These foil art spiders make for a fabulous Halloween craft or are perfect to make alongside a study on spiders. Just like real spiders, they have 8 legs although our foil art spiders are considerably cuter! This is a great spider craft that kids of all ages will enjoy that is made and completed with basic materials that you possibly will already have at home.
Today was one of those days where things haven’t gone my way but looking on the bright side I now have some extra tips for you…
Firstly don’t use non-stick aluminum foil. Normally I have both types of foil but I ran out of the regular aluminum foil (or as we call it in our home, Tin Foil) so used the non-stick variety. The Sharpie pens did not draw onto this foil very well SO a trip to the shop and recovering the spider bases followed.
We started out using thick cardboard from a large box as this is what we normally prefer when doing foil art. The problem was that this cardboard was a tight fit for our hole punch so it tore the aluminum foil as I tried to remove it from the spider’s body. This is an easy problem to solve, either use thinner cardboard, punch the holes in before you cover with foil and use a pencil to re-pierce, recover or just ignore it if a small amount of foil comes away as chances are the pipe cleaners will cover it anyway. We did some using thinner cardboard which worked perfectly as well as recovering the thicker ones which I had to do anyway due to using the wrong foil!
Finally, if you have a cake in the oven while crafting make sure to check on it! That’s right, our nice afternoon tea cake comes complete with a burnt top, eek. Nothing that slicing off the top and covering in a bit of cream won’t fix.
Interested in spider facts? Scroll down to the bottom of this article to find the answers to all of your spider questions.
Foil Art Spiders
You Will Need
With just a few items you can create your own foil art spiders. It is best to get the spider bases set up before inviting children to make their spider. You will need:
- Glue Stick
- Hole Punch
- Aluminum Foil (not non-stick)
- Sharpie Pens
- Googly Eyes
- Pipe Cleaners
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How To Make
You will start by making the spider base. On your cardboard draw a rough circle/ oval shape. You can do this in any size you like. I did larger ones for the kids to start with as the larger size would keep them busier for longer and then smaller ones to complete after as our girls always love the small ‘mini’ sized crafts. The larger you go the harder it will be to get the spiders to standup and the more overwhelming they may become for younger children to decorate. About the size of an adult hand is perfect!
Cut your circle shape out and measure out enough aluminum foil to cover one side with a little extra overhang. Using the glue stick cover one side of the card with glue and then place this onto the dull side of the foil so the shiny side is showing. Fold excess foil to the back and glue down. Using the hole punch make 8 holes, this is where the legs will go.
Now for the fun part! Using the Sharpie pens create any design and color. I love seeing the designs our girls come up with! Kids are naturally so creative!
Once the spider base has been decorated with Sharpie pens stick on some googly eyes.
Pipe cleaners are used for the legs. Depending on the size of your base will alter how long the spider’s legs are. Maybe you will have a mini spider with long legs!
- Spiders are not insects but arachnids.
- Spiders have 8 legs while other insects have 6.
- Most spiders have eight eyes, but some have less.
- Spiders are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
- There are around 40000 different species of spider.
- An abnormal fear of spiders is called ‘arachnophobia’.
- Spiders lay eggs, and store them in an egg sac to keep them safe.
- Spiders spin webs to catch other bugs to eat, but not all spiders make webs! Some actively hunt their prey and pounce.
- Spiders have two body segments.
- Most spiders are not dangerous to humans.
- Male spiders are usually smaller than females.
More great spider facts can be found over at Kidzone.
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