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   Halloween spiders from Easter eggs Posted by Chica 
October 29, 2009 
Chica
 

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Halloween is just a few days away and you might think it’s too late for crafts and decorations, but I just had to share one more. Yesterday, I was looking through my box of assorted holiday decorations, trying to find my plastic cauldron to put my trick-or-treat candy in. Sitting right there next to some fake cobwebs was my stash of plastic Easter eggs. Suddenly, I realized those eggs would make great spider bodies, and I could use them for Halloween!

To start off, I painted the eggs with black paint. The best stuff to use here is a spray paint that’s formulated for plastic, but I didn’t have any around in black, so I ended up using some glossy black craft paint. I was surprised that it adhered to the plastic so well, but it did take two coats to get nice coverage.

Halloween spiders from Easter eggsHalloween spiders from Easter eggs

Next, I took a piece of monofilament line and attached it so that I could hang the spider later. For the eggs that were attached by a hinge, I could just tie the line around the hinge, which gave me a great hanging point. For the eggs that came apart completely, I just taped the line to the inside of the egg.

Halloween spiders from Easter eggsHalloween spiders from Easter eggs

Next I cut eight 2-inch pieces of black chenille stems (a.k.a. pipe cleaners), which would become the spider’s legs. Bend each piece in the middle to give it a nice shape.

Halloween spiders from Easter eggs

What’s that? You don’t have black chenille stems on hand? Well, neither did I. I only had white. But with a little experimenting, I learned that I can paint them to whatever color I want!

I just took some of my black craft paint and dabbed it onto the white stem with a cloth. Then I rubbed it in really well until the entire thing was covered, taking care not to let the paint get gloppy. A few minutes later, and I had black chenille stems. Awesome!

Halloween spiders from Easter eggsHalloween spiders from Easter eggs

So, back to the spiders. Using a hot glue gun, put a tiny dab of glue on the end of each spider leg and hold it in place on the egg body for a few seconds until it’s set.

Halloween spiders from Easter eggsHalloween spiders from Easter eggs

Use some glossy white craft paint to put some happy faces on your spiders if you want, and you’re good to go!

Halloween spiders from Easter eggs

Aren’t they adorable? I can’t wait to hang them all over my front porch and hopefully spook some of my trick-or-treaters!

Halloween spiders from Easter eggsHalloween spiders from Easter eggs

Halloween spiders from Easter eggsHalloween spiders from Easter eggs

2 comments so far:

  1. Amanda said: (October 29th, 2009 at 12:10 pm)

    They ARE! Very cute idea. I will tweet them :)

  2. katherine marie said: (October 30th, 2009 at 4:58 pm)

    SUPER!!!!!!!!!

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