Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Glowing Spider Decorations by Peacebabybatik

I think this is a perfect tutorial to post for this week with Halloween is just around the corner!  My girls and I went and got the supplies yesterday, and we are going to make them after school tomorrow.  Fun! Thanks Peace, Baby! Batik

Glowing Spider Decorations

A few weeks ago, little guy and I were wandering around a big-box home improvement store looking at their Halloween decorations. We became enamored with some tinsel spiders, but they were too pricey (in my opinion) to buy too many of them.
So, we decided to make our own spiders, an idea that fit well with my husband’s plan to go all out for Halloween this year.
Any by all out, I mean, all out. Our house is going to be something else this year! I can’t wait to see it all put together. We’ve got lights and ghosts and pumpkins, of course. But, that’s not enough. Oh no — he’s got a fog machine and built a contraption to cool the fog so it settles on the ground, and he is rigging up some electronic wizardry to make it look like thunder and lightning.
Don’t let me forget about the black lights, which is where these little guys come in.

Here’s what you need:
  • Styrofoam balls in whatever size you choose
  • Paint (we used neon orange, neon yellow and black)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun

Paint the spiders your desired color(s). If you’re lighting them with a black light, go for neon colors so they glow.
The balls need more than one coat to completely cover the Styrofoam. Let the paint dry completely between coats. Little guy had limited patience for so much painting, so I added the later coats on my own.

When the balls are dry, cut pipe cleaners in half for legs. Poke them into the Styrofoam and then bend them to look like legs with feet. Before we hang ours outside, I am going to go back and glue in the legs so they don’t fall out.
Cut another pipe cleaner in half and twist it into a loop. Poke it into the top of your spider to make a hole. Remove the loop, and fill the hole with hot glue. Poke the loop back in.

Glue on googly eyes, and find a great place to hang them.

Happy Halloween!

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