Spider Nest Craft
Paper Mache Crafts
This spider nest craft is a creepy addition to your Halloween
It is no surprise that many people have a fear of spiders. Making this nest much larger than actual size really will creep out the trick or treaters!
These look great hanging outside from a tree, or by
your door, surrounded by spider webs.
Attach a few plastic
spiders, or a large spider craft you make yourself,
and you have a nest that all your guests will want to avoid!
Needed for the Spider Nest Craft:
- flour, water, and a mixing bowl
- strong bendable wire (I used 22 gauge craft wire)
- white spray paint
- strong glue
- artificial spider(s)
1. You will be making a paper mache mixture which can get
a bit messy. Cover your work surface with newspapers before
beginning. Decide where you
would like the spider nest to dry (it will take a few days), and get
that area ready. If you do it
indoors, protect the floor beneath where the spider nest will hang in
case there is dripping. Tie a length of
string to allow the nest to dry on (like a clothesline). Begin by
blowing up and tying one balloon. Then, tie a length of
string to the balloon. This string is just used to tie the balloon to
clothesline and later it will be cut off.
Prepare your newspaper strips in advance. Simply tear about 1 inch wide
strips of newspaper and put them all in a big pile. Do not make them
too long, as it will be hard to wrap them around the balloon if they
are too long.
Prepare the paper mache mixture. Mix 2 cups of flour to 2 cups of water
and mix until it is smooth.
Dip a newspaper strip into the paper mache mixture until it is
completely soaked, and then run your fingers over it to remove excess
paper mache. Then, wrap the strip of paper around the balloon. Protect
your work surface with newspapers. This is a messy job and the table
are working on will get messy, but usually it will wipe up easily later
on with a soapy sponge. Cover the entire balloon with newspaper strips,
overlapping then when necessary, so you cannot see any of the balloon.
You can leave the stem pointing through. The goal is to cover the
balloon with three complete layers of newspaper strips. I found the
easy way to keep track of the layers is as follows: The first layer is
easy; you will know you are done when you cannot see anymore of the
balloon. For the second layer, add dry newspaper strips on top of the
already wet strips to help keep track. For the last layers, layer on
wet gooey strips once again.
When you are finished, use the length of string you tied to each
balloon and tie it to the clothesline you prepared. Allow the spider
to dry completely. This may take 2 to 3 days. When it is dry, remove
them from the clothesline and cut off the balloon stem. The balloon
will slowly peel away from the sides so it can be removed.
6. Using a needle
or another peircing tool, make a small hole on either side of the large
hole at the top.
7. Bend the end of
a strong piece of wire and thread it through the hole.
8. Using wire
cutters and pliers, cut off the wire and create a large jump loop.
Repeat this for the other side.
9. You now have two
loops that you can thread the string through for easy hanging.
10. Hang the spider
nest outside and give it a few coats of white spray paint, allowing it
to dry in between coats.
11. Glue on a few
spiders with strong glue. This spider nest craft looks best
when it is hung among artificial spider webs, near a corner of the
house or from a tree.
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