So when I was thinking about the #GetYourCraftOn Spooky craft challenge, that is running all this month on Instagram, I was struck with inspiration to use the same technique to make spiders: Not so Spooky Glittery Glue Gun Spiders.
They really are so simple too: black pipecleaners and black glitter, a few googly eyes and your trusty glue gun is all you need. Oh, and a cocktail stick. My craft supplies came from Zing Zing Tree- crafter, blogger and doyenne of the glitter world- who recommended two sizes of glitter to really catch the light. And she’s right: fine glitter is great for detail but the larger size glitter really sparkles.
To make these spiders, I recommend using greaseproof paper. Cut your pipecleaners- mine are 30cm long- in half and lay four closely together on top of the paper. Then add several squeezes of glue to the middle of your clutch of pipecleaners, and use the cocktail stick to encourage the glue into a circle shape.
Whilst the glue is still molten, sprinkle with a mix of your glitters until it is completely covered. Leave to cool.
Once cold, flip your spider over, and repeat the process on the other side**: more glue, a bit of cocktail stick action, then add a pair of googly eyes and smother with glitter. Leave for a minute to firm up enough for you to hold then try and run the outer edges around the glitter too to be sure it is completely covered.
And there you are. Not-so-spooky Cute Glittery Gluegun Spiders.
**If you want to hang up your spiders, you want to add a loop of ribbon, string or wire at this point. Rest on top of your half-finished spider then add the second batch of glue on top.