Children love craft projects they make themselves. These Halloween spiders are easy to make, although they will take some time. You can adapt them to your own style.
Making this project is a good opportunity to talk with children about spiders, which have eight eyes and eight legs and build beautiful and intricate webs to catch their food: yummy, yummy bugs. Like most things in nature, spiders should be observed and not disturbed, but these spiders don’t bite.
To make each Halloween spider you will need:
• Black or orange (or any other color) 2-inch pom poms
• 4 black chenille stems
• Googly eyes
• Glue (e.g., Elmer’s, school glue, Tacky)
• Scissors or wire cutters
For long legs, cut each chenille stem in half. For shorter legs, cut about 1/3 off each chenille stem, then cut the remaining pieces in half.
Lay a pom pom on a protected flat surface. Put a generous amount of glue on one end of the chenille stem and press it into one side of the pom pom. Repeat with the next three chenille stem pieces, evenly spacing them as you press them into one side of the pom pom. Repeat on the other side of the pom pom with the remaining four chenille stem pieces. Glue on googly eyes. Let dry.
Once the glue is dry, it’s time to bend the chenille stems to create the legs. Bend stems in the middle, then curl the ends around a pencil tip or chopstick and bend them to make little feet.