Goberts, which is northwest of me, about a 45 minute drive. I had a good time, got some great stuff, but I didn't want to drive as far this year. South of me, Johannsen's has a smaller pumpkin farm with not as much selection but just what I needed. I wanted two pumpkins, one for each side of the front, not too big that lugging them around would be difficult. I would have liked a white pumpkin, but they just had orange. There were, however, various shades of orange. The pumpkins also had to have decent stems. These two were 13 and 14 pounds.
Now, you'll need to spray paint both balls black. Normally, I do this outside, but there was a breeze today which would have made spray painting very inexact and you want the balls to be as black as you can make them. I formed a small "cave", if you will, by folding over the newspaper and proceeded to spray in small bursts.
The force of the spray paint would move the ball around so I could get most of the sides just spraying in bursts. I took a toothpick and used that to manipulate the balls so I could assure a somewhat even coverage. I like how, in the photo above, the smaller ball looks like a quarter moon complete with meteor craters.
Now, take one body and 8 pipe cleaners. Remember, spiders have 8 legs. Many cartoons and even some decorations show them with 6. Insects have 6 legs. Spiders have 8. Spiders are not insects.
Take one pipe cleaner, cover one end about 1/2 inch worth with glue and stick it into the large body. Remember, you're putting 4 on each side so you'll need to eyeball where on the body you want the legs to go. Here's where I had to make an adjustment.
Once I determined the length of my legs, I trimmed enough for both spiders. I didn't realize these sticks came in a variety of colors, either. I was expecting to have to spray paint them too, which would have added more time to the project. At JoAnn Fabrics, they are located next to the styrofoam balls, which made them very easy to find. I think there were 6 different colors.
Here's where using the smooth ball is good. With the usual styrofoam ball, it's got all those nooks and crannies. That, when spray painted, looks a bit like hair and most spiders have some hair on their bodies. Trying to put enough glue on one of those balls to make the eyes stick would have been frustrating. A drop on each of the eyes and they stuck nicely to the smooth surface ball. For additional personality, depending upon where your spider is going, you could add a grin or fangs. Just draw them on white paper, cut them out, and glue to complete the face.
I tied the yarn to the slats of the railing and just did some freestyle weaving down, around, over and back up to the railing. The yarn wouldn't stay on the pumpkin very well so I wound up taking a push pin, sticking it through several strands of yarn and then pushing it into the stem of the pumpkin. Once anchored, the yarn sort of stayed put. Here's the south side completely done.
When I had what I felt was enough "webbing", I took a spider and put her where I thought she looked the best. The sticks (legs) are bent and anchored to the webbing. If you have several web strands tied to your porch, those are the best place to anchor 3-4 of her legs. She moves with the webbing so when the wind blew, she stayed on the web and didn't blow off. I repeated the process for the north side of the front.
Spiders are much better than I'll ever be at spinning uniform webs, but it came out okay. You can see that my googly eyes don't show unless you're looking at the spider from the perspective of the pumpkin.
I have no idea how this will hold up in a rain or a stiff wind so we'll see. I'll just need to watch this the rest of the month and see how it handles the weather.
If I have to make more spiders, I think I'll change the location of the smaller ball in relation to the larger ball. If it's placed at an angle, then the googly eyes would show. If you wanted, you could stick the free end of the legs into the pumpkin and have your spider on the pumpkin. Here's the effect on the front.
It's just enough decoration for me. After Halloween, I have plans for those pumpkins. These are not the pie kind. We'll see how soggy they are on November 1st.
I hope you found this interesting and if someone tries this, I'd love to see your photos of the finished product. Happy decorating.
Supply list: pumpkins
1 package large styrofoam balls - rough finish
1 package small styrofoam balls - smooth finish
1 package black chenille sticks
1 package googly eyes
1 small can black spray paint
1 skein white fuzzy yarn
2 push pins
Elmer's All-purpose glue
Newspaper to cover the work surface
Beverage: Dr Pepper
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