I have another Halloween craft for kids today, and these super-sized Halloween spiders are kind of cute, in a creepy way. Unless you have arachnophobia, in which case a foot-long spider might send you running for cover! The supplies are easy – STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, chenille stems and duct tape, and it’s a craft kids can make almost on their own. (If they’re a little too creepy for you, then take a look at these colorful, Itsy Bitsy Spiders.)
To make a Super-Sized, Halloween Spider, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Large spider: 4” ball (head), 6” egg (body), and two, 1-1/2” balls
- Small spider: 3” ball (head), 4” egg (body) and two, 1” balls
- Duct tape: Black, black & white patterned, and red
- Chenille stems:
- Large spider: Jumbo chenille in black
- Small spider: Black & white chenille stems
- Googly or wiggle eyes
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; carpet needle*; serrated knife*
(*Note: Kids can do a lot of this craft on their own, but always have an adult handle the large needle and serrated knife.)
To make a Super-Sized, Halloween Spider:
- Twist together the narrow end of the egg with the foam ball, so that they fit together snugly. Do not glue them together yet.
- Tear a length of duct tape into strips, and wrap the strips around the foam egg and the foam ball. I used solid black tape for one shape, and patterned tape for the other.
- Poke a hole through the duct tape where you will join together the head and the body. Place a dab of glue on a toothpick and insert it into the hole. Add glue on the other end, spread glue around the toothpick, and join the two pieces together.
- For the large spider, cut four, 18” lengths of loopy chenille.
- For the small spider, cut four, 14” lengths of chenille stems.
- Bend the chenille stems in half.
- Cut a slit in each side of the foam egg, right behind the head.
- Squeeze glue in each slit and insert two chenille stems.
- Arrange the stems so one pair faces forward and the other towards the back.
- Bend the chenille stems to form knees and feet.
- Press the 1-1/2” balls and 1” balls against a tabletop, slightly compressing one side.
- Glue the flattened side of the 1-1/2” balls to the head of the larger spider, and the 1” balls to the head of the smaller spider.
- Glue wiggle eyes to the foam balls.
- Fold in half 8” of loopy chenille for the large spider.
- Fold in half 5” of chenille stem for the small spider.
- Carefully cut a slit in each face below the eyes.
- Squeeze glue in the slit and insert the 8” stem in the larger spider and the 5” stem in the smaller spider.
- Shape the fangs.
7. Optional: Cut an hourglass shape from red duct tape, and add to the back of a spider.
Through the years, it turns out that I’ve made quite a few duct tape Halloween crafts. These are all easy ideas, so if you’ve not yet started your Halloween crafting, take a look at these projects. Do you have a favorite? Which one do you want to try?
What have you crafted with duct tape?