Despite our house issues, I did start decorating for Halloween last week. Yesterday and today became the big push though. I even went to Lowe’s to create a new addition to our Halloween decoration family…
The Giant Yard Spider
Meet Elspira – she makes me smile. Just finished her yesterday afternoon.
Here is how you can make a giant yard spider of your own.
Things to Gather
- Foam pipe covers (enough to make sixteen 2 foot parts) – $10
- Eight 1/2 inch elbow socket pipe parts – $1.75
- Black electrical tape – $3
- Two Black plastic bags – $1
- Filler (we used newspaper and a spare brick for the body) – $N/A
- Foam plate (or something to make the eyes and extras) – $N/A
- Two wire coat hangers (or something to make spikes) – $N/A
- Total Cost = $15.75
Steps to Making a Yard Spider
- Cut the foam into sixteen, 2 foot sections.
- Join two sections of the foam together using an elbow socket pipe part and black electrical tape.
- Repeat 7 times.
- Fill one plastic bag to nearly full of newspaper or the filler of your choice along with something heavy (like the brick we used).
- Fill the other plastic bag just enough to make a proportionally correct head.
- Cut the wire coat hangers into eight 4-6 inch straight sections to use as stakes.
- Take all body parts to where you want to set up your spider.
- Use the black electrical tape to attach the legs to the torso.
- Use more black electrical tape to attach the head to the legs and torso.
- When in doubt in any step, use black electrical tape.
- Use the wire pieces to stake each leg into the ground.
- Cut out foam eyes and other facial features.
- Attach the eyes using black electrical tape (we rolled a piece up for each thing to make it double-sided sticky).
Voila! You now have an awesome yard spider too!
What about you? What awesome do-it-yourself Halloween decorations do you enjoy?