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This Instructable will show you how to put together some LeD Spidies for Halloween.

They are simple to make and fun to hide in dark corners for guests to find.

I have tried to keep this simple and to the point for the younger viewers. If you are after something a little more challenging, perhaps incorporate a vibe motor and some moving limbs to the equation. Widow Maker
 
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Step 1: What we will need

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Hopefully you should be able to find most of what you need around the house.



~ 1 X Coathanger (for the legs).

~ 1 X Egg Carton.

~ 2 X LeD.

~ 1 X Battery (that suits the two LeD's).

~ 2 X Short peice of wire or 1 X Long peice of wire to cut in half (you decide).

~ 1 X Pliers (to bend wire for legs).

~ 1 X Hot glue gun or suitable glue.

~ 1 x Large boot (to squish your Spidie if they go wild crazy)





Before we go any further. Who doesn't know what an LeD is?

An LeD is a Light Emitting Diode.

Basically it is like a tiny little globe that shines light. They come in lots of different colours and strengths. Using them will be a great way of making your Spidie stand out in the dark.

They are also going to save the world, especially the blue ones. Remember that kids.

Step 2: Making the body

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In this step we will make the body for our Spidie.

Take your egg carton and cut out one of the holders.
We only need one each. So there is plenty more to make others.

Once you have removed one section, trim the bottom edge up so it is neat.

Make two LeD sized wholes at the front to suit your lights. Insert them and attach the battery.
To save having to solder just use some electical tape to hold the battery to the wires.


This will be it's body.

love the way you positioned the legs :0)

Lftndbt (author)  porcupinemamma4 years ago
Te he he! Yes, he is posed well. :) 
This is a cool project.  Have I missed where to put the battery?  I have never worked with LED's in my life.  I really want to learn, so thank you for sharing your information and good sense of humor.
KrakenFan695 years ago
Thanks for the inspiration! Great Instructable. Loved the idea so much we made a 1 hour drive (each way ) to get the supplies! Here is the Spidie my son Zack and I came up with.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc256/Electron_Forge/Spidie.jpg (WFS)

Hollowed out a Styrofoam ball with a hot foam craft knife and hid the goodies in side. The pipe cleaner legs are straight through the body and allow easy repositioning. A hidden switch in the bottom for easy on/off. A little paint and some black and orange "hair" over the body and look out little sister!

Glisson
Lftndbt (author)  KrakenFan695 years ago
WoW!!!! That is awesome! He looks terrific. Thankyou very much for your kind words. I hope he does a good job at lil' sista scaring! ;)
The best part was when I went to The Source (Canadian Radio Shack wannabe) to grab some things to build more (little sis wants one now too.) I showed the owner my pics of the Spidie and told her about Instructables and she gave me over $500 worth of stuff that was going to get thrown out or shipped back to the company for free! Jacks, project boxes, transistors, leds, voltage regulators and tons of other goodies were inside the unwanted electronics devices waiting for me to create something with them! Glisson
rebeccacar5 years ago
This is adorable!
Lftndbt (author)  rebeccacar5 years ago
Thanks! ;)
PKTraceur5 years ago
Did you use clay to hold the LEDs and Battery together?
Lftndbt (author)  PKTraceur5 years ago
No, the wires are just taped directly to the coin cell battery. You could use and a epoxy/clay mix to fix them.
xybyrgy6 years ago
A trick from cheap LED toys: You can make a switch from two slips of plastic or paper: one with 2 holes in it between the tape and the battery, and one to break the circuit. The sandwich goes like this: tape, +LED leads, battery, slip, slip with holes, -LED leads (peeking thru holes), tape. The LED leads straddle the battery if you bend them nicely. Hope that makes sense!
Lftndbt (author)  xybyrgy6 years ago
I understand, thanks for your comment. You wouldn't have a picture to show others would you?
of a smile? ummmm ...no not yet... i can't make the spidies yet either :)
Lftndbt (author)  happy254ever5 years ago
Sorry, that comment was for Xybyrgy. We started a convo in the middle of another one.
xybyrgy Lftndbt6 years ago
No pics, but here's a diagram.
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Lftndbt (author)  xybyrgy6 years ago
Thanks for the tips. that looks like a very solid design.
Hey.. these are really cool.. thanx for pointing them out to me.. I am sure my kids will enjoy making these
Lftndbt (author)  happy254ever5 years ago
That is fantastic to hear! As pointed out below. Pipe cleaners should work fine also, if that is more an appropriate medium for the legs. I was hoping to bring a few smiles to some childrens faces!! Tell them please, that I would love to post some pictures of their creations on here for everyone to see as well. Your comment makes me smile. Thankyou.
I will let you know when they make them.. A friend of mine told me once that I was good at making them smile. ;) You are welcome.
dacaprice6 years ago
I wonder if black, fuzzy pipe cleaners would work as legs. They would look nice.
Lftndbt (author)  dacaprice6 years ago
Yes they will! go for it!
SoapyHollow6 years ago
This is so groovy! Igor and I will be making these. :)
Lftndbt (author)  SoapyHollow6 years ago
Thankyou! Please post a picture if you do.
Sandisk1duo6 years ago
Where's my spider squishing boot?
Lftndbt (author)  Sandisk1duo6 years ago
Here, borrow mine.
lol
Lftndbt (author)  Sandisk1duo6 years ago
Quick Quick!! Before there is more!!!
Kiteman6 years ago
Eek!

Spidies!

Runs to the corner and stands on a chair until the batteries die.
Lftndbt (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
He he! It's a Spidie not a mouse, they can climb chair legs...
Kiteman Lftndbt6 years ago
Double Eeek!

Leaps for curtains.
Lftndbt (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Funny funny man... ;)
Kiteman Lftndbt6 years ago
Not that funny, I can hear a ripping noise....
Lftndbt (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Run Kiteman RUN!!
=SMART= Kiteman6 years ago
Might be there a while :P
Oooo I like this, very nice and simple and a great effect. I think that I would make a switch out of one of the legs or the antenna so that I could turn it on and off by hooking one over the other or something
Lftndbt (author)  KaptinScarlet6 years ago
Yes I generally add a switch inline as to save batteries. "antenna" Ummm... he's a Spidie, those are his front to legs raised in the air... LoL
ooops sorry, angry legs then, wave away, I suppose spidie could really cross legs without looking like it wanted the loo
Lftndbt (author)  KaptinScarlet6 years ago
He'll be fine with it. I like the idea of legs as the switch.
dizzymom6 years ago
Could you incorporate a switch to this too? I haven't worked too much with LEDs, but based off what I see from this step - once you attach the battery, it will stay on.
Lftndbt (author)  dizzymom6 years ago
Yes most definatley you can my friend. Simply wire the switch between the battery and the LeD's. It is only done like this in the I'ble to simplify it.