Jumbo Spiders for Halloween
Never mind their chill-inspiring scurries, spiders have a place in every Halloween display. Create giant arachnids as a large decoration, or give the eight-legged creatures some style with a leopard-print body. Either way, you'll give a Halloween scare with these dangling "guests."
- Aluminum foil
- Masking tape
- Acrylic paints in the colors of your choice (to make a leopard-print spider you will need black, off-white, and gold metallic)
- Assorted paintbrushes
- Rhinestones for eyes
- Craft glue
- Black chenille stems (4 for each spider)
- Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
- For each spider, make two balls of aluminum foil -- a small one for the head and a larger one for the body. Tape the head and body together.
- Mix the Celluclay following the manufacturer's instructions. Apply a thin layer of the clay mixture to the body and head; let dry. Apply a second layer to the spider; let dry completely.
- Paint the spider with the colors and patterns of choice. To make a leopard-print spider as shown, give the spider an off-white base coat; let dry. Then dab gold spots over the base coat. Use a small paintbrush loaded with black to pounce (with the tip of the brush) black spots surrounding the gold.
- After the paint dries, use crafts glue to attach the rhinestone eyes to the head. Let the glue dry.
- Form the four chenille stems into eight legs by twisting the chenille stems together in the center. Turn the spider over and hot-glue the legs to the underside of the spider's belly. Let the glue dry completely; then shape the legs.