9.28.2010

How to Make Thistle Spiders

Wanna know how I made these cute little guys??


I made them with Thistles!


A weed that looks like this when you are driving down the road...


My mom and I picked a million in June when we were on a camping trip and I have been saving them ever since to turn them into cute little spiders!

The secret to fun spiders is to make sure they have long whiskers...
First - you need to cut them off at the base.


Then spray paint them black.
They are spiky so you have to change the direction and flip them over -
I leave them them a little bit brown because I think they look more spooky that way.


Then using black pipe cleaners...


And cut them into thirds for the smaller ones and in half for the bigger ones.


Next, using your hot glue gun add four little dots down one side...


... and push 4 of your cut pipe cleaners into the thistle.


Repeat on both sides.


Then bend down the side at whatever length you would like -
and you have your 8 legs!


Next pull your googly-eyes out of storage...


Glue on 2... and your done!


Use them to decorate all over your house -
I will have more ideas for them coming up in the next week or so! 




9 comments:

Amy said...

Thank you for posting this. I guess I know what I am doing this weekend. I am looking for thistles that I can cut and spray paint. I can't wait to have some of those spiders at my house.

Twins Squared said...

O.K., that is such a great idea! I would have never in a million year thought to do that! I love them.

Renee said...

I can't believe I am going to use the word adorable and spiders together, but these are adorable spiders! Thanks for sharing!

Maghann said...

Very cute Amanda!! You know how much I love me some great Halloween stuff!! Very creative!

Traci said...

pretty darn cute, although i don't think we have those things flowing down the roads here in ct. i will have to keep my eye out!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Growing up, We had Christmas ornaments made from thistles. I like your spiders much better though!

Suzy said...

Creepy! I'm not a spider fan, but even these are cute! Great use of thistles. I never would have thought of it.

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truckermomma said...

I used to hate those things, they would always get matted up in my horses tail. I have a ton of tips for getting them out of the hair but none for using them in crafts. Great idea!

Jeannie Clemens said...

When I first saw the photo, I thought they were Dust Bunnies! Very cute and smart idea.

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