or do you think they’ll be creeped out?
*I’ve gotta tell you ~ my husband LOVED this centerpiece and wanted to keep it up for a long time!
Check out the easy DIY projects used to decorate this tablescape:
- Realistic Snow-Covered Branches DIY
- Halloween Spider Centerpiece DIY
- DIY Spider Napkin Rings
- Halloween DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Place Card Holders
*The white goblets are milk glass and can be found on Replacements.