Growing up my Grandparent’s home was in the desert foothills and their property backed to a wash. Outside of monsoon season the wash rarely had water moving through it; rather it had wild animals moving through it. Javelinas, Coyotes and the occasional Bobcat. None of which scared me.
There was a creature in the desert that did scare me. Like clockwork late summer year after year TARANTULAS would make their presence known. And they did not stay down in the wash. Those little suckers would scurry out of desert plants around dusk and stay up through the night. Their purpose was to scare me when I arrived home after dark. AND THAT THEY DID.
To this day I do not understand why it is that A SPIDER, something that is eons smaller than me has me squealing upon first sight. Meanwhile, wild animals do not intimidate me. There is no wash behind our current home and we are not surrounded by desert plants, however, THERE IS A SPIDER. A Long Legged Pumpkin Spider! And he is too cute to fear.
For this simple craft you will need:
a Mini Pumpkin
Black Pipe Cleaners
Paint the mini Pumpkin black. When the paint dries glue on the eyes then punch four tiny holes on each side of the Pumpkin to create Pipe Cleaner size leg sockets.
Cut eight Pipe Cleaners to preferred length for your Long Legged Pumpkin Spider’s legs then insert the Pipe Cleaners into their newly created leg holes.
Bend the Spider legs into place and there you have a Long Legged Pumpkin Spider ready to display and maybe even scare someone (like me). Happy Halloween!
More Fall & Halloween Ideas by Trish over here.