Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Noise Makers

Turn concentrated juice cans into noise makers for the little ghouls this Halloween. These noise makers  are a great craft to do with kids before Halloween. 
*Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
*For each: 6-oz. juice can with lid, washed and dried
*Drill with 3/8” bit
*10” length 3/8” diameter dowel
*Assorted nuts and bolts
*Paintbrushes – ¼” flat, fine-tip
*Acrylic paints: orange, black, yellow, green, white
*1 yard each 1/8” wide satin ribbon: white, orange, black
* Patterns
For cat noisemaker:
*small star rubber stamp (or see designer tip below to make your own)
*Waxed paper
*Cosmetic sponge
For each, center and drill hole for dowel through 1 side of can. Dip 1 end of dowel into glue and push into hole until end of dowel touches opposite side of can. Apply additional glue to dowel on outside of can. Let dry.
Put handful of assorted nuts and bolts inside can. Glue lid onto can. Cut or tear newspaper into 1” squares. Glue newspaper pieces to cover entire can, overlapping pieces slightly. Let dry. Using photo as guide, paint entire can and dowel desired base color.
For cat noisemaker: transfer pattern to can and paint 1 cat on each side of can. Let dry. Pour small puddle of yellow paint onto waxed paper. Dip sponge into paint, dabbing excess off onto waxed paper. Dab sponge onto star stamp and press onto can. Repeat to stamp stars on can where desired. Let dry. Use toothpick to outline each star with dots of white paint. Let dry.
For ghost noisemaker: transfer patterns to can and paint 1 ghost on each side of can and 1 jack-o-lantern on each end of can. Let dry. Use toothpick to outline each ghost with dots of orange paint. Let dry. Use end of paintbrush to paint dots around each end of can with yellow. Let dry.
For each, handling all ribbon lengths as 1, tie ribbons in bow around dowel just below can. Tie knots in streamers.

Heidi’s Designer Tip: Whenever I can’t find a simple rubber stamp design that I like, I simply make one from a scrap of craft foam cut into the shape I desire and glue it onto a pencil eraser. If you are making a larger stamp design, just cut from craft foam and glue onto a piece of foamboard. This makes a quick and easy custom stamp that you can use over and over.

Happy Halloween Ribbon Wreath

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Wreath, Round Face, 12" x 2-1/2" x 1"
  • Black ultra-fine glitter
  • Black; orange pony beads, one package each
  • Foam-safe black spray paint
  • Ribbon, 1-1/4" wide: black grosgrain, 1 yd.; sheer orange, gold, black wire-edged, 5 yds. each
  • Wire or thin black ribbon, 6" length
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewer
  • Ruler
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Large cardboard box
  1. If desired, place foam wreath inside large cardboard box outdoors or in well-ventilated area. Spray paint wreath black; sprinkle with glitter while wet. Let dry completely.
  2. Tie grosgrain ribbon into a bow with tails; set aside. Cut approximately twenty 4" lengths from each sheer ribbon color; cut more as needed to fill out wreath shape.
  3. Apply dot of glue to opening of a black pony bead; immediately insert one end of a sheer black ribbon length through hole until tight. Let dry; trim excess ribbon above bead. Repeat to bead all black and gold ribbons black; bead all orange ribbons orange. Let dry.
  4. Refer to photo to join beaded ribbon lengths to wreath. Beginning just inside wreath opening, dot wreath with glue and use wooden skewer to push free end of one ribbon length into foam. Continue adding ribbons in concentric circles around wreath, cutting and beading more ribbons as needed. Offset ribbons slightly from circle to circle.
  5. Use fingers to bend ribbon lengths toward outside edge of wreath as shown. Twist wire ends, or knot thin ribbon ends, together to create hanging loop. Glue ends into center top back of wreath.

Halloween Crochet Wreath (craft)

Crochet a Halloween wreath with witch hats, pumpkins and spooky spiders. A crochet web and a hanging spider are nice touches in this Halloween wreath crochet pattern.
  • Yarn:  1 ball each of A, B and C makes 7 Witches. 1 ball makes 10 Webs. 1 ball makes 8 Spiders. 1 ball makes 14 Small Pumpkins or 10 Large Pumpkins.
Lily® Sugar’n Cream Cotton (Solids: 70.9 g / 2.5 oz)
Contrast A (01712 Hot Green) 1 ball
Contrast B (00082 Jute) 1 ball
Contrast C (00002 Black) 1 ball
Contrast D (00001 White) 1 ball
Contrast E (01628 Hot Orange) 1 ball
  • Size 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Grape Vine wreath 13 ins [33 cm] in diameter
  • Fabric stiffener
  • 6 glue-on eyes
  • Stuffing
  • Twigs for decoration.
Gauge: 16 sc and 16 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].

