Halloween is a time of ghost’s that line your driveways, witch’s that hang on your doors, pumpkins with silly faces, and giant garbage bag spiders that sit on your lawn. With these easy to follow directions, you can turn the chore of having to rake up leaves from your yard into a fun art project that will make for a great addition to the Halloween season.
To begin, you will need to gather the necessary materials that are required for assembling your garbage bag spiders. You will need black garbage bags (any brand that you want), leaves (which you are sure to find in your yard), some black rope or string, and Elmer’s glue. Also, if you would like, there are sticky Halloween eyes that are made for your windows, but they are large enough to fit the eyes for your garbage bag spider and can be found at any supply stores like a Wal-Mart, or even a local drugstore might carry some.
First, you will need to gather your leaves from the yard. Take one black garbage bag and begin to stuff the bag with the leaves you have raked. Be sure that you don’t stuff the bag to the point of it bursting or being easily torn, but just enough so that the body of your spider looks plump. At this point in time, you can add your eyes if you have purchased them, or simply leave the spider body without them.
Next, you will begin making the legs, which are four on each side. These can be stuffed it you like to add a more plump effect, however they are going to be rolled into long tube like objects. Stuff the eight garbage bags with leaves, and lay the bag out flat, making sure that all of the leaves are to the far end of the bag. You will then wrap the bag over on itself, taking the mouth end of the bag and wrapping it around the section of the bag that has the leaves.
Once you have stuffed each of the eight legs for your spider, you can get the black rope, tie it at one end of the bag and then begin to wrap the rope around the entire length of the leg. Leaving out spaces of course, meaning, you won’t be wrapping the rope around every piece of your spider leg, simply wrapping it in a swirly like motion down the length of the spider leg so that the rope doesn’t cover the entire leg.
Lastly, once all of your legs are assembled, you can then glue them onto your spider’s body. Don’t be stingy on the glue because it may take quite a bit for your legs to remain intact. If you would prefer another method to keeping your spider’s legs intact, then by all means go for it.
Now that you have assembled your spider, and allowed for the glue to dry, you can decide whether or not you want to give him a bow tie, or a hat, or anything else that you might want to add. The spider is there, it’s up to you to give him personality. With these easy to follow step by step directions to making a garbage bag spider, you can enjoy a festive decoration for Halloween as well as a fun motivational way to want to clean up your yard of leaves!