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Spiders and I don't really get along. I have to confess (and apologize in advance to any spider lovers out there,) if I find a spider in my house it gets squashed…QUICKLY! So who would have thought I’d want a giant spider at my house? This trash bag spider is so cute I think we will get along just fine. Plus, my kids can rake up all the leaves making the spider. It's a two-for-one deal. Yay!!!

What you will need:

  • 18 large black trash bags
  • Raked leaves or crumpled newspaper
  • Black duct or electrical tape
  • 2 red plastic cups
  • White craft foam


Step 1: Fill two trash bags with leaves or newspaper. Fill the second trash bag just one-third full. Tie both bags shut. Turn the large bag upside down and then tape the smaller bag to it to make the spider's head and body.

Step 2: Put two trash bags on top of each other. Roll the trash bags up lengthwise to form a spider leg. Wrap the ends with black tape. Make joints in the leg by wrapping two sections with black tape. Repeat seven times to make eight legs.

Step 3: Use scissors to cut four small holes on both sides of the spider’s body. Slide one leg into each hole. Tape them in place with black tape.

Step 4: Tape two upside-down red cups to the spider's face, and cover the white rim with black tape.

Step 5: Cut two giant fangs out of white craft foam. Tape them to the spider’s face with the black tape by placing the tape along the edges of the fangs.

Thanks, Family Fun!