Not to be outdone by those pesky neighbors that like to spend big bucks at their local big box store we decided to one up them. Some angle iron, bolts, nuts (we are kinda nutty) and a little paper mache for the body and a couple cans of black spray paint and we now have the biggest, baddest spider in town.
18 pieces angle iron, - 2 for each leg and 2 for the body
1 bolt and 1 bolt for each joint (about 20 each) 1/4" bolts 1/2" long
1 super big bowl as a form for the paper mache body
2 cans black spray paint.
I don't have a picture for the paper mache body (I got all excited and forgot to take one) I would start with this because it will take a day or two for it to dry. I ended up putting mine in the oven on 170 degrees on day two for about an hour to help the drying along.
Step 1: The Tools
Plus a couple wrenches (not shown) to tighten up the bolts
Step 2: Assembly
Cut 2 pieces in half with the hack saw and make the square for the body frame. Drill four evenly spaced holes on two opposite sides of the square, the legs will be attached to this.
Once they are attached to the body they can be moved until your spider has the personality you envision him or her to have.
Six of the legs on our spider are at right angles and the two front legs are angled up (coming to get ya!)
*Note: The legs can be welded but the screws allow the spider to be disassembled for easy storage until the following year.
Step 3: How to Attach to the Body
Beat one end of the angle iron flat with a sledge hammer (the angle iron will be folded over and flat) now you can easily drill the hole.
Repeat for the other seven legs :-)
Match the holes in the legs with the holes in the frame and bolt together.
Step 4: Nearing the End
Here it is with four of its legs attached. Just add the back two and then angle the front two in any direction you would like.
After it's completely assembled, spray paint it black and set the body on top of the square frame.
The angle iron spider is a little flimsy but it allowed the freedom to move the legs into the desired position and then push them into the ground a bit making it sturdier.