Spiders that aren’t scary? And might even be pretty? Take a peek at these cute & colorful Halloween Spiders and I think you’ll agree that this is a non-scary Halloween craft. These little spider gems aren’t going to scare anyone. With their small size and bright colors, you’ll actually want these Itsy Bitsy Spiders all around the house, from Halloween mantels to buffet tables. Here’s how to make an Itsy Bitsy Spider.
To make an Itsy Bitsy Halloween Spider, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” ball, 2” egg, and a scrap piece
- Fabric, 4” square
- Acrylic craft paint in a bright color to coordinate with fabric
- Micro glitter in coordinating color
- Jewelry wire in black
- Electrical tape or duct tape in black
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; wooden skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; newspaper or box lid; jewelry pliers; knippers
To make an Itsy Bitsy Halloween Spider:
1. Insert a wooden skewer into the 1” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to use as a handle. Paint the ball. Insert the handle into the scrap piece of foam to hold it upright while the paint dries.
2. Once the paint dries, spread a thin layer of white craft glue over the painted head, and sprinkle with micro glitter. Work over a box lid or newspaper for easier clean up. Let dry.
3. Cut a small, horizontal slice from the foam egg so that the egg will sit flat. Using your fingertips, smooth out the cut edges.
4. Using the spider fabric pattern, cut out the fabric pieces to cover the foam egg. Spread glue onto the curved side of the egg, and attach the fabric. Pull fabric smooth, and paste down areas that overlap. Don’t attach the fabric to the bottom of the egg yet.
5. Cut four, 8” pieces of jewelry wire for each spider. Using the jewelry pliers, curl each end (refer to photo). The curled wires should measure about 6” long.
6. Tightly tape the wires together in the center with electrical tape or duct tape. Tightly hold onto the tape, and use the pliers to bend each leg into a 90 degree angle. Slightly spread apart the legs.
7. Check to see if the legs will stand on their own. If not, adjust till they can stand.
Note: Assemble the body with low-temp glue.
8. Glue the glittered head onto the narrow end of the body.
9. Glue the center of the legs to the underside of the spider, and check to be sure that the spider can stand.
10. Glue the fabric oval to the bottom of the spider.
You would be happy to have these spiders in your house, right? Where would you display these little spider gems?