Today I have tutorials for Bell Spiders and Paper Pumpkins. These are so inexpensive to make, and so easy, AND tons o fun! The kids will love spending time with you and helping out.
First you’ll want to make a tube for the center of your pumpkin. This is great because it can vary in size. You could cut your paper in half either way, and roll it up, and staple it. You’ll want to make sure it’s wide enough to fit the strips of paper though. This is where you could also use your toilet paper roll and cover it with the orange paper if you’d like to do that.
Cut your strips about 3/4 inch – 1 inch wide. I did wider for one of the pumpkins, and we didn’t get as many strips of paper in it. You can play around with it though and see what you like. Put a piece of tape at the top end of all your strips.
You’ll want to cut a really, really thin strip of green paper. Then you’ll take a pencil, and wrap the green strip around the paper. Then let it fall off the pencil, and you’ll have a little curly piece of paper to go on the top of your pumpkin.
Big bells (when I went to the craft store there were TONS of Christmas things out and I was irritated because it wasn’t even close to Christmas … but it ended well, because I got these big bells to make these adorable spiders. It’s all about cross holidaying, lol).
Pipe Cleaner (I loved the puffy ones, they’re perfect for spider legs)
You’ll need to pain your bell black, and let that dry. It doesn’t take too long to dry. I only needed one coat as well, it covered really easily. With the pipe cleaners, bend them in the middle right where you twisted them together.
Then you’ll just bend them at the top. With the fluffy pipe cleaner, I just bent them between the fluffy parts. Then just bend them out at the bottom to make them little feet.
If you want, you can at ribbon or twine and hang them. These would be ADORABLE hung with orange ribbon on the door. My door is black though … so that wouldn’t work for me. Or, you leave them without ties, and put them on a mantle (like the picture at the top of the tutorial). Love them!