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Make a Black Widow Spider Coaster

Learn how to make a spooky Black Widow Spider coaster from simple crafts store materials.

What You'll Need

  • Spider pattern
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Black crafts foam
  • Red crafts foam
  • Crafts-foam glue
  • Crafts knife
  • 3/16-inch wiggle eyes
  • 1/4-inch-diameter black beads
  • 3/8-inch-diameter black beads
  • Straight-edge ruler
  • 22-gauge wire

How to Make It

  1. Print the spider pattern and cut it out.
  2. Using a pencil, trace the outline of two spiders onto black crafts foam and one onto red crafts foam. Cut out the shapes.
  3. Using a sharp pencil, punch holes through the red spider at the dots indicated on the pattern.
  4. With a crafts knife and a straight edge, cut out the hourglass shape on one black spider.
  5. Cut four 16-inch lengths of 22-gauge wire.
  6. Thread one wire evenly through a pair of holes on the red spider, starting and stopping the wire on the same side of the spider. Repeat for all wires.

Click here to download pattern

7. Using crafts-foam glue, glue the spider with the hourglass cutout on top of the red spider; glue this assembly on top of the remaining black spider. Let the glue dry.

8. Bend the legs up so they are at 90-degree angles to the spider's body. Curve the legs downward.

9. Add a 1/4-inch-diameter black bead to the end of each leg, curling the wire end into a small circle. Bend beads upward.

10. For the eyes, hot-glue 3/16-inch-wide wiggle eyes to 3/8-inch-diameter black beads; glue eyes in place.

11. To use as a drink cover instead of as a coaster, cut an X in the red hourglass area (through all layers), using a crafts knife and a cutting surface. Insert a drinking straw through the opening.


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