Halloween Glow-in-the-dark Spider in its Web
Scare your neighbours, kids and trick-or-treaters…
The spooky and scary night of Halloween which falls on the 31st October is a growing tradition that kids just love! Dressing up as a ghoul, ghost, skeleton or vampire provides fun for everyone whether trick-or-treating for sweets or simply having a party at home with a carved and lit pumpkin at the centre of your feast! So, how do you decorate your house to give it the frightening look and atmosphere that you’re after? Simply follow our step-by-step guide and create the scariest giant spider in its glow-in-the-dark web you’ll ever see! All you need is your Dremel® Glue Gun and some special glow-in-the-dark hot glue sticks which are re-activated by light to make this spooky addition to your porch or window.
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You Will Need
To make the spider’s web
Cut a 70cm piece of the baking parchment and fold it in half lengthways. Make a mark on the folded edge approximately 3cm in from one end. Then measure 62cm along the fold from this first mark. At right angles from this point, measure in 17cm on the parchment and mark this. Then simply draw a line to connect the 3cm mark on the fold with the 17cm in mark using a straight edge and marker pen, as shown below.
Now, insert a 7mm Glow-in-the-Dark glue stick into your Dremel Glue Gun and set it on the high temperature. Turn the paper over and ‘pipe’ lines of glue along the long lines marked, repeating the process two or three times to thicken the lines and create a stronger result. Connect the long lines of glue by ‘piping’ the short curved lines in between, making sure the lines connect effectively where they meet. Repeat this process five more times to make a total of six web sections.
You need to end up with 12 sections, so place a section of web either side of another V drawn onto the paper parchment as before, matching the edges. Use more glue to ‘pipe’ the curved lines in between the two sections to connect them together. This will create the first quarter of the web. To complete your web, repeat with the other sections, then join the three larger sections altogether using the same technique of aligning the sections on either side of the original drawing and using more lines of glue to fill in the gaps. Your web should be complete.
Fit a Glow in the dark glue stick into your Dremel Glue Gun and set in on a low temperature. Use the glue to outline the abdomen of the spider, applying several lines together to add definition, as shown below. Outline the thorax/head section by applying more glue in an oval shape. Apply a line of glue along each feeler.
‘Scribble’ more glue onto the spiders abdomen and drop a short length of hairy yarn onto the glue, allowing it to fall randomly. Repeat the process to apply hairy yarn to the beginning of the head section, keeping it close to the abdomen.
To make the legs, cut the hooks off four coat hangers (each coat hanger will make a pair of legs). Find the centre of the lower bar and measure and mark points approximately 2cm either side of this point. Holding the coat hanger upside-down, use your hands or pliers to bend the wire at the points marked so that the free ends open out and form an M-shape with a 4cm wide straight section in the centre. Repeat with the other three hangers.
TIP: Metal coat hangers are perfect for making the spiders legs, but if you don’t have any available you can use any metal wire that is approximately 13 gauge.
Wrap all the pairs of legs in masking tape, sculpting the legs to shape and making them thicker as they approach the centre section. Use the thick marker pen to colour the legs black. Place the centre wire sections together so that they are aligned. Wrap a length of masking tape around the centre sections to bind them together securely, then colour the tape as before.
Hanging up your cobweb and spider
To hang up your cobweb and spider, use a staple gun to staple the ends of your web onto the corners of an outside porch or stick over a window.
Then open out a couple of paper clips and hook them through the knitted body of the spider, hooking the opposite ends of the paper fastener onto the web and tucking the legs on top of or behind the web to further support the spider as necessary.
Beyond that it is simply a question waiting for darkness to fall! Your web should automatically start to glow as darkness falls because it has absorbed daylight. It may only last for around 30 minutes at a time but you can reactivate it by taking pictures of it using a strong camera flashlight.