WITCH (make 2)
Cape: With C, ch 17.
1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Turn. 16 sc.
2nd row: Ch 1. Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sc. Yoh and draw a loop through all loops on hook - Sc2tog made.
1 sc in each sc to last 2 sc. Sc2tog. Turn.
3rd to 7th rows: Rep 2nd row. 4 sc at end of 7th row. Fasten off.
Hat: With C, ch 10. Sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around.
Join with sl st to first st. 10 sc.
2nd to 8th rnds: Ch 1. Sc2tog. 1 sc in each sc to end of rnd. Join with sl st to first st.
9th rnd: Ch 1. Draw up a loop in each of next 3 sc. Yoh and draw a loop through all loops on hook – Sc3tog made. Fasten off.
Brim: Join C with sl st to foundation ch of Hat.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each ch around. 20 sc. Join with ss to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in next sc. 2 sc in next sc) 10 times. Join with ss to first sc. Fasten off.
Hair: Cut 30, 6 ins [15 cm] lengths of A and tie securely in the middle.
Broom: Cut 12, 4 ins [10 cm] lengths of B and tie securely in the middle.
Fold in half and tie tog 1 inch [2.5 cm] down from fold. Glue to end of twig.
WEB (make 2)
With D, ch 8. Join with sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 8. (Yoh) 3 times. Insert hook into ring. Yoh and draw up a loop through ring only. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times – Spoke made. Ch 4. (Work Spoke in ring. Ch 4) 6 times. Sl st in 4th ch of ch-8.
2nd rnd: Ch 12. (Miss next 4 ch. Work Spoke in top of next Spoke. Ch 8) 7 times. Sl st in 4th ch of ch-12.
3rd rnd: Ch 16. (Miss next 8 ch. Work Spoke in top of next Spoke. Ch 12) 7 times. Sl st in 4th ch of ch-16. Fasten off.
Finishing: Stiffen Web with fabric stiffener.
SPIDER (make 3)
Body: With C, ch 3.
1st rnd: 8 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st in first hdc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each hdc around. Sl st in first sc. 16 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in back loop only of each sc around. Sl st in first sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 8 times. 8 sts.
Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread yarn through needle and draw tightly through 8 sts. Fasten off.
Legs: Join yarn in front loop of any st in 3rd row with sl st.
*Ch 12.
Miss first ch. Sl st in each of next 11 ch.
Sl st in same loop as initial join.
Sl st in each of next 2 loops of 3rd rnd.
Rep from * 7 times more. Fasten off.
Finishing: Glue 2 eyes on each Spider.
PUMPKINS (make 5 small and 1 large)
Small Pumpkin: With E, ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 8 sc in ring. Sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Sl st to first sc. 16 sc.
3rd and 4th rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Sl st to first sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc) 4 times. Sl st in first st. 12 sc.
Stuff with small amount of stuffing.
6th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 6 times. Sl st in first st. 6 sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 3 times. Fasten off (bottom of Pumpkin).
Large Pumpkin: With E, ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 8 sc in ring. Sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Sl st in first sc. 16 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in next sc. 2 sc in next sc) 8 times. Sl st in first sc. 24 sc.
4th and 5th rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Sl st in first sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc) 6 times. Sl st in first st. 18 sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc) 6 times. Sl st in first st. 12 sc.
Stuff with small amount of stuffing.
8th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 6 times. Sl st in first st. 6 sc.
9th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 3 times. Fasten off (bottom of Pumpkin).
Stem: (make 1 for each Pumpkin) With B, ch 3. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in last ch. Fasten off.
With E, sew through center of Pumpkin 5 times, each time bringing yarn around the body at evenly spaced intervals. Draw tightly and fasten securely. Sew Stem in place to foundation ch at top of Pumpkin.
Using photo as a guide, glue stiffened Web to each side of Wreath. Glue one Spider to each Web, making sure each Leg is glued in place to appear as if the Spider is walking.
Glue the Witches on either side of the Wreath, by layering first the Cape, then the Hair and then the Hat. Glue the Broom to the side of the Witch. Glue twigs and Pumpkins as shown in picture. Glue a small length of white yarn to 3rd Spider and hang from top center of Wreath.

