“No living thing is ugly in this world. Even a tarantula considers itself beautiful.”
– Munia Khan (poet) Source: Goodreads
For our second mini-blog, we created a spider out of pine cones and mini pumpkins. A fun project to do with your kids. Perfect for Halloween!
You will need:
- Six 5-inch pine cones
- One 3-inch mini pumpkin
- One 4-inch mini pumpkin
- Black spray paint (Satin finish)
- 1 black chenille stem (we used Jumbo Fuzzy Sticks from Target) cut to 5 inches
- Craft glue
- Two 1/2-inch googly eyes
- One 14-inch platter
How to create your spider:
- In a ventilated area, spray paint pumpkins and pine cones thoroughly. Use newspapers to protect surfaces.
- Allow to dry.
- Place 3-inch pumpkin upside down below and in front of the 4-inch pumpkin on the platter or whatever you choose as a base.
- Add googly eyes with craft glue. (Some come with adhesive backs, use those if you have them.)
- Decide which pine cones go where. We used larger pine cones as the back legs.
- Place 3 legs on each side.
- Bend chenille stem to create feelers and position under spider head.
Watch the bugs (and some people) disappear in fear!
Hint 1: This display is temporary because we will be using the parts for future holiday decor. Stay tuned! For more permanence, attach spider parts to platter with double stick tape.
Hint 2: If paint comes off pumpkins during assembly, touch up with quick drying, matching acrylic paint.
Be creative with your spiders! Use colorful googly eyes, make a purple spider or whatever you favorite spider color is, add stickers and designs. We’d love to see pictures of your creations!
Roy & Kevin