Halloween spooky but cute! These spiders are the kind you won’t mind having in your house come fall! They are made from yarn and pipecleaners so are inexpensive. And they are quick and easy to make. You (or an older child) can make several in an evening!
First create a pompom from black or brown yarn. If you’ve not done one before, follow the easy steps above. I used a piece of cardboard about 4 inches long and two and a half inches wide to wrap yarn around, but you can use the palm of your hand instead of cardboard. I find I tend to keep wrapping tighter and tighter if I do it on my hand, but can control the tension better on the cardboard. The more wraps you make, the fuller the body of your spider will be. My yarn bundle was about two inches thick when I quit wrapping. Slip the bundle off the cardboard and tie it as tightly as you can in the middle with a piece of yarn about 12 inches long. If you plan to hang the spider, this is the time to add a fishline hanger tied around the middle as well. Leave plenty of length for the hanger.
Cut in the fold of the yarn on each side. Holding the yarn tie, shake the yarn ball out upside down and begin to trim into a ball shape. Turn and trim until you have a fairly uniform shape. The closer you trim to the center the more “plush” is the finished spider. I liked the shaggy look so quit trimming when I had a uniform ball shape.
Next add the legs to your spider. Use four full length pipe cleaners. Find the center by holding all of them in one hand while matching the ends andcreasing the four pipe cleaners with the other hand. IF you are going to add button eyes (see below) add one more pipe cleaner before creasing. Tie the bundle of pipe cleaners tightly to the body using the remainder of the yarn used to cinch the body together. If you are making a small spider, cut the pipecleaners in half and assemble in the same manner. When the bundle is tied, take the opposite end of each pipe cleaner and fold it across the body and snug it down tightly against the knot. This keeps the legs from moving or pulling out of the knot when you are working with them.
If you are going to hang the spiders, go for the long legged look and leave the pipecleaners their original size. Bend all four on a side at the same time and about 2 inches up from the bottom. If you want your spider to stand, fold up an inch of pipecleaner on each leg before bending them. I found the larger standing spider needed “feet” as well, to make it sturdy and steady enough to stand. The little spider just has his pipecleaner legs folded up about an inch and pinched tightly together.
If you plan to use your pompom spider where toddlers might reach them, create secure eyes, by threading the fifth pipecleaner mentioned above when you tied the leg bundle to the body. I used a plain white two hole button — but lime green buttons could be cute! Push the button down close to the yarn ball before bending the pipecleaner and threading it through the second hole. Pull the pipecleaner tight on the second hole and twist it together to secure the button. Cut off any excess. Push, pull and twist the eye into place — wherever it looks good to you.
If spiders are out of reach of toddlers, you can use stick on flirty eyes like I did or glue on googly eyes. Work with the legs until you like the way your creations look and behave. All done! Stand back and admire!
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