This Paper mache Spider Craft will add some creepy, crawly fun to your Halloween!
Age: 10 and up
Time Scale: 3 out of 5 (not including drying time)
Blow up a round balloon to about normal balloon size. HUH? What? Well, you know, about the size you feel comfortable blowing it up. At some point you will start to think it is about to go KABOOM! Don't blow it up that big. Tie it. Now blow another balloon up to about 1/3 that size. Tie it.
Now hook them together at the tied ends.
Slip a grocery bag over top. Use masking tape between the two balloons to help stabilize them. This will make it a little easier to paper mache them. It will also build the neck out, a bit.
Apply 3 layers of newspaper strips over the whole thing. Let it dry. Oh yes, THAT again! Turn over periodically, to help the spider craft dry evenly.
Cut two medium gauge pieces of wire about 15 inches long. These will be the back legs. Four more pieces should be cut about an inch shorter for the next two sets of legs, working from back to front. The front legs should be cut about 13 inches long. Poke the wires into the body. Bend each leg downwards about 5-6 inches out from the body. Add hot glue to help secure the wire. At this point you may be thinking they will be fairly well hooked in there. After a while, even after adding the paper mache, the wires will start coming loose on this spider craft and they will be flopping around. UGH!! Prevent that by adding extra support, where the legs attach. How?
Cut 8 pieces of cardboard about 1x3 inches. Bend in half and hot glue part to the body, on the underside of the wire leg and the other half to the wire. Fold the cardboard around the wire and glue.
Wrap the wire with tin foil to beef those spindly little legs up a bit. (Unless of course you want it to resemble a Daddy long legs.)
Add 3 layers of newspaper strips to the legs and body. Let dry.
Check to see how secure the connection seems between the legs and the body. Add a couple more layers of paper mache here, if they still seem to wiggle.
Use a pencil to mark the position for the eyes.
Paint at least two coats of black paint, except where the spots are marked for the eyes.
Hot glue red or black beads on for the eyes.
After spending the winter in the garage, this poor guy is a little worse for wear! See the dent? This definitely needed more layers of paper mache! Take that little bit extra time in the first place and do those extra layers. It will be more durable and then last for years.
If you want this to be extra scary, you can also make fangs. Wad up small pieces of newspaper and paper mache paste mix. Roll the newspaper into a shape about 11/2 inches long and pointed on one end. When dry, paint with white craft paint.
Poke holes in the head and insert the wide end of the fang. Hot glue in place. The spider with his set of chompers, will now have a more menacing look. Too bad you can't see them. Right now, he is in the flower bed enjoying a snack, before the snow flies.
Sorry, no close up picture of those teeth. I didn't want to disturb him for any more photos!
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