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How to make a 3D spider

Updated April 17, 2017

Making a 3D spider is a great themed project for Halloween or even a rainy day at other times of the year. This is a fun and easy project that requires only a little bit of time and preparation. It is inexpensive because it requires very few supplies that you may already have lying around the house. After making your 3D spider, display it in your house, hang it outside on your porch or place it in a fake spider web.

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  1. Blow up the black balloon but don't inflate it fully. Allow some room so you can pinch the balloon. Tie a knot around the end of the balloon.

  2. Pinch the balloon approximately 5 cm (2 inches) from the knot, creating a larger round body and a smaller round head. Twist this area and then tie it off with a piece of black string to keep it in place.

  3. Fold each black pipe cleaner in half to find the centre of the pipe cleaner. Place the centre of one of the pipe cleaners over the "neck" of the spider, the area which you just tied off with the black string. Wrap it around this area once all the way around, so that the pipe cleaner becomes twisted around the balloon and stays in place.

  4. Repeat this process with the remaining three pipe cleaners. Arrange all of the pipe cleaners so that they are evenly spaced on each side. There should be four lengths of pipe cleaner sticking out on each side of the balloon spider. Bend each of the legs in half and push them to a 90-degree angle so that the spider can stand on the legs.

  5. Draw eyes and a mouth on to the balloon spider face with the white marker pen. Add fangs, if you like, too.

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Things You'll Need

  • Black balloon
  • 4 Black pipe cleaners
  • Black string
  • White paint marker

About the Author

Kathryn Stanley is a professional writer for various websites, covering fashion, science, the environment, food and baking, crafts and the arts. She studies psychology and creative writing at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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