Quick & Creepy Hot Glue Spiders

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If you’re like Aleisha and me, you’ve been using hot glue guns to make crafts for years. They’re just so darn handy sometimes and who doesn’t love how fast the glue sets? So when I was challenged to come up with a craft idea using hot glue for the Craft Lightning, I figured I had that one in the bag. That was easier said than done, though, so I went to my crafty best friend and partner in crime for ideas. In no time, she came up with this simple yet genius way to make Quick & Creepy Hot Glue Spiders. Brava, Aleisha! And did I mention you can make one of these in less than 15 minutes? Yep, these spiders are thrifty, creepy, and quick to make.

Quick & Creepy Hot Glue Spiders DIY Craft Tutorial 1
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Quick & Creepy Hot Glue Spiders


Hot Glue Spiders Materials

Quick & Creepy Glue Gun Spiders Steps

1: Load up your glue gun and set the temperature to high. Once the glue is hot, squeeze out a quarter-sized disc onto the wax paper or glass. Add another layer on top of that and repeat until the body of the spider is the size you like.

Hot Glue Spiders Step 1

2: Now snap and bend 8 toothpicks without breaking them apart. These will be the spider legs. If any of them look weird or too jagged to be legs, just toss them and make more.

Hot Glue Spiders Step 2

3: Switch your glue gun to low temp. (Or just switch over to your low temp gun.) While it’s cooling down, poke your bent toothpicks into the spider body, four on each side.

Hot Glue Spiders Step 3a

Hot Glue Spiders Step 3b

4: Once the glue gun has cooled down, carefully squeeze a line of hot glue along the top of each leg. Let those cool completely. It should be pretty fast.

Hot Glue Spiders Step 4a

Hot Glue Spiders Step 4b

Hot Glue Spiders Step 4c

5: Flip the spider over and squeeze another line of hot glue along the bottom of each leg. Let that cool/ dry completely.

Hot Glue Spiders Step 5a

Hot Glue Spiders Step 5b

Hot Glue Spiders Step 5c

6: While the spider is on its back, paint it black. Once the glue is dry, flip it back onto its feet and paint the top areas black. Let that paint dry. The paint should dry pretty quickly, too. Spray paint should dry really fast as long as you don’t spray it on too thick.

Hot Glue Spiders Step 6

That’s it! These Quick & Creepy Hot Glue Spiders turned out so well I think. They look pretty realistic for being made solely from toothpicks and hot glue. Aleisha pointed out that you can even leave some of those dreaded hot glue strings attached to the spider legs to look like webbing, which is such a great perk. You could also take some red or white paint to dot on some creepy spider eyes if you wanted. She said that they’re pretty lightweight, so they’d be easy to position in spider webbing for your Halloween decorations, too. So what do you think, would you try to make one of these Hot Glue Spiders?

Hot Glue Spiders Complete

If you love creepy spider Halloween decorations, you’ll definitely want to check out my Ghastly Spider Egg Door Decoration.

And if you are looking for as many spider projects as you can find, All Free Holiday Crafts has pages and pages of awesome crafty ideas!

As I mentioned above, this project is part of a Craft Lightning Challenge where we’re challenged to make a hot glue craft that takes 15 minutes or less. Be sure to visit our crafty hosts above to see some other some other amazing crafts you can make with hot glue!

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Quick & Creepy Hot Glue Spiders DIY Craft Tutorial 2

3 thoughts on “Quick & Creepy Hot Glue Spiders”

  1. How the HELL did you secured toothpicks in place? Mine are all falling to the side when I try to put glue on them… Now my spider looks like it was stepped on, not very creepy.. Help?

    1. Hello, You let the hot glue blob made for the body cool off and harden before you poke/ stab the toothpick legs into the body. The hardened hot glue will still be soft enough for the sharp toothpicks to stab into it. Then once all the legs are in, you secure them by adding a little low temp hot glue to the base of each leg where it is stabbed into the body. Does that make sense? With the nature of hot glue not necessarily being super rock hard when it cools, the legs will end up slightly movable when your spider is done. This can be a good thing for when you’re posing and positioning it, though, I think. I hope this helps!

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