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Black Spider Craft




  • For the Frame: Precut chicken wire
  • 10-inch-long 1-by-2 piece of wood
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Work gloves
  • Wire clippers
  • Two 3-inch wood screws (for attaching the head)
  • Roll of black electrical tape
  • Scissors
  • Black cable ties
  • Black tinsel garland
  • For Filling Frame: Box of garbage bags
  • Martha Stewart glitter set, black, red and crystal
  • Martha Stewart craft glue
  • Martha Stewart glitter glue
  • Latex gloves
  • Press-on nails (for teeth)
  • Red rhinestones (for eyes)
  • Hot-glue gun and hot glue


  1. Step 1

    Precut chicken wire into a 24-by-30-inch octagon. Prepaint a 10-inch-long 1-by-2 black. Place the 1-by-2 in the center of the chicken wire.

  2. Step 2

    Fold chicken wire over wood and staple sides down to secure, making inverted tucks at the corners. Form wire into a rounded loaf shape. Screw in two 3-inch wood screws halfway at one end of the 1-by-2; these will be used to secure the head later in the craft.

  3. Step 3

    Cut 4 pieces of 1/8-inch armature wire to 4 feet long. Precut 6-by-6-inch squares from black garbage bags, using about 12 bags.

  4. Step 4

    Wrap armature wire with black electrical tape. Secure sets of legs with cable ties on chicken-wire frame, straddling the 1-by-2.

  5. Step 5

    Flip spider body over and spray with adhesive. Insert precut garbage-bag squares in cage holes with the eraser end of a pencil. Wrap black tinsel garland around the wire legs and shape legs.

  6. Step 6

    Using a melon baller, scoop out a scary smile and shape with your fingers to form the mouth in the Styrofoam ball. Coat the Styrofoam ball in glue and use black glitter for the face and red glitter for inside of the mouth.

  7. Step 7

    Coat press-on nails with glue and cover in crystal glitter. Force teeth in mouth with a dab of glue. Hot glue plastic red rhinestones in place for the eyes. Place hot glue on wood screws and attach head to body.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2007



Reviews (3)

  • EasyCraftsNut 13 Oct, 2011

    Using this as an idea to make giant spider, adding the cheesecloth web to dress up outdoor Trapozoid tree for Halloween.

    Thanks MS Crafts for ideas

  • Samantha500 15 Oct, 2010

    I couldn't find the right size armature wire in my area. Best online price I found was at Blick Art Materials. Instead of standard electrical tape I used 3M Temflex. It is rubber splicing tape so it is thicker (great look) and not sticky. One 3/4" x 22' roll did it all with some left over. I found it at Fastenal.

  • Pili 9 Oct, 2008

    I made two spiders but half the size of the one Martha and Rosie made on the show. They look great and everyone likes them. My mother says they are scary but fun. I enjoy looking at them! Thanks Martha!