How to Make a Model Showing a Spider Making a Web

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Spider webs provide opportunities to learn about nature and science.

Many people think that spiders are insects, but that's not true. Spiders are arachnids, which are creatures having two body segments, eight legs and no wings or antennae. Spiders spin webs produced by their silk glands. The webs are strong, and designed to catch and eat their prey. Spider webs look intricate and detailed, but a typical spider can complete a web in less than a day. An average crafter can construct a model of a spider spinning a web in about an hour and for relatively little expense. The model can be used as an educational tool or science fair project.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrap lumber
  • Pencil
  • Cotton string
  • Small Styrofoam ball
  • Medium Styrofoam ball
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Craft glue
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Instructions

    • 1

      Draw a spider web on a piece of scrap lumber or wood board. Draw four intersecting lines. Start with two intersecting lines to form a cross. Draw two intersecting diagonal lines through the cross. Connect the intersecting lines at the center with a series of inverted arcs to form the web's center ray. Draw additional inverted arcs to create a net effect.

    • 2

      Apply glue to the spider web drawing. Working with a continuous spool of cotton thread, adhere the thread along the spider web drawing. Glue and adhere the cotton thread along each drawn line. Cut the thread and allow the glue to dry.

    • 3

      Make the spider by painting one small and one medium Styrofoam ball with black acrylic paint. After the paint dries, glue the balls together with craft glue. Cut eight equal pieces of black pipe cleaners. Apply a dab of craft glue to one end of each pipe cleaner and poke them into the medium Styrofoam ball for the legs. Glue the spider to the web with craft glue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply glue to the web in small sections at one time to avoid having it dry too quickly.

  • Insert a toothpick in one Styrofoam ball, add glue and poke it into the medium Styrofoam ball to create a more secure spider body.

  • Do not use hot glue on the spider body; it will melt the Styrofoam.

  • Wood glue can also be used to adhere the spider to the wood.

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