Mwah ha ha haaaaa! With the nights drawing in and a chill in the air, Halloween is fast approaching. This crafty ‘Make’ will keep children busy over half term, and is not too scary for little ones (although you may need to make the pom pom for them as it can be a bit fiddly: and they can do the eyes!). You can make these into fun bouncy toys by tying the spider to the end of an elastic string or dangle them from the ceiling as a Halloween decoration. This might be a fun craft activity for a Halloween party or autumnal play date.
You will need:
black wool (roughly 8m, 5Cm per spider)
pipe cleaners (4x 15Cm lengths per spider as a rough guide- but it depends how long you want your legs to be!)
goggly eyes (and glue if they are not sticky ones)
optional elastic thread
1.Cut two lengths of black wool. One around 5Cm long and one around 8m long.
2.Fold the 8m length in half then wind it around your fingers (but not too tightly that the wool will never come off!) (see Figure 1).
3. When you have finished winding, carefully take the wool off of your fingers and tie the loops tightly in the middle with your short piece of wool (see Figure 2).
4.Cut the loops with scissors and fluff the pom pom up. You might like to give your spider a bit of a trim to tidy him/ her up (see Figure 3).
5.Tie the four pipe cleaners together in their centre then tie them securely onto the spider. Bend the pipe cleaners into shape for the legs and feet (one pipe cleaner should be enough for two legs) (figure 4).
6.Stick on goggly eyes.
7.You might like to tie your spider to some elastic thread so he/ she can bounce around with you.
TIP: If winding the wool around your hands is too fiddly, you can make some mini spiders by wrapping the wool around the prongs of a fork. You can make spiders of different sizes by altering the width of whatever you wrap the wool around (the wider the width, the bigger the spider and more wool you will need).
Now you are an expert wool crafter, try the Meals and Makes sewing kits here.