Learn how to make a beaded spider. Add to a scary Halloween scene or hang your Christmas spider on the tree! A simple DIY craft tutorial idea.
So I am a little surprised with myself for sharing this craft with you today because I absolutely hate spiders. They scare me to death. In fact, I am working on training all of my kids the skill of killings spiders so I don’t have to do it. BUT I think beaded spiders are so cute! I know it doesn’t really make sense, maybe it’s because I know it won’t sneak up on me and eat me in the middle of the night.
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- Round Nose Pliers
- 20 gauge wire
- 56 – 4 mm black bead
- 48 – #5 black beads
- 16 – 6 mm red bead
- 1 – 25mm red bead
- 1- 12mm black bead
- 2 – small metal bead caps
- 2 – large black bead caps
- 1 – 3-inch headpin
To start, you want to make sure that the wire will fit through the beads that you will be using.
Cut 4 pieces of wire about 10-12 inches in length each.
At the 1 end of each wire, you will need to place a small loop. This will make it so the beads won’t slide off the end of the wire.
To do this, I pinched the very end of the wire with my round nose pliers and wrapped the wire around to create a small circle.
With each wire strand, you will want to repeat this pattern. This is going to be the legs of the spider. String the beads all the way so they are tight against the loop you made in the wire.
After all four wires are strung with the same bead pattern I made sure the legs were good and even and clasped them tight with my round nose pliers. (This part is a little tricky. As you can see in the kinky ends of the wires I had to do this a couple of times before I was happy with the results.) Hold tight with the pliers and do a twisting motion with the legs. You want a nice a tight twist like shown in the second picture.
Next, comes the body of the spider. I started making the head to the spider by putting the headpin through 1 small bead cap -> 12mm black bead -> 1 small bead cap.
I poked the headpin in between the wires that were already twisted for the legs.
This step is another tricky step where 3 hands would come in useful because I didn’t want the headpin to fall out of the twist. So I held 4 wires a little bit further down the strands and twisted some more. (sorry for the blurry picture but I think it still gives you the idea of what it should like.
Add the large bead cap -> 1″ red bead -> large bead cap -> 1, 4mm black bead to the end of the headpin for the body of the spider.
Here I did a wire wrap loop to keep it all secure and together. If you aren’t sure how to do that click on the link for the tutorial.
My cute little spider is coming along, but he isn’t quite finished yet. He needs 4 more legs!
Using the same pattern as before, string the beads onto the wire for the other 4 legs.
When all beads are on push them as tightly to the body of the spider as you can and do another wire loop and trim off the excess wire.
When all legs were finished he looked like this. Like a spider, but a sad and flat spider.
Gently bend the wires at the first joint closest to the body to make it look like he is standing.
See isn’t he cute? I know you want one now too!
While this spider fits perfectly for Halloween but did you know there is a legend of the Christmas spider too? It’s why we put tinsel on our Christmas Trees. You can read the story here.
So where are you going to put your spider? In a scary Halloween scene, hang it from your Christmas Tree or both? Share and leave a comment below.
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