Ordinarily, “super cute” and “spiders” should not be in the same sentence. At all. Spiders are disgusting little critters and I would be perfectly happy if they didn’t exist at all. But in the spirit of Halloween fun and because I’m a wicked cool mom (don’t laugh) I decided to make some spider decorations with my boys.
They turned out super cute!
I was actually inspired by our recent trip to Bates Nut Farm. Bates always has adorable seasonal decorations, I’ve spent a fair amount of money on their Christmas goodies alone. While we were there, I was admiring these little spiders. They were so cute, but holy cow they cost about 10 bucks. A piece. I started inspecting them a little closer and really all they were was decorated styrofoam with legs and goodies attached. I thought “I can totally do this.”
And so I did.
- Styrofoam balls (I think mine were about 1.5-2″ diameter, it’s your decision how big you want your spiders).
- Paint. I bought some washable kids craft paint.
- Paint brushes.
- Assorted glitter.
- Black pipe cleaners.
- Googley eyes.
- Craft glue (we just used Elmers).
- *Optional – black puffy pom pom’s.
My spider vision was glittery styrofoam bodies, my mom’s vision was black pom pom’s. So go with what you like best. We used both and both versions turned out cute.
I cut the styrofoam balls in half using a sharp knife. I painted the entire body (top and bottom) and while the paint was wet, I sprinkled glitter over the top.
After the paint dried, I cut 2 pipe cleaners into quarters so I would have eight legs. I tried to just glue the legs on but that failed miserably! But I found that just pushing the pipe cleaners gently into the styrofoam body worked exceptionally well.
I gently bent the ends of the “legs” up to form feet. I then glued the googley eyes in place.
The pipe cleaners glued just fine to the pom poms, just not the styrofoam.
Once everything was dry, I tied some ribbon to a spider leg and hung a few in my front window. They are very light, so Anthony was able to put others in our spider webs around the house.
I’m really not very crafty and rarely do I post any kind of tutorials, but I hope you find this to be a super cute, fun and inexpensive way to decorate the house with the kids!