Spider Marionette

spider-marionette

Growing up my dad had a bird marionette.  It was so fun to watch–but I never got to play with it because it would get tangled pretty easily.  So I have always wanted one!  And I finally put my craft skills to good use and made a Halloween Spider one!

My kids had a blast helping me put it together.  And we have done about 10 puppet shows with it (to the point where I think we need to craft up another marionette so our spider can have a friend!).

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam: (10) Balls (The sizes can vary depending on how big you want your spider…I just made sure my body was the biggest, then a couple sizes down for the head and 8 small size for the feet.)
  • FloraCraft Smooth Finish®
  • Black Pom Poms
  • Needle and Thread
  • Black Paint
  • (4) Paint Stirrers
  • Low-Temp Glue Gun
  • Googly Eyes
  • FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Connectors (or toothpicks)

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Instructions:

Start by cutting the large ball in half.  Then, I gave each ball a coat of smooth finish.

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Once dry, you can sand the balls for a smooth finish using sand paper if you wish, otherwise you can jump to painting all of the foam balls black.

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After everything was dry I made the legs!  Thread your needle and run it through the small ball then up through each pom (I used 12 pom poms per leg!).

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Each leg is attached to the body by bringing the needle up through the bottom of the large half-ball and out the side, spaced with a few inches in between.  I put a little glue over all the tied off threads to secure it and then painted over the glue so it blends in.  Once the legs were attached, I glued the head to the front of the body and added two wiggle eyes to the face.

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Once my spider was officially assembled…I needed to add the marionette part! I actually used 4 paint stirrers (painted black) and glued them together to make a star shape.

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Screw a foam eyelet to the top of the body.  Run a length of string through the eyelet and attach it to the paint stirrers.

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After the spider was hanging down from the center, I tied some thread to the each leg (about 4 poms up) and then tied each leg to an end of a paint stirrer.  (They actually have clear thread, but I couldn’t find any local to me. #smalltownproblems.)

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Your fun Spider marionette is ready to be played with!

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It’s kind of creepy watching it walk…but super fun to play with!!!

Happy Crafty Halloween!

kimbo

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