Brown Bag Halloween Wreath

Recycle a brown bag to create the shapes for this fun Halloween wreath . A bit of paint, raffia and a straw wreath make this a quick, easy and inexpensive Halloween craft. This quick and easy Halloween craft is a welcoming, festive sight on the door. Your visitors will love how this Halloween wreath craft looks (and the witches and goblins will love it, too).

  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Brown grocery bags
  • 3” square cardboard (or plastic) squeegee
  • Acrylic paint: black, orange, white, yellow, green
  • Paintbrushes – 1/2” flat, 1/2” flat, fine-tip
  • Natural raffia
  • Scissors
  • 12” diameter straw wreath
  • Halloween Patterns
  1. For each shape, cut 2 pieces of brown bag, ½” larger all around than pattern. With edges aligned, glue bag layers together, using squeegee to apply glue. Transfer desired pattern to layered bag and cut out. Shape cutout as desired to give dimension. Let dry.
  2. Referring to photo for colors and details, paint each shape, letting dry between colors. To paint dots for eyes, dip wooden end of brush into desired color of paint and dot paint on design.
  3. Cut several 11” lengths of raffia. Handling all lengths as 1, tie into bow. Repeat to make 8 bows. Cut several 60” lengths of raffia. Handling all lengths as 1, tie into bow. Wrap wreath with remaining raffia as desired. Glue large bow at bottom of wreath. Glue 1 bat to streamers of large bow. Cut 1 (10”) length of raffia. Glue spider shape to 1 end of raffia length. Tie free end of raffia to wreath at top so that spider hangs inside wreath. Glue remaining painted shapes and small bows to wreath where desired. Let dry.
  • I love working with brown bag to create all sorts of shapes for my crafting projects. It’s plentiful and inexpensive and a great way to recycle. After you cut out your shapes, as the glue is starting to dry, just gently shape the pieces to give them some dimension. The glue softens the brown bag just enough to make it bendable while still holding the layers together while you give it some shape. 

Ghostly Halloween Luminaries

  • Krylon Frosted Glass Finish - White (#9040)
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint - Bright White (#53517)
  • Krylon Glowz® - Glow-in-the-Dark (#3150)
  • Krylon Short Cuts® Hobby/Craft Paint Pens - Black (#SCP914)
  • Round glass votives
  • Newspaper
  1. Set up a spray area by covering a table or other work surface with newspaper. It helps to place an extra smaller piece of newspaper under each individual votive that you can use to rotate the individual votive while you spray. This is particularly useful if you are unable to move around your work surface freely.
  2. Begin spraying several light coats of Frosted Glass Finish on the lip of each votive. This area is the opening of the votive that will be resting on the newspaper. It is not necessary to saturate the lip as the idea is to create a “disappearing” gradation of white to add to the ghostly illusion. Let dry completely.
  3. Spray several light coats of Bright White on the bottoms of the votives until coverage is solid while concentrating on blending the white seamlessly with the frosted glass. Let dry completely.
  4. Spray entire exterior of all the vases with Glowz so that when your votives are not lit, they will still glow-in-the-dark, welcoming dusk. Let dry completely.
  5. Finally, freehand facial features (eyes and mouths) with a Black Paint Pen to give each ghost a personality!

Halloween Pumpkin Treat Holder

  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Craft foam sheets in orange, yellow, green & brown
  • 3/8” green grosgrain ribbon, 10” length
  • 5/8” black check ribbon, 13-1/2” length
  • Two 18mm moveable eyes
  • Black permanent fine tip marker
  • Three 1/2” green buttons
  • Two 5/8” green buttons
  • Scissors, sponge, ruler
  • Pattern

  1. Print pattern and cut out each section. Trace each onto craft foam as follows: brown for the stem, green for the leaves, yellow for the eyes, nose & mouth, and orange for pumpkin and pocket.
  2. Using a damp sponge, sponge paint the front and back of the pumpkin and one side of the pocket with the orange paint. Let dry.
  3. Draw lines around both sides of the pumpkin, pocket, eyes, nose, mouth, leaves & stem with the fine tip marker.
  4. Glue the pocket to back of the pumpkin leaving the top of the pocket unglued. Following the directions for CRAFTFOAM GLUE, glue on the eyes, nose, mouth, stem & leaves as in the photo.
  5. Glue on the moveable eyes with GEM-TAC and the 5/8” green buttons at the corners of the mouth and the ½” green buttons on the leaves as in the photo.
  6. Glue black checked ribbon to the back of the pumpkin and the black buttons onto the ends of the ribbon with GEM-TAC.
  7. Make a bow with the green ribbon, cutting the ends at an angle and glue bow onto the leaves with GEM-TAC as in photo.

