For most people fall is all about festivals and hay rides and craft fairs. I’m all about that, too! In fact, October is my favorite month because it’s like my annual kick off to happy. Sometimes we get rained out here in Florida, so I like to stay prepared with a box of craft supplies from the Dollar Tree. Today we laid out everything and just went to town.
With Halloween on the agenda later this month, we decided some spooky spiders were necessary to decorate the windows. My daughter, Gaia, loves little spiders and they were really simple for her to use a number of skills during our little activity time.
For the spider bodies we each went a different route. I decided to utilize some of the many toilet paper rolls we have piling up, and she decided to make him perfectly round with a styrofoam ball. (I love how the packs of styrofoam balls from the Dollar Tree include several sizes. It’s one of my favorite things to stock!)
We dug into my stash of acrylic paints to do the job, though you can use whatever you are comfortable with. Then we inserted the legs. As you can imagine, the styrofoam ball was simple. For the t.p. roll I used a safety pin to poke small holes and then a pen to make them bigger for the pipe cleaners.
I used glitter foam sheets to add a little face. And of course, googley eyes for everything!
We decided to hang them up above the window so they dangled when the shades were drawn and looked to be climbing when they were down. I just used a simple thread from ym sewing kit to attach the spiders to the wall above the window.
We didn’t stop there though. I also picked up some floral cylinders to make monsters using a costume feather boa (also at the Dollar Tree). I’m bad at math and didn’t realize that I could only make one feather monster. Luckily, Gaia is a genius and utilized some of our other materials to cover the foam and made her own monster.
I think hers is cuter.
If this rain ever stops we have a big day planned at a craft fair tomorrow. I’m sure I wont find anything as cool as what we made today, but I’m looking forward to getting out of the house. What keeps you sane on rainy days?
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