Ginormous Spiders

This is an opportunity to use those old telephone or stereo wires that have been taking up space in the junk drawer.

You’ll need:
Krylon H2O spray paint in black (go to for retailers)
Styrofoam ball, 8" or 10" diameter
3 6' lengths of foam pipe insulation
Black telephone or stereo wires, or black twine
Glue gun

1. Spray paint Styrofoam ball black. (Tip: Poke a stick into the ground and push the Styrofoam sphere onto it so you can paint entire ball. When you’re assembling spider, cover hole with an eye or leg.) Let dry.
2. Cut two 6' pieces of pipe insulation into 2' lengths for a total of six 2’ pieces.
Now take a 2' piece of pipe insulation and bend it about 10" from one end. Tie folded pieces together with wire to make a knee. Measure another 10” down from knee, fold insulation and tie folded pieces together with black wire to make ankle. Trim excess wire. Repeat on five remaining 2' lengths of pipe insulation.
3. Cut two 10" lengths from remaining 6' length of pipe insulation. To make front legs, bend each piece in half and tie folded pieces together with black wire. Trim excess wire.
4. Working on “thigh” (long part) of each leg, snip end on diagonal so it fits snugly into a ball. Starting with front legs, glue each leg to ball. (Refer to photo for positioning.) Tip: Hold each leg in place longer than you typically would―you're melting foam, so allow it to cool before letting go. Attach remaining six legs, three on each side.
5. Cut two half-circles, about 3" long, out of white paper, cardboard or craft foam. Cut a thin “slice” of leftover pipe insulation. Cut that piece in half to make two “C”-shaped pieces. Glue a “C” onto each half-circle. Position each eye on ball, and glue.

To display: Tie filament around legs, and hang from porch or tie to spider web.