Fall Leaf Ornament

  • Piñata Color: Calabaza Orange, Sunbright Yellow
  • Lumiere: Old Brass, Metallic Rust
  • Square glass ornament
  • Small leaves - dried or silk
  • Craft wire
  • Ribbon
  • Paintbrush
  1. Carefully remove the metal cap from the ornament. Squirt the Pinata Colors inside. Touch the tip of the bottle to the glass while your squeezing so that the color runs down the inside of the ornament. Not too much—you want the paint to drip down the sides without puddling up too much on the bottom. When you are happy with how it looks, set it aside and let dry.
  2. Paint the small leaves with Lumiere and let dry.
  3. Wrap short pieces of craft wire around the stems of the leaves. If you are using dried leaves, the stems may be brittle so use a bit of craft glue to secure them to the wire.
  4. Wind the wire ends around a pencil or the end of your paintbrush to give them a bit of curl.
  5. Put the leaves inside the ornament one at a time. Thread the non-leafy ends of the wires through the metal cap and adjust the lengths so that the leaves hang at different levels and don’t touch the bottom of the ornament too much. (This part may be kinda tricky, mostly if you are using real leaves. Handle them gently so as not to crush them.) When you are happy with the way the leaves hang inside the ornament wind the wire ends together and wrap them around the top of the hanger.
  6. Finish off by tying a little accent ribbon at the top—or personalize it with an ExtravOrganza ribbon!

Spooky Spider Halloween Ornament

Nothing says scary quite like a spider, and nothing says Halloween quite like this great spooky spider Halloween ornament. Add a festive, colorful and homemade touch to your Halloween decorations with this fun decoration . Use ornaments for more than Christmas!
  • Piñata Color: Calabaza Orange, Mantilla Black
  • Piñata Claro Extender (optional)
  • Lumiere: Burnt Orange
  • Pearl Ex Stamp Pad: Copper
  • Pearl Ex Stamp Pad Reinker: Black
  • Square glass ornament
  • Small spider stamps
  • Flat paintbrush
  • Orange jellybeans
  1. Hold the ornament by the metal hanger and drip Pinata Calabaza Orange on the top. Be generous. Roll the ornament around so the whole outside gets coated with color. While the Orange is still wet, add a few drops of Mantilla Black so the colors mix together. Adding some Colorless Extender at this point can help the blending process. Gently dab off the excess with a paper towel or sponge and let dry.
  2. Stamp the ornament with the small spider stamps using the Copper Pearl Ex Stamp Pad.
  3. Making the ExtravOrganza ribbon: Set the page layout to "landscape" (for the longest ribbon) and choose printer settings for thicker paper and maximum ink flow. Layout several ribbons on one sheet, leaving enough space for fringing if desired. Test on plain paper first to check the text size and general spacing. Load one sheet of ExtravOrganza into the printer and print on the fabric side of the sheet. Cut the ribbons, peel off the paper back and fringe.
  4. Paint the fringe with Lumiere using a flat brush. The paint dries fairly quickly and will stick to the paper, so lift your ribbon off before this happens.
  5. Add polka dots to the ribbon with the Black Re-inker. I squirted a bit out into a plastic palette and used a tiny round sponge (Q-tips or make-up applicators work well) to make my dots.
  6. Carefully remove the metal cap from the ornament and fill with jelly beans or treat of your choice.
  7. Replace the cap and tie on the ExtravOrganza ribbons.


Candy Corn Decoration Ornament

Here’s a quick and easy way to make fun treats for your Halloween party. Make a whole bowl full or hang them on a dried branch! Personalize the ribbons!

