Other than when I watched the movie Arachnophobia, creepy, crawly arachnids don’t bother me. In fact, at my house, we use a lot of spiders when decorating for Halloween, and the bigger, the better. I hope you find these spider crafts more fun than frightening! I love that our Daddy Long-Leg Spider, designed by Kathleen George, repurposes clothes hangers for his long legs, which helps to keep costs low (and helps to clean out your closet. Cleaning out closets – now that’s something I do find scary!).
To make a Daddy Long-Leg Spider, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: four 1-1/2” balls; one 2-1/2” ball; 1” thick scrap
- Clothes hangers, eight (or eight, 16-inch lengths of wire)
- Acrylic craft paint, black
- Wiggle eyes, 3/8”
- Thick, white craft glue OR low-temperature glue gun & glue sticks
- Felt, scrap of orange
- Tools needed: Serrated knife and old candle OR bar of soap; paintbrush; scissors; wooden skewers OR chopsticks; wire cutters; pliers (optional)
To make a Daddy Long-Leg Spider:
1. Wax knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut the 1-1/2” balls in half. Insert a skewer or chopstick into each half ball and use as a handle. Paint half balls and 2-1/2” ball black. Insert skewers into foam block till paint is dried.
2. If using hangers, measure 4” from one corner or “elbow” to the hanging hook and cut; measure 12” from the elbow along the bottom edge and cut. You should have a 16” length that has a 4” side and a 12” side. If you’re using wire, use pliers to bend the 16” lengths of wire 4” from one end to make the spider’s knees.
3. Optional: If wires are not black, paint them and insert wet wires into foam block to dry.
4. Insert short ends of each leg into 2-1/2” ball, four on each side. Remove legs, add glue to holes, and inert legs again.
5. Glue a half ball onto the other end of each wire, making sure the balls sit flat on the tabletop.
6. Glue on wiggle eyes. Cut eyebrows and mouth from felt; glue to face.
Whether you’re decorating inside or out for Halloween, take a look at our collection of spider crafts. Each photo links up to the project instructions.
So, how do you feel about spiders? Do they give you the heeby jeebies? Or, is it live and let live at your house?