Spiders are an obvious decoration for Halloween, but they can be used year-round at a number of theme parties, such as an "over-the-hill" birthday party. These wire spider decorations take a bit of time to put together, but are a relatively simple project. These decorations are also flexible in design, allowing you to create several customised spiders with a variety of appearances without investing in many different materials.
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Things you need
- 24-by-30 inch precut chicken wire octagon
- 10-inch-long 1-by-2 piece of wood
- Staple gun and staples
- Work gloves
- Wire clippers
- 1/8-inch armature wire
- Black electrical tape
- Black cable ties
- Black tinsel garland
- Two 3-inch wood screws
- Box of garbage bags, cut in 6-inch or 8-inch squares
- Spray adhesive
- 5-inch styrofoam ball
- Melon baller
- Glitter in your choice of colours
- Craft glue
- Press-on nails
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue
Paint the 10-inch long block of wood black and allow to dry. Place this piece in the centre of the chicken wire, where it will become the spine of the spider. Fold the ends of the chicken wire in to meet the centre of the block and staple the ends down, tucking in the corners where necessary. When finished, the wire should have a rounded loaf shape. Screw in the wood screws halfway at one end of the block. These will hold the head in place later.
Cut four pieces of the armature wire four feet long and wrap in electrical tape. Fold the wire in half, making a v-shape. These will be the spider's legs. Attach the joint of each piece of wire to the chicken wire above the wooden block using cable ties. Cut off any excess from the ties using scissors.
Place the spider with its "spine" on your work surface and spray the entire frame with spray adhesive. Using a pencil, insert one garbage bag square into each of the holes in the chicken wire. The centre of the square should be pushed in and the edges of each square will remain on the exterior of the spider. To complete the main part of the spider, wrap the tinsel garland around the legs and shape them to your liking.
Draw a mouth for the spider on the styrofoam ball and use the melon baller to scoop out an area for the mouth. Coat the entire ball in glue and use contrasting colours of glitter for the mouth and the rest of the head. For example, the head could be black, and the inside of the mouth can be blue.
Coat the press-on nails in glue and cover in glitter to make the spider's teeth. Place a bit of glue on the ends of the nails and force into the spider's mouth. Use the hot glue gun to attach rhinestones for the eyes. Place hot glue on the wood screws and affix the head in place.
The spider's legs will be strong enough to support the body, so you can leave it set on a counter or tabletop. You can also hang the spider from the ceiling by looping a piece of wire or string through a section of chicken wire.
Tips and warnings
- You can find the materials you need for this project at your local craft supply store or hardware store.
- Make the spiders any colour you want by spray painting white garbage bags and using matching tinsel.
- To keep the face of the spider simple, skip the melon baller and press-on nails for felt cut-outs attached with the hot glue gun.
- It is best to wear thick gloves when working with the wire.
- Keep a small bowl of ice nearby when working with the hot glue to soothe any burns.
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