FloraCraft® Spiders and Spider Den

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by Dondi Richardson, FloraCraft®

FloraCraft® Spiders and Spider Den

Create a place for the creepy and crawly critters that you want in your home this Halloween by creating the FloraCraft® Spider Den!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include drying time.
  • 2
    To create the spiral den, cut each wreath in half using the foam cutter or serrated knife. Attach the ends of the half wreaths together in a spiral pattern. Insert a craft stick into the end of each wreath before gluing them together for a secure hold. Use the four, 8 inch half wreaths for the top of the spiral and then attach the four, 14 inch half wreaths spiraling to the bottom.
  • 3
    Gather the end of the mesh and pin it to the end of the 8 inch wreath at the top of the spiral. Tightly wrap the White mesh around the wreaths to completely cover the spiral. Cut the White mesh and pin the end again at the bottom. Pin the Black sheer ribbon at the top of the den and spiral it around the wreaths, pinning again at the bottom.
  • 4
    To create the hanging cocoons, cover an 8 inch, 6 inch and 4 inch ball with craft batting, gluing to secure in place. Cut strips of cheese cloth and loosely wrap each ball leaving some of the batting exposed. Cut strips of cheesecloth and glue and pin to the tops of the balls for hangers. Hang the largest ball from the bottom of the spiral with pins. Hang the 6 inch ball in the center of the spiral and the 4 inch ball from the top of the spiral.
  • 5
    To create the large spider, cut the 8 inch and the 5 inch balls in half. Use the other half of each ball to create a second spider or reserve for a future project. Shape the head and body of the spider into ovals by pressing the foam on a hard surface. Continue shaping until your spider has the desired look. Glue the head to the body. Insert a craft stick into the back of the head before attaching to the body for a secure hold. Paint the balls Black and set aside to dry.
  • 6
    Twist two Black chenille stems together for each of the eight legs. Cut 14, 1 inch lengths of Black feather boa for each leg. Cut 24 pieces of 1-1/2 inch Black chenille stem to use as ties. Secure one end of the Black feather boa to the leg about 1 inch up from one end. About half way down the leg secure the boa again; this is where the leg bends. The Black feather boa will be slightly longer than the end of the stem. Loop the Black boa and secure the loop to the end of the stem. This creates a fuzzy foot. Repeat this step for each leg. Secure the Black chenille stem from each leg into the body just behind the neck (four on each side).
  • 7
    Cut two, 3 inch pieces of Black chenille stem. Fold each piece in half and twist the ends together. Shape a slight bend in each and glue into the front of the face for the pinchers. Glue four eyes on each side of the head just above the pinchers, as shown.
  • 8
    To create the small spiders, paint a 1 inch ball Black and let dry. Cut a chenille stem in half and fold each half in half again. Glue the folded ends of each half stem into the 1 inch ball, two on each side to create eight legs.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Extruded Wreath 8 inch 104183621 (2)
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Extruded Wreath 14 inch 104186319 (2)
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 16 pc. 1 inch 104183629
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 2 pc. 4 inch 104183639
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 5 inch 104183643
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 6 inch 104183647
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 8 inch 104183651 (2)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Deco Mesh Roll 21 inch x 10 yard Metallic White Iridescent 104573303 (2)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Floral Greening Pins 50 pc. 104186729
  • My Studio™ Plaid® Acrylic Craft Paint 16 oz. Black 100365529
  • Morex Organdy Ribbon 1-1/2 inch x 10 yard Black 104193120
  • Nicole™ Crafts Chenille Stems 6 mm 75 pc. Black 104277518
  • Nicole™ Crafts Chenille Stems 6 mm 25 pc. Black 104277478
  • Nicole™ Crafts Marabou Boa 3 foot Black 104277164
  • Darice® Solid Black Eyes 12 mm 6 pc. 104234528
  • Darice® Solid Black Eyes 9 mm 8 pc. 104234532
  • Darice® Solid Black Eyes 6 mm 10 pc. 104235412
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-fil® Fiber 12 oz. 104236978
  •   Nicole™ Crafts 2 square yard Cheesecloth 104148942
  • Loew-Cornell® Craft Sticks 150 pc. 104141449
  • FloraCraft® Foam Cutter 6 inch 2 blade 104186311 or Serrated Knife
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder® All Purpose Stik™ Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Scissors