Halloween Spider

The kids have been begging to put up some Halloween decorations for weeks, but we’ve been busy carpooling around town for sports and what-not so, taking the time to go shopping seemed impossible.   We decided that we could just make our own (thank goodness they love arts & crafts) and agreed on these SPOOKY SPIDERS which only cost us about $18.00!

Materials needed (makes four spiders):

  • Styrofoam balls, two 3” and two 5”- $10.96
  • Black acrylic paint (about 8oz)- $3.99
  • Hot glue gun
  • 24 qty, 12mm Black pipe cleaners- $1.99
  • 6 qty, medium sized googly eyes- $.99
  • Serrated knife
  • Sponge brush
  • Webbing

Step 1: Paint the styrofoam balls with the black acrylic paint- it’s best to dab the paint on with a small sponge brush so that the paint seeps into the small holes.

Step 2: Allow the paint to dry- it can take up to 12 hours to thoroughly dry so, I just let mine sit overnight just to make sure.  I placed them on top of plastic drinking cups to make sure they wouldn’t roll around or stick to any newspaper.

Step 3: Cut each styrofoam ball in half  using the serrated knife ( you can paint the bottom of each half so that no white appears if desired).

Step 4: Cut out an area on the larger foam ball for the head to fit.  You want the smaller foam ball to look as though it’s almost part of the larger ball.

Step 5: Secure the head (small 3” styrofoam ball) to the body (larger 5” styrofoam ball) using the glue gun.

Step 6: Attach the googly eyes using the glue gun.

Step 7: Determine where you want the legs to be placed and simply push the black pipe cleaners into the 5” foam- You’ll need four pipe cleaners on each side of the body.

Step 8: Bend each pipe cleaner in half and then again at the ends

You can choose to hang your spiders using a wire loop anchor (simply push it in the top of your spider) and some heavy gauge craft wire or you can stick them in some white outdoor webbing as we did.

Note: You can also opt out of cutting the styrofoam balls in half and just continue with steps 4 through 8.  Add glitter, or use black bumpy pipe cleaners (Look here for another option: Factory Direct Craft Blog)


Check back for a picture of the finished product!


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