I am so into Halloween crafts! I am not sure where the Halloween bug came from because it’s never been one of my favorite holidays. But Halloween crafts are a license to let your hair down a little and have fun with crafting! You don’t have to make serious centerpieces, they can be silly and bold. That’s why I came up with this fun decor piece- a spider made out of recycled tin can! Read on to see how it’s done.
- Recycled Tin cans
- Black Feather Boa
- Crazy Stems Chenille Stems
- Cardstock (in a couple of Halloween colors)
- Googly Eyes
- 2 Circle Craft Punches in different sizes (optional, you could use scissors)
- Washi Tape
- Hot Glue Gun (the finger caps in this glue gun helper set are super helpful for this project!)
Step 2: Start adding a bit of hot glue to the top of the tin can.
Step 3: Press the end of the boa into the hot glue. This is where those finger caps come in handy! At first I forgot to put the finger cap on and I totally burnt my finger. I definitely put the finger cap on after that!
Step 4: Keep wrapping the boa all the way around the can and cut off when appropriate. With the little extra left, cover the bottom of the tin can as well, wrapping in a circle.
Step 5: Cut a chenille stem down to 7 inches (or just about 7 inches).
Step 6: You need 8 of these 7 inch legs so you can use your first one as the guide for the rest. The chenille stems are long enough to get two 7 inch legs out of one stem. Since the package didn’t have enough black, I opted to also use gray. I am really glad it worked out that way because I think it looks better with alternating colors.
Step 7: You kind of have to play with the legs to see which shape works for you. I basically used the shape of a 7 – a crook at the end, a bend and then a leg.
Step 8: Hot glue all 8 legs to the body (the tin can). Again, the hot glue finger caps are great for this! Because the legs are attached to the boa, not the tin can, they are a bit loose. That is fine, it just means you have to adjust them to stand up when you put the finished spider out as decor.
Step 9: Create your eyes. I did this by cutting two circles – one slightly smaller than the other (although that isn’t really necessary). I then glued them together and glued the googly eyes on top.
That’s it! You are done. Isn’t he the cutest? These tin can spiders are the perfect Halloween crafts for holding candy.
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.