Medium Sized Spiders

About: i am a Halloween NUT! i LOVE all things Halloween... orange and black forever! i am married to a fellow Halloween nut, Danny, and we have 1 son, Josh. he's a Halloween nut too!

i help run a haunted trail and we have enlarged our spiderweb area this year, so we needed more spiders. i thought i'd take some step by step photos and share them with you all. enjoy!

Step 1: Gather What You Need

what you need for part one of the spiders are basic items:
2 sizes of ready made styrofoam balls, toothpicks, black pipe cleaners, hot glue gun and glue sticks, scissors and chopsticks. used but not shown: cup hooks, flat black spray paint, dryer lint, black acrylic paint, red acrylic paint (or red jewels/sequins for eyes) white (Elmers) glue.

Step 2: Head and Body

add a dab of glue onto the end of 1 of the toothpicks.
insert it into the smaller styrofoam ball.
add a dab of hotglue to the other end of the toothpick.
apply the large ball as the spiders body.
press them together firmly until you feel the glue 'take hold'

Step 3: Legs

using the semi pointed end of the chopstick, poke 4 holes, about an inch deep on one side of the spider for legs.

Step 4: Legs, Continued

cut the black pipecleaners in half with the scissors. then carefully fill each leg hole with hot glue.
insert one pipecleaner leg into each hole. a little more hot glue will help them set firmly if smeared around the base of the leg.
repeat process on the other side of the spiders body.

Step 5: So Far So Good!

a little creative bending and there you have them, spiders!

Step 6: Hanging Hook

i have some cup hooks from a previous project and by pinching them shut, they make perfect spider hangers.
mine are brass colored, so i painted them black.
add bead of hot glue to the threads of the dried, black hook.
simply screw the gluey black hook into the spiders heiney.

Step 7: Fur

take a puff of dryer lint and put it into a good sized bowl. add white glue black acrylic paint and mash it all together. then simply apply it to the spider. i do half of each spider at a time, it works better that way.
hang them up by their cup hooks, not touching one another, to dry overnight.

Step 8: Finished Spider

dab some red paint on for eyes and perhaps an hourglass on the tummy and there you have them, finished spiders ready to hang and scare!

AND keep in mind: it would be a simple matter to add a reindeer motor and animate these super lightweight spiders, too!



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    9 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nicely done tutorial. I think Spiders are creepy and love them for Halloween.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    The dryer lint is a great idea ! I made spiders last yr but carved them from chunks of styrofoam (freebie), for legs I used cut up plastic clothes hangers. I'll have to keep this in mind when we dig them out this yr...


    8 years ago on Introduction

    one suggestion the pipe cleaners you used, look for the ones that have the thick patches on them, i used them for some spiders i made and it gives it a much creaper effect.

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    saw your version of easy spiders, they're pretty darn cool!
    i have never seen pipe cleaners like those, they're amazing! when i make a new batch of my easy spiders i will totally look for that kind of 'legs'

    oh. the dummy is a simple Blucky skeleton from Big Lots ($15) wrapped in tea-stained strips of white cotton material and bagged spiderwebs.

    thanks y'all. i didn't know that about those who suffer from arachnophobia... but i doubt any would come through a Halloween Haunted Trail, as spiders are a common Halloween theme. maybe i'll make a warning sign just in case though! thanks for the info :-)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work, but ¿Do you know that some persons with arachnophobia may literally to die by fright?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Cool use of dryer lint! Your spiders look great.