Making Pom Pom Spiders

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Making Pom Pom Spiders

The spider's body can be made from many different craft supplies or even recycle materials. The preferred option is often black pom poms as they give that round body look. Perhaps obviously, the bigger the pom, the bigger the legs, nose and eyes that you will need.

Pipe cleaners work really well as spider legs. There are more options available than you may think..... Pipe cleaners aren't all the same, there are bumpy pipe cleaners, skinny pipe cleaners, chunky pipe cleaners and extra long pipe cleaners - so many different ways to make your hairy spider legs!

Googly eyes are great for spider making projects, make sure you get the right sizes though, to avoid that boggle eyed spider look! As an example, you will need 10mm googly eyes on a 35mm pom pom - any bigger and you won't get any of the other facial features on the pom pom.

Follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Twist 4 pipe cleaners together in the middle, at least 3 or 4 twists should do it. Seperate the pipe cleaners each side and bend slightly to make spider legs.
  2. Pick a pom pom, we used 60mm black pom poms and 45mm black glitter pom poms, glue the pom pom to the centre of the pipe cleaner legs. You can use 1 or 2 pom poms, try experimenting to find the look you like the most and even add a 7mm pom pom  for a nose!
  3. Next stick on some googly eyes, you can use two or eight! We used self adhesive 2 x 10mm googly eyes for the 45mm pom poms and 8 x 7mm googly eyes for the 60mm pom poms.
  4. Tie a length of wool, nylon string, ribbon or elastic around your spider to hang, add jingle bells to your hanging spiders to make them really different.

What are you going to do with your spiders when they are made? Hang them up, add them to boxes or turn them into fridge magnets, it's up to you!

We used black pom poms, however, green works well and both purple and orange work well for Halloween spider making crafts.

As an alternative you could make your own wool pom poms using our pom pom making supplies.

Why not make rainbow coloured spiders - after all ugly bug spiders aren't all black....

  1. On pom pom based bugs, it is advisable to find the core of the pom pom by separating the wool into two halves, winding the elastic around the core and tying this before fluffing the pom pom back up again. Do all of this before decorating it - for obvious reasons!
  2. When using pom poms and pipecleaners, we always recommend that you use a good tacky glue. If you use a cheap PVA glue, you will find these watery and drying will take forever and the bond will be very weak, if any. A tacky glue is immediately "tacky", as the name suggests, and a good tacky glue will also dry more quickly. It will also work well if you are using straws or card. However, if combining straws and card together, you may find that a double sided tape works well for an immediate bond.
  3. If you prefer to use a 3D shape but want to use something different to pom poms, you could use Styrofoam balls or compressed cotton balls. Acrylic paints are best for colouring both of these - don't forget that you'll need paint brushes too. By painting the shapes you are extending the craft experience - you will need to allow drying time though. However, paint does dry fairly quickly on both Styrofoam balls and compressed cotton balls.
  4. As an alternative to pom pom spider bodies, cut circles from black card or craft foam sheets, attaching the legs underneath the disc body.
  5. Cut legs from craft foam sheets as an alternative to pipe cleaners and stick a pom pom on top using glue dots or tacky glue.
  6. Why not use drinking straws for legs? These do take a little more patience when assembling as they are not so absorbent for adhesives, they do give a different result - especially if you use flexible straws.
  7. You don't have to stick with the traditional black and white googly eyes, as they are also available in colours and glow in the dark too!
  8. For the mouth you could use a small section of either red foam or red pipe cleaner.