Things You'll Need
- Black balloon
- 4 black pipe cleaners
- Black string
- White paint marker
Around Halloween or as a project for a rainy day, you may find yourself wanting to make a 3-D spider. This is a fun and easy project that requires only a little bit of time and preparation. It is inexpensive because it requires very few supplies that you may already have lying around the house. After making your 3-D spider, display it in your house, hang it outside on your porch or place it in a fake spider web.
Blow up the black balloon but not until it is entirely inflated. Allow there to be some room to pinch the balloon and not have it pop. Tie a knot around the end of the balloon.
Pinch the balloon approximately 2 inches from the knot, thereby creating a larger round body and a smaller round head. Twist this area and then tie it off with a piece of black string to keep it in place.
Fold each black pipe cleaner in half to find the center of the pipe cleaner. Place the center of one of the pipe cleaners over the "neck" of the spider, the area which you just tied off with the black string. Wrap it around this area once all the way around, so that the pipe cleaner becomes twisted around the balloon and stays in place.
Repeat Step 3 with the remaining three pipe cleaners. Arrange all of the pipe cleaners so that they are evenly spaced on each side. There should be four lengths of pipe cleaner sticking out on each side of the balloon spider. Bend each of the legs in half and push them to a 90-degree angle so that the spider can stand on the legs.
Draw eyes and a mouth on to the balloon spider face with the white marker pen. Add fangs, if you would like.
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