We’re crawling with spider crafts today – but they’re really not all that creepy. These spiders glitter, sparkle, and even smile. First up is a cute, Daddy Long Leg Spider Kathleen George made with a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and clothes hangers. (A tangled mess of clothes hangers? I find that scarier than a mess of spiders!) Don’t miss the colorful Itsy Bitsy Spiders Kathleen shared yesterday, too.
To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- One 2-1/2” ball
- Four, 1-1/2” balls
- Scrap piece
- Acrylic craft paint in black
- Felt, a scrap of orange
- Wiggle eyes, 3/8″, two
- Clothes hangers, eight; or 16-gage black wire
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or plastic knife*; ruler; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; yardstick; knippers; needle nose pliers
*Note: If you’re working with kids, please have them use a plastic knife, and closely supervise them while they’re cutting.
To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider:
1. Cut the four, 1-1/2″ foam balls in half.
2. Insert the skewers into the 2-1/2” ball and the half balls, and use the skewers as handles while painting the foam shapes. Paint the balls and half balls black. Insert the skewers into a scrap of foam to hold the shapes upright while the paint dries.
3. Measure and cut each hanger into a 16” length, including the elbow. Position the cut so that there’s 4″ on one side of the elbow and 12″ on the other side. If the hangers are not black, paint black and insert into the foam scrap while paint dries. If you’re using 16-gage wire, cut the wire into eight, 16” lengths.
4. If needed, use the pliers to help shape the elbow into a knee, about 4″ from one end. Insert the 4″ ends into the 2-1/2” foam ball, four on each side. Remove the legs, add a dab of glue, and insert the legs again.
5. Glue and insert the end of each leg into a half-ball. Adjust as needed so the spider will stand.
6. Glue on the eyes. Cut the eyebrows and mouth from the orange felt, and glue in place.
Do you remember the purple Tarantula in a Cloche Kathleen shared a while back? This is fun one!
I hope today’s spider crafts haven’t given anyone the heebie jeebies. Are there any Arachnaphobes out there?
Have a great weekend, and happy crafting.