Even if you’re not a fan of spiders, these Great Big Hairy Spiders are crawling with so much crafting fun that both you and your kiddos will love it… big time!
As a mom of boys, I will admit that these little man creatures and their love of all things creepy, crawly, and dirty absolutely baffle me. Spiders included. Like all kids, my boys get a kick out of trying to scare mama with the big rubber spider they hide. And one of their favorite songs is “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” (that I turned into a re-make called “The Great Big Hairy Spider.”)
The boys also have amazing spidey-senses. No, not the intuitive feelings of something being dangerous or evil like Peter Parker who swings into action to right the wrongs of the world as Spiderman. My boys’ spidey-senses are more like spider finding skills. Poor little spider could be curled up in a corner behind a basket of toys that are rarely played with and my boys’ arachnid radar goes off immediately. Thankfully, my boys are also fantastic at getting a tissue and “taking care of it” themselves. (Yes, yes… call the spider police. We don’t co-habitat with insects in our home.)
Ironically, my mom, the woman who would wildly run through the house with the old Electrolux vacuum rolling behind her just so she could rid the house of the 8-legged inhabitant, came up with this Great Big Hairy Spider craft. Somehow she just knew that boys + spiders + crafting with Grandma = the highlight of our weekend visit! Just look at these happy faces!
And since we don’t do scary Halloween at our house, these fuzzy fake spiders were great to add to our décor.
(BTW… kudos to my mom! She is an awesome crafter with my boys! I LOVE the ideas she comes up with for them! And so do the boys!)
Great Big Hairy Spider
What you’ll need:
1 ½” circle cut from black cardstock paper
Large black pom-pom
2 small googly eyes
4 black pipe cleaners
Glue or glue dots
Optional: Additional adhesive – glue, glue dots, and/or tape to adhere pipe cleaners
How to make your spider:
- Fold the black cardstock circle on one side to create a small flap.
- Glue the pom-pom so it is centered over the unfolded section of the cardstock circle.
- Glue 2 small googly eyes on the flap of the black cardstock circle.
- Line up all 4 pipe cleaners. Twist them twice in the middle.
- Adhere the pipe cleaners to the bottom of the black cardstock circle. (Our glue didn’t hold so we taped our pipe cleaners on with packing tape. I would recommend duct tape if you are taping.)
- Next, you’ll be making two bends in the pipe cleaners to make knees and feet.
Knees: Holding all 4 pipe cleaners in your hand, bend them over your finger. This just assures they are bent at the same spot.
Feet: About ½” in from the end, bend the pipe cleaner out/up to create feet. I bent each foot individually since you may have to “fudge” the bed a little so that the spider sits more evenly.
To vary the size of spider, consider these options:
- Cut down the pipe cleaners. Our little spider was made by cutting 2 pipe cleaners cut in half.
- Change the size of the black cardstock circle and pompom.
Great Big Hairy Spider Song
For more Great Big Hairy Spider fun, try out this song with your kids! You’ll be tickling, they’ll be giggling! (Sing to the tune of The Itsy Bitsy Spider.)
The great big hairy spider crawled up and down <insert child’s name>’s back. (Tickle your child’s back by crawling your fingers up & down.)
It scared Mom so much that she gave that spider a smack. (Pretend to smack a spider on the child’s back.)
Then the spider bit him/her and nibbled on him/her some more. (Lightly pinch the child’s back.)
So Mommy took that spider and squished him on the floor. (Pretend throw it on the floor.)
I hope your day is crawling with fun with these Great Big Hairy Halloween Spiders!