So for Spider Day each year, I make these fun creatures with my students.
For each spider, you'll need the following:
1 pipe cleaner for the body
12 beads for the body
4 pipe cleaners for the legs (I found animal print pipe cleaners one year at Meijer, and I've never turned back! The kids love them, and they make really cool spiders!)
Take the pipe cleaner for the body, and string 6 beads onto it.
Fold it in half.
Take the two ends of the pipe cleaner, and holding them together, string a bead onto both of them together.
Then, pull the two sides apart and string two beads onto each side.
Finally, take the last bead and put both ends through in opposite directions.
Pull to tighten it, and then take the two ends, twist them a couple of times, and cut off the excess.
You've now made the body of the spider.
Next, grab two of the pipe cleaners you're using for legs.
Place them under the spider's middle section. Grab the pipe cleaners, twist them together once, and lay the legs out to the side.
Next, turn the spider back over so that the top is facing you.
Take the remaining 2 pipe cleaners and feed them through the holes in the spider's body from the top, down.
Then, flip the spider back over on its back. Pull the pipe cleaners all the way through, and twist them a time or two.
Then, just arrange the legs so there are four on each side.
All that's left is to bend the legs....
...and trim the excess length.
Happy spider making!