We’ve had so much fun making these spooky spider plants this week! Aren’t they just perfect for Halloween?
I saw this fab nature craft idea on the Amateur Gardening website, and thought the kids would love to have a go. We did this craft outdoors, but it would work perfectly well indoors if the weather isn’t great.
Before we started, we gathered all the bits and pieces we would need; plant pots, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, compost, and little spider plants. The plants came from a larger spider plant that had sent out ‘runners’ with new little plants on them; if you don’t have these you could just use bigger pots and bigger plants.
We went for a black colour scheme, but I bet colourful pipe cleaners and plant pots would look brilliant too.
I made eight little holes in each plant pot (four on each side) for the legs. One long pipe cleaner makes two spider legs; you simply bend it in half, then poke it through two holes that are next to each other. Once it’s through, you can play around with bending it to create feet and knees.
Here’s how our pots looked once the legs were done.
Next, we filled each pot with compost and tapped it down lightly.
The spider plants went in next; ours were quite small, so we put 2-3 in each pot to give it a nice hairy effect.
We stuck the googly eyes on next – now I know most spiders have eight eyes, but the kids wanted to leave it at two!
The final step was to draw a mouth on the plant pot; we used a white chalk pen.
What do you think of our finished spooky spider plants? I like the fact that they combine gardening with craft, and are easy for kids to make and personalise in their own way. Will you be making some ready for Halloween?
If you’ve been crafting with nature lately, or would just love some inspiration, take a look at the ‘Naturally Crafty’ nature craft linky which I co-host for lots of ideas – and do share yours with us too.