Daddy Long Leg Spider

EEK! Haunt your own home this Halloween with a super-sized arachnid made from shapes of STYROFOAM™ Brand foam. Kids will love these.

Completion time – 1-2 hours

Designer – Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls: one 2-1/2"; four 1-1/2"
  • Sheet, 1" thick, scrap
Other Materials
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Orange felt scrap
  • Wiggle eyes, 3/8", two
  • Black wire, 16-gauge

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewers
  • Stiff-bristled paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

Instructions

  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut 1-1/2"
    foam balls in half.
  • 2. Insert skewers into all foam shapes. Holding skewers, paint
    shapes black. Place skewers in heavy glass or jar while shapes
    dry. Remove skewers.
  • 3. Use wire cutters to cut eight 16" wire lengths. If unable
    to find black wire, paint metallic wire black. Push wire ends
    into scrap foam sheet until dry.
  • 4. Use pliers to bend a "knee" into each wire length, about 4"
    from one end. Insert short wire ends into large foam ball
    body, four on each side. Remove wires and use glue gun to
    secure wire ends in holes.
  • 5. Glue and insert bottom wire ends into foam half-ball feet
    so spider stands level.
  • 6. Use white glue to glue eyes onto spider. Hand cut crescent-shaped
    eyebrows and mouth from orange felt; glue to face as shown.