Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate for, and I always have so much fun making spooky crafts! I don’t like gory decor, but creepy crafts are right up my ally. I don’t mind most bugs, but spiders give me goosebumps, so I set out to create a giant spider craft that is scary yet not terrifying.
You could always make this spider look friendlier by using bright colors like purple if you prefer. The crepe paper used to decorate the body is the perfect medium for easily creating a hairy looking spider craft.
Supplies needed to make your own large spider craft:
- Crazy Chenille Stems (8)
- Black Crepe Paper Sheets
- Orange Crepe Paper Sheet
- Mod Podge
- 1.5 inch Foam Ball
- 4 inch Durafoam Ball
- Solid Eyes
Step one. Cut the black crepe paper sheet into strips that are approximately 1 inch wide and 4-6 inches long. You can make the strips shorter as needed when you start working.
Step two. Brush Mod Podge on one side of the black crepe paper strip. Press the strip onto the 4 inch ball. Repeat until the entire ball is covered in black.
Step three. Cut the black crepe paper strips into 1 inch squares. Use Mod Podge to cover the 1.5 inch foam ball with black crepe paper. Smooth out any bumps or wrinkles, and seal the entire ball with another application of Mod Podge. Set it aside to dry.
Step four. Cut circles out of the orange crepe paper sheet. You can trace and cut the circles, or use a paper punch like I did. If you use a paper punch, you will need to place a piece of card stock behind the tissue paper before you punch cut it. This will keep the crepe paper from tearing. Use Mod Podge to adhere the orange circles to the 4 inch ball, and seal the entire ball with Mod Podge.
Step five. Use an awl or sharp tool to make holes in the small foam ball. Carefully screw the eyes in place.
Step six. Curl the ends of the crazy stems around a round object, and bend the stem at the other end. Use an awl or sharp tool to make 8 holes in the body. Carefully insert the end of the crazy stem in the hole that you just made.
You can’t see this in pictures, but it sways back and forth a bit as people walk by it or tap the table, which makes it even creepier. This spider craft would make an awesome table centerpiece, or even place the spider over your candy bowl to guard it!
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Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at morenascorner.com. Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!