Curly-Legged Spiders

By  Kathleen George  for  The Dow Chemical Company

size: 3"

  • Curly-Legged Spiders


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam: ball, 1”; egg, 2”
  • Colorful fabric, 5” square
  • Black jewelry wire, 8” lengths, four


  • Jewelry pliers
  • Bright acrylic craft paint
  • Bright-colored micro glitter
  • Black electrical tape
  • Adhesives: The Original Yes! Paste All-Purpose Stik Flat Glue; white craft glue; hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

  • wooden skewer, palette knife, craft knife, tall jar or container

Pattern - Curly-Legged Spiders

  • 1. Use serrated craft knife to slice off small pieces on side of 2" foam egg (body) so egg sits flat on work surface. Smooth cut edges with fingertips.
  • 2. Print out patterns. Cut patterns from fabric.
  • 3. Use palette knife to spread thin layer of Yes! Paste over top side of body. Smooth fabric oval onto pasted surface using fingers. Paste down fabric areas that overlap.
  • 4. Paint foam ball (head) bright-colored acrylic paint color of choice. (Note: Insert thin wooden skewer into bottom of foam ball to hold while painting. Place skewer in a jar as paint dries.)
  • 5. Spread thin layer of white craft glue over painted surface on head; sprinkle with glitter. Gently tap glitter into glue with fingertips. Let dry.
  • 6. Adhere head to narrow end of fabric-covered body using hot glue gun.
  • 7. Use jewelry pliers to twist wire ends into curls for legs. (Note: The wire lengths should now be about 6" long.) Tape four wires together tightly at center with electrical tape. Hold wires together firmly at taped center with one hand and bend each leg down to about 90° angle using pliers. Spread legs slightly apart. (Note: When finished, legs should sit flat on work surface like table with curly legs.)
  • 8. Adhere center of legs to underside of spider (so spider stands) using hot glue gun. Adhere remaining fabric oval to bottom of spider (covering leg ends) using Yes! Paste.