Giant Foam & Fabric Spider

In my effort to decorate for holidays like I used to, I finally got the outside of our home ready for Halloween! It is simple but I am super happy with how it came out- check out our large spider web and my giant foam and fabric spider just hanging out on top. I love it! Plus, for the most part I was able to use materials I had on hand!

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I got the idea for the spider from the Make It Fun Crafts Halloween Magazine and the best part- it is a FREE PDF download! Check it out HERE! In the magazine they made a giant ghost (top right on the cover below) but I used the same materials and method and turned it into a spider. I will probably have to go back and make a ghost too because it is pretty adorable.

hw-cover-232x300Here is what you need:

  • 1.5 inch sheet Make It Fun Foam
  • .5 inch sheet Make It Fun Foam
  • Foam Cutter
  • Varieties of dark fabrics (remnants and/or fat quarters)
  • Foam Tools
  • Floral Pins
  • Googly eyes

I started out with the 1.5 inch sheet of foam and roughly drew a circle with a marker. It doesn’t at all have to be perfect, unless you are the type of person who needs it to be perfect. I free drew it because it is Halloween so you have some wiggle room and it will be covered with fabric so you won’t know if it is a little off anyways.

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Once it is cut out with the Make It Fun Foam Cutter, I grab an assortment of black and gray fabric and started cutting 1 inch by 3 inch strips.

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Next, I used the Tuck & Scribe Tool to poke all the fabric into the face of the foam circle, not the sides as of now because you will need to add the legs in first.

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For the legs I took a .5 inch sheet of Make It Fun Foam and a piece of scrapbook paper on an angle. I then took a pen and drew from the half way point on one side to the half way point on the other side. I pulled the paper down and inch and did it again until I had 4 legs.

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I cut these out with the Foam Cutter and repeated the process to make four more so I had eight total legs.

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I covered these in gray fabric using the floral pins to secure them on either ends.

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At this point, all that is left is to attach the legs to the body, for this I employed the bobby pin method. The best way to describe this is I put the leg up against the side of the spider and started by putting a pin into each side and the bottom, much like the way you would secure a bun with bobby pins. I promise it makes sense when you are doing it, it is all I kept thinking the whole time I was attaching the legs. Also true is that much like bobby pins, you can add too many floral pins.

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After the legs are on, he (or she) just needs some eyes and he can go home to his web! I put this up on the side of my house with some simple rope. To secure him to the web I used quite a few more floral pins and just added them at every point the roped touched the foam.

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That’s it! A fun and not scary decoration for the house that can be easily completed in one afternoon! How do you decorate for Halloween? Let me know in the comments below!

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