Two years ago, I grabbed some stuff from Home Depot and created this new addition to our Halloween decoration family…
My Giant Yard Spider – Elspira
Meet Elspira (Elvira but a spider…get it? Hehehe) – she makes me smile.
Here is how you can make a giant yard spider of your own.
Things to Gather
Here are the items I bought from Home Depot (you can use my affiliate link to see their specials and get free shipping on most orders over $45) and their cost in 2014:
- Six 6′ 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 (already had them from Costco) – $1
- Filler (we used old 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 scrunched up 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!
Tips from Experience!
- If you live in an area with heavy winds, use black masking tape instead of electrical tape.
- If the legs just won’t stay up, you can either fill them with tightly rolled newspaper OR do what I did after a week, turn her upside down. Dead yard spiders are funny and imperfections actually add to the “dead” look. I even turned her eyes so they’d be cross-eyed and googly…
What about you? What awesome do-it-yourself Halloween decorations do you enjoy?