  • Piñata Color: Calabaza Orange
  • ExtravOrganza
  • Lumiere: Burnt Orange
  • Pearl Ex Stamp Pad Reinker: Black
  • Square glass ornament
  • Paintbrush
  • Candy Corn
  1. Paint the ornament by squirting some Calabaza Orange Pinata into a plastic palette and use a small sponge brush to dab it on the outside of the ornament (when filling with candy it’s best to leave the inside un-painted). Paint the metal cap as well. Work quickly, the Pinata Color dries fast.
  2. When the ornament is completely dry, squirt some Pearl Ex Black from the Re-inker into your palette and paint the Jack-o-Lantern face.
  3. Print the ExtravOrganza. Lay out a bunch of ribbons at the same time to make the best use of the ExtravOrganza sheet. It’s a good idea to print a test sheet using plain paper to check text size and spacing. Set the page layout to ‘landscape’ to create the longest length of ribbon then choose print settings for thicker paper and maximum flow of ink. I like to pump up the color saturation, especially if I’m printing colored text. Leave enough room at margins and between lines of text to allow for cutting and fringing. Load ExtravOrganza into your printer one sheet at a time, making sure to print on the fabric side of the sheet, and print. Cut the text ribbon, peel off the paper back and fringe the edges.
  4. Lay the text ribbon on a sheet of scrap paper and paint with Lumiere—Burnt Orange using a flat brush. It will dry fairly quickly and stick to the paper so lift your ribbon off before this happens.
  5. Add black polka dots to the ribbon with the Black Pearl-Ex Stamp Pad Re-inker. I squirted a bit out into a plastic palette and used a tiny round sponge to make my dots.
  6. Assemble the favor by carefully removing the metal cap from the ornament and filling with Candy Corn (or other yummy treat that will fit through the top).
  7. Replace cap.
  8. Tie ExtravOrganza ribbons to the top. Ta Da!!!! Cute little treats for your Halloween bash!

Plump Pretty Pumpkins (craft)

  • STYROFOAM Brand Products:
    • 1- 6" ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • 1- 10" x 18" sheet dark green corrugated paper
  • 1- 1/4 yd. quilt batting
  • 6- 12" x 5" calico scraps
  • Florist wire
  • Old candle
  • 3 rubber bands
  • Glue gun and glue sticks or craft glue
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Pencil
  • Serrated knife
  • Felt tip marker
  • Pattern
  1. Mark off 6 equal sections on ball of STYROFOAM. Mark center of top and bottom of ball; place 3 rubber bands around ball, crossing bands at the top and bottom, and positioning them so they form 6 equal sections. Draw lines around ball next to rubber bands.
  2. Cut off a 1/2" slice from bottom and top of ball with knife. Remark center of top and bottom; using tip of pencil, create hole at each end that is 3/4" wide and deep. Redraw section lines that were sliced off. Using sharp pencil, trace over vertical lines, creating 1/4" deep grooves
  3. Enlarge patterns to actual size: A is 8-1/4" x 2-1/2", B is 9-1/4" x 3" and C is 10-3/4" x 4-3/4".
  4. Cut 6 pieces of batting from Patterns A and B. Center and glue batting piece A to each section of the ball. Center and glue batting piece B on top of smaller pieces, staying within section lines.
  5. Cut 6 pieces of fabric from Pattern C.
  6. Beginning with one section and working around the pumpkin, center a fabric piece over scored lines. Position knife on lines and push seam allowances into foam. For a clean, crisp "seam," hold knife straight up and down. Push excess fabric into the holes at top and bottom of the ball; carefully trim excess fabric.
  7. Cut a 1-1/2" x 10" strip of corrugated paper. Roll tightly to create stem, gluing end to hold. Cover one end in glue and push into top of pumpkin. Cut leaves from remaining paper. Coat one tip of leaf in glue and push into top of pumpkin beside stem.
  8. Wind florist wire around pencil to make tendrils and glue into hole next to stem.

Halloween Clay Pot Bat Wind-chimes (craft)

  • Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
  • Drill with 1/8” drill bit
  • 2” diameter wooden ball
  • 4-1/4” diameter clay pot
  • Acrylic paint: black, orange, lime
  • Paintbrush
  • Pop-up craft sponge
  • Waxed paper
  • Dimensional paint: white, black, pink, green, orange
  • Small wind chimes
  • Black craft foam
  • 9” (5/8” wide) orange ribbon
  • Pattern


Drill hole through wooden ball. Paint ball and clay pot black. Let dry. Transfer triangle pattern to pop-up sponge and cut 2. Dip each into water to expand and wring out excess water. Pour separate puddles of orange and lime paints onto waxed paper. Dip each sponge into 1 color of paint and blot excess paint on side of waxed paper. Continue to blot until color is evenly distributed on sponge. Do not oversaturate the sponge. Press sponge on rim of pot and lift. Alternate colors. Let design dry. Wash sponge throughly and store for future use.
Paint facial features on wooden ball with dimensional paints. Let dry.
Apply glue to top of windchimes. Working from inside pot, thread wind chimes hanger through hole in bottom of pot. Pull wind chimes up to pot and glue in place. Let dry. Thread wind chimes hanger through hole in wooden ball head, working from bottom to top and pushing head down onto pot bottom. Glue head in place on pot. Let dry.
Transfer patterns to foam and cut 1 wings and 2 ears. Trim bottom edge of each ears to fit curve of head. Glue ears in place on head. Let dry. Referring to photo, paint inner ears and details on wings with orange dimensional paint. Let dry. Glue wings to back of pot. Tie ribbon into bow. Glue bow to front of pot, just below head. Let dry.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Spider crafts.

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We’re crawling with spider crafts today – but they’re really not all that creepy. These spiders glitter, sparkle, and even smile. First up is a cute, Daddy Long Leg Spider Kathleen George made with a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and clothes hangers. (A tangled mess of clothes hangers? I find that scarier than a mess of spiders!) Don’t miss the colorful Itsy Bitsy Spiders Kathleen shared yesterday, too.
DIY this cute spider and use up old hangers, too. Easy tutorial on
Daddy Long Leg Spider by Kathleen George.

To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One 2-1/2” ball
    • Four, 1-1/2” balls
    • Scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Felt, a scrap of orange
  • Wiggle eyes, 3/8″, two
  • Clothes hangers, eight; or 16-gage black wire
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or plastic knife*; ruler; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; yardstick; knippers; needle nose pliers
*Note: If you’re working with kids, please have them use a plastic knife, and closely supervise them while they’re cutting.

To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider:

1. Cut the four, 1-1/2″ foam balls in half.
2. Insert the skewers into the 2-1/2” ball and the half balls, and use the skewers as handles while painting the foam shapes. Paint the balls and half balls black. Insert the skewers into a scrap of foam to hold the shapes upright while the paint dries.
3. Measure and cut each hanger into a 16” length, including the elbow. Position the cut so that there’s 4″ on one side of the elbow and 12″ on the other side. If the hangers are not black, paint black and insert into the foam scrap while paint dries. If you’re using 16-gage wire, cut the wire into eight, 16” lengths.
4. If needed, use the pliers to help shape the elbow into a knee, about 4″ from one end. Insert the 4″ ends into the 2-1/2” foam ball, four on each side. Remove the legs, add a dab of glue, and insert the legs again.
5. Glue and insert the end of each leg into a half-ball. Adjust as needed so the spider will stand.
6. Glue on the eyes. Cut the eyebrows and mouth from the orange felt, and glue in place.
Do you remember the purple Tarantula in a Cloche Kathleen shared a while back? This is fun one!
Repurpose an old plastic soda bottle and make a Tarantula in a cloche. Fun idea! for tutorial. cloche
Halloween Tarantula in a Cloche by Kathleen George
I’ve rounded up a few more spider crafts for this Halloween season. Kim from 733 blog has this super-sized spider nesting in her bushes.Eek!
Kim at 733 blog has the tutorial to make this super-sized Halloween Spider.
Crystal made this dazzling spider with sequins. She shares her tutorial for making Sparkling Spiders on her blog Make It Easy Crafts.
Go to Make It Easy Crafts for the tutorial to make this Sparkling Spider. Really cute!
We have more sparkling spiders over on Momnivore’s Dilemma, where Nicolette made Glittering Spiders.
Cute, glittered spiders from Momnivore's Dilemma. DIY tutorial on Momnivore's Dilemma.
If you’d like a video tutorial for making Glittered Spiders, then tune in over on Kraft Clatch. Mona’s helpful tutorial will walk you through it.
Watch the video tutorial on Craft Klatch with Mona to make this glamorous, Glittered Spider.
Eyelashes, ruby red lips and glitter make this one glamorous spider!
I love the spider webs Liz made to display her Spooky Spiders. You can see more over at her blog Say Yes.
Fun Halloween spider tutorial from Liz at Say Yes.
You can almost cuddle with this Furry Spider, and Shatzi from Love and Laundry shares her tutorial over at Sugar Bee Crafts.
He looks so cuddly! Go see the tutorial for this Furry Spider over on Sugar Bee Crafts.
Furry eyelash yarn makes this one huggable! It’s over on Sugar Bee Crafts.
I hope today’s spider crafts haven’t given anyone the heebie jeebies. Are there any Arachnaphobes out there?
Have a great weekend, and happy crafting.