Thursday, 25 October 2012

Children's Halloween Spider Project

Halloween is not far away, so why not keep the kids busy with this easy Halloween spider project, great for parties or to decorate the house with. This is copyright material taken from the site: 

Sparkling Spiders
By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Average
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

How to make it: 
  1. Use the sponge applicator to paint the Styrofoam ball and allow to dry. 
  2. 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. 
  3. When the ball is dry, insert the 4 chenille sticks into each side of the body. 
  4. 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).
  5. Hot glue the wiggle eyes onto the spider’s face.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 

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