spet-by-step directions to make a simple tarantula

Tarantulas are poisonous, big spiders, used in Halloween decorations for their bad reputation. We realized that one you can see in the photos with waste material, voile paper and cardboard. Minimal costs and easy work. So easy that even a child can do it. And just because this DIY idea is dedicated to them, we refined this monstrous spider with a couple of cute little eyes.

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Handmade tarantula spider
  • 2 thermal polystyrene bowls for ice-cream with different size
  • Black watercolor
  • Black voile paper (rice paper)
  • Red voile paper (rice paper)
  • Black Bristol cardboard
  • Liquid glue
  • Hot glue
  • 1 long toothpick
  • Blank sheet of paper
  • Black marker
  • Transparent adhesive tape
  • Scissors
  • Little brush
  • Difficulty:
  • Time:
    2 hours plus time to dry watercolors and glue

This DIY idea for your children is also instructive because they can observe spider structure (look for some pictures on the internet) and count their legs. Furthermore it is educational from environmental point of view. Thermal polystyrene bowls for ice cream can be reused instead of going into the trash!
We can not be more precise about the amount of black rice paper (voile paper) because everything depends on the size of your bowls for ice cream. We used a little more than half a sheet (size: 70x100cm - weight: 25 grams).
Hot glue is not necessary but definitely shortens assembly times.

How to make a tarantula spider with waste material and paper.

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Black-painted bowls for ice cream
  • - Use clean and dry bowls.
    Color them externally and on their edge with back watercolor.
    Let them dry very well.
  • - Tear off black rice paper into small pieces, using your hands.
    Apply liquid glue with a brush here and there on the surface of your bowls and paste all pieces of rice paper on a single corner of theirs, overlapping them. This step will result in a coverage as you can see from the pictures.
    Let all dry well.
    Use black marker if you have forgotten to paint a few pieces.
  • - Prepare tarantula legs. Theu must be 8.
    Cut out narrow rectangles from black Bristol board, proportionate to your ice cream bowls. Look at the photos for more details.
    Roll them tight and secure them in three points with transparent adhesive tape.
    Prepare two much shorter rectangles to be fixed on the front end of tarantula body.
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Tarantula body pieces
  • - Unite the two bowls with hot glue and reinforce their junction point with a long toothpick.
  • - Do three partial cuts on each leg, using scissors) so you can articulate everyone.
    Paste pieces of red voile paper on the points covered with transparent adhesive tape. Remember to tear them off using your hands. In this way you can hide adhesive tape.
  • - Glue tarantula legs using hot glue. Remember they must be placed around the smaller part of spider body and must accompany its form.
    Look at the photos for more details.
  • - Form two stripes on the front of tarantula body with red rice paper.
    Cut two circles for tarantula eyes from a blank sheet of paper and draw in the pupils.
    Apply them with a drop of glue on the stripes.