Yes, the giant spider is still out on the porch. We discussed hanging hearts from the web and Brian just sighed. Loudly.
I read about making these last year on someone's blog and I can't remember where, so if anyone reading knows please let me know and I'll include a link. We used balloons--I think the original post used water balloons, but I could only find the regular ones. Squirt a small amount of food coloring into the balloon and then fill them with water (don't try to put the coloring in afterward, as soon as you let go of the balloon water sprays out--maybe I didn't make enough water balloons as a kid to understand how this works?). I just put them on a cookie tray and placed them on the porch to freeze.
The next morning we cut the ends off the balloons and peeled them off the frozen gems.
They really turned out beautiful. Some of them have rather odd shapes because of the way they sat on the pan, I think if we'd used water balloons they'd have a more perfect spherical shape. There was snow along the porch railing and they just stuck to it, they've been out there all day and I'm hoping they will last as long as this cold weather does (which will probably be a while)
Edit--thanks to Anna Kiss at Sugarboot and Weasel for pointing me to the original blog post-- Colored "Glass" at Hurryaic. Her tutorial includes advice on using old clothes and newspapers to stay clean--something I omitted but fortunately came through with no lasting stains.