Spiders and Webs Wreath Trio
sizes: spider, 32”x18”; wreath, 12”
- FloraCraft Make it: Fun Foam: Wreaths, two 16”, 12”; Balls, three 1”, four 1-1/2”, 2”, 5”, 8”
- White decorative mesh
- Floral pins
- White yarn
- Black chenille stems, 24
- Acrylic rhinestones
- Wiggle eyes
- Craft sticks
scissors, black marker, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)
- FloraCraft Make it: Fun Foam Cutter
- Heat tool
- Saw with 10” blade
- Acrylic paints: black, purple
- Purple glitter
- Low-temp glue gun and sticks
- 1. Position 12” wreath on work surface. Position edge of one 16” wreath over edge of 12” wreath. Use marker to outline edge of 16” wreath onto 12” wreath. Remove 16” wreath. Use foam cutter to cut out outlined portion of 12” wreath. See Photo 1 and Photo 2. Adhere wreath in place at bottom of 16” wreath. Insert craft sticks between two wreaths before adhering for secure hold. See Photo 3. (see photos)
- 2. Adhere end of yarn to side of 16” wreath. Wrap yarn across front of wreath, around back side of wreath, and back again to starting point. Continue wrapping yarn around wreath four more times, having each wrap fan out from starting point. Cut yarn and adhere end. Adhere end of yarn to side of wreath. Wrap yarn across front of wreath around existing wraps of yarn to create yarn web. Repeat process to add yarn webs to 12” wreath and other 16” wreath. See Photo 4 and Photo 5. (see photos)
- 3. Cut 1-2/3-yd. length of decorative mesh. Gather end and pin to top of 16” wreath. Loosely wrap mesh down left side of wreath and across front where two wreaths meet, then down opposite (right) side of 12” wreath. Pin mesh again at bottom of 12” wreath, leaving leftover tail to hang from bottom of wreath. Repeat with second 1-2/3-yd. length of mesh to cover opposite sides of wreaths, crisscrossing mesh at center where wreaths meet. Repeat this step using shorter piece of mesh to cover other 16” wreath in same way. See Photo 6. (see photos)
- 4. For large spider, use 8” ball and 5” ball. Cut 8” ball and 5” ball in half using saw. Set aside 8” and 5” half-ball for future project. Lay half-balls on table with cut side down. Cut small slice off side of each half-ball. (Note: This is where head will connect to body.) Roll each side of 8” half-ball on table, pressing firmly to create oval body shape. Repeat to give oval shape to 5” half-ball. Adhere head to body. Insert craft stick between two parts before adhering together for secure hold. Repeat this step using 2” half-ball for body and 1-1/2” half-ball for head to create another spider. Repeat this step to create smallest size spider using 1-1/2” half-ball body and 1” half-ball head. Paint all spiders black and let dry.
- 5. Paint purple diamond shape on large spider’s back. While still wet, sprinkle with purple glitter. Let dry.
- 6. For large spider, twist two chenille stems together to create one leg. Repeat to make eight legs. Insert one end of each leg into front of body where head and body meet. Bend stems to create leg joints; adhere rhinestone to top of each foot.
- 7. Adhere eyes on large spider. Cut two 2” lengths of chenille stem, bend slightly, and adhere into front of mouth for pinchers.
- 8. For smaller spiders, cut chenille stem in half and bend half-stem in half. Adhere folded end of stem half into body of spider for two legs. Repeat to create eight legs for all spiders. Bend stems to create leg joints; adhere rhinestone on each foot.
- 9. Adhere spiders on wreaths.
- 1. Experiment with fuzzy chenille stems to create creepy tarantulas.
by Dondi Richardson for FloraCraft