Black Spider
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Black Spider

Add a whimsical happy face to your Halloween décor with a fun and easy-to-make Black Spider using Rigid Wrap by ACTIVA®.

Designed by Carolyn Stearns for ACTIVA®

Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
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Material List

  • ACTIVA® Rigid Wrap, 4-inches Wide, 1 Roll
  • Styrofoam Ball, 5-inches diameter or Your Choice
  • Gold Artistic Wire, 18 gauge, 48-inches
  • Acrylic Paint, Black
  • Acrylic Paint, White
  • Acrylic Paint, Orange
  • Ribbon, 1/4-inch Wide Purple, 8-inch length
  • Needle Tool or Hand Held Drill with 1/8-inch Bit
  • Super Glue
  • Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer
  • Scissors
  • Water Bbasin
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paper Plate
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Ruler

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Please read and follow directions on the Rigid Wrap package, very important, do not dispose of water used to dip the rigid wrap down the sink, it will clog the pipes since it is plaster.

Step: 2

Cover your work area with plastic wrap.

Step: 3

Cut 4 strips of Rigid Wrap 16-inches long, and 10 strips 6-inches long.

Step: 4

Make The Eyes:
Take 2 of the 6-inch strips, dip them into water one at a time, roll into a ball press lightly onto the plastic wrap making one side flat so you can glue it to the body, do the same thing with the other strip.

Step: 5

Make The Feet or Shoes:
Take the rest of the 6-inch strips, dip them one at a time in water and shape them into a tear drop shape, these will become the feet or shoes. As you make them use a needle tool to make a hole in the top of the foot about ¼-inch from the pointed end of the tear drop, this is where the wire will be glued in. If you don’t put the hole in now you will have to drill it later after it dries.

Step: 6

Make The Body:
Take the 16-inch strips, dip them one at a time in water and wrap around the Styrofoam ball, smooth with your hands as you add more layers, keep adding the rest of the strips, and while still wet, push the eyes in place. If they are still wet enough they may stick with out glue. If they come off later, just glue them back on. Set aside to dry.

Step: 7

Paint the feet/shoes orange; paint the body and the back half of the eyes black. Paint orange dots all over the spider, highlight with a white stroke. Dot the eye black with the round end of a paint brush, dot again with white. Paint the nose and mouth white.

Step: 8

When paint is dry, use the needle tool to poke 4 holes in each side of the spider.

Step: 9

Cut 8 pieces of wire 6-inches long. Put a drop of super glue in the hole you made in the foot/shoe. Place a piece of wire in the hole and hold until dry. Repeat for all of the feet.

Step: 10

Bend the wire approx 3-inches up from the foot, making adjustments once all the legs are in place.

Step: 11

Put super glue on about 2-inches of the wire without the foot and push into one of the holes you made in the body. Hold in place until dry. Repeat for all the legs.

Step: 12

When they are all dry set the spider on a flat surface and bend the legs until he stands the way you like, some legs up, some down, make him look like he’s dancing.

Step: 13

Spray with 2-3 light coats of Acrylic Spray sealer.

Step: 14

Tie a bow with the purple ribbon and glue to the spider below the mouth.


Very important:Do not dispose of water used to dip the rigid wrap down the sink, it will clog the pipes since it is plaster.

Refer to photo to complete project.

Follow manufacturer’s direction for products used.