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This project will add a real creep factor to your Halloween festivities. Spiders are as creepy as they come and these nests will have you and your guests' skin crawling. The best part is that they are super easy to make.
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To make spider nests, you'll need styrofoam balls, cheesecloth, straight pins, a pair of scissors, a ruler, spray starch, fabric stiffener and plastic spiders.
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Cutting the Squares
Cut the cheesecloth into squares measuring 4 inches by 4 inches. Speed up this process by folding the cheesecloth several times, then cutting the cheesecloth into strips. Complete the squares by cutting across the long strips.
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Starch the Squares (optional step)
Spray starch on the squares and press them to stiffen the fabric and make them a little easier to handle. Use medