I think this is my favorite Creepmas craft yet. I spotted some lovely pine cone spiders from ZombiesWearingHelmets.com a couple years ago and finally got around to making some at the annual Halloween craft party. An image of them disturbed a friend of mine enough that I entertained the idea of gifting him some and thoughts of gifts led to thoughts of Creepmas and here we are. I wish my photography skills were up to capturing just how awesome these guys look in person. In lieu of quality, I've gone for quantity.
|The Whole Family|
Now is a good time to buy those cinnamon scented pine cones at the craft store. Around here it's the only time they carry the big ones.
The sticks are from the backyard, I baked them at 300 degrees for a half hour, to make sure they were completely dried out and to get rid of any unwanted creepy crawlies. Hopefully no real spiders were harmed in this craft, at least I didn't see any.
|Dad Full Body Shot|
|Dad Close Up. Notice His Webbing.|
I originally thought about flocking them and then I found this video that uses spray on texture, which I happen to have from a home improvement project. Following the video I first sprayed them with a light coat of white paint, and then followed with the spray texture. I didn't completely coat them, I wanted some of the natural brown to show. They also still had some fake cobwebbing from Halloween on them. I'm a little sorry I took most of it off, because I really like the cobwebs with the texture spray.
|Mum Showing Off Her Legs|
A quick note on what I learned while repairing walls. First use the low odor water based version. Even then it has quite the aroma. You know when you bury a body in the cellar but you forget to throw down some lime? Yeah, me neither, but the texture does have a weird putrid smell. Make sure to use it in a well ventilated area.
Also it's a splatter spray so block off anything you don't want coated. I hung my spiders from a shower curtain rod and then I taped a plastic sheet to the back and sides of the shower, and let the bottom flow over and cover the floor. Even then I managed to get some on the little bit of the shower that wasn't covered, but it wiped right off.
|Mum Close Up|
|Wee Little Guy|
You'll need something to manipulate the tissue paper, especially in some of the little crevices. I started using toothpicks and paint brush handles and then I remembered I have these Sculpey tools and I really liked using them for this.
|Wee Little Guy Close Up|
It's probably a little late to send out Creepmas cards, but maybe this for next year: