giant foam fabric spider

Giant Foam & Fabric Spider

In my effort to decorate for holidays like I used to, I finally got the outside of our home ready for Halloween! It is simple but I am super happy with how it came out- check out our large spider web and my giant foam and fabric spider just hanging out on top. I love it! Plus, for the most part I was able to use materials I had on hand!

I got the idea for the spider from the Make It Fun Crafts Halloween Magazine and the best part- it is a FREE PDF download! Check it out HERE! In the magazine they made a giant ghost (top right on the cover below) but I used the same materials and method and turned it into a spider. I will probably have to go back and make a ghost too because it is pretty adorable.

Here is what you need:

  • 1.5 inch sheet Make It Fun Foam
  • .5 inch sheet Make It Fun Foam
  • Foam Cutter
  • Varieties of dark fabrics (remnants and/or fat quarters)
  • Foam Tools
  • Floral Pins
  • Googly eyes

I started out with the 1.5 inch sheet of foam and roughly drew a circle with a marker. It doesn’t at all have to be perfect, unless you are the type of person who needs it to be perfect. I free drew it because it is Halloween so you have some wiggle room and it will be covered with fabric so you won’t know if it is a little off anyways.

Once it is cut out with the Make It Fun Foam Cutter, I grab an assortment of black and gray fabric and started cutting 1 inch by 3 inch strips.

Next, I used the Tuck & Scribe Tool to poke all the fabric into the face of the foam circle, not the sides as of now because you will need to add the legs in first.

For the legs I took a .5 inch sheet of Make It Fun Foam and a piece of scrapbook paper on an angle. I then took a pen and drew from the half way point on one side to the half way point on the other side. I pulled the paper down and inch and did it again until I had 4 legs.

I cut these out with the Foam Cutter and repeated the process to make four more so I had eight total legs.

I covered these in gray fabric using the floral pins to secure them on either ends.

At this point, all that is left is to attach the legs to the body, for this I employed the bobby pin method. The best way to describe this is I put the leg up against the side of the spider and started by putting a pin into each side and the bottom, much like the way you would secure a bun with bobby pins. I promise it makes sense when you are doing it, it is all I kept thinking the whole time I was attaching the legs. Also true is that much like bobby pins, you can add too many floral pins.

After the legs are on, he (or she) just needs some eyes and he can go home to his web! I put this up on the side of my house with some simple rope. To secure him to the web I used quite a few more floral pins and just added them at every point the roped touched the foam.

That’s it! A fun and not scary decoration for the house that can be easily completed in one afternoon! How do you decorate for Halloween? Let me know in the comments below!


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