Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Orb of hatching spiders

You will need:
White glue
2 bowls
Plastic spoon
Balloon (I used 11 inch size)
Cheesecloth cut into 12 to 16 strips (3 x 18 inch)
Clear fishing line
Plastic spiders (I used 16 but wish I had bought more)

Empty the glue bottle into a bowl. Fill the bottle halfway with water, shake it to dilute any remaining glue, and add the contents to the bowl. Stir mixture well.

Inflate the balloon and set it aside in the other bowl.

Individually dip the cheesecloth strips into the glue, gently squeezing out the excess fluid.

Spread the strips flat on the balloon. Cover the balloon this way, leaving 3 or 4 small gaps and a 1.5" opening around the knot for tying the spiders on later. 

Let dry. I left mine to dry overnight.

Pop the balloon with a pin and remove it. 

Tie a loop for hanging the egg at one end of a long piece of fishing line. Near the top of the egg, insert the other end of the line through the cheesecloth, then reach inside and pull it out through a nearby gap and tie a spider to it. Gently pull the line back until the spider comes to rest against the egg, thereby securing the line. 

Use more fishing line to create strings f spiders. To tie them to the egg, thread one end of the line through the cheesecloth and out a gap, knot the line, and pull the knot back inside the egg. You can also attach more spiders directly to the egg simply by poking 2 or 3 legs through the cheesecloth.

Here is our finished product!