By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 & up
What you'll need:
- Styrofoam ball about 4" in diameter
- Purple acrylic paint
- Sponge applicator
- 2 large wiggle eyes
- Hot glue
- 9 black chenille sticks
- Colourful craft gems OR purple sequins & sequin pics
- Use the sponge applicator to paint the Styrofoam ball and allow to dry.
- Use 8 of the chenille sticks for legs by bending the bottom of each one into a foot, about 1” long. Bend at the “knee” about halfway up the stick.
- When the ball is dry, insert the 4 chenille sticks into each side of the body.
- Cut the last chenille stick in half and then cut one of those halves in half again. Bend the quartered chenille stick to create a “feeler” about ½” long and place one on either side of the face (on either side of where the mouth would be).
- Hot glue the wiggle eyes onto the spider’s face.
- Decorate the spider’s back with purple sequins, securing them in place with sequin pins. Younger children can glue craft gems to the back instead.
- Adjust the legs so that the spider stands on its own.
- Sequin pins are tiny and can be hard for younger children to manipulate. Use craft gems as an alternative.
- Sponge applicators can be found by the paintbrushes in any craft store or at building supply stores as they are commonly used for applying stains and varnishes.
- Styrofoam is very porous and can take a little while to dry. This is also a good time to cut and bend the chenille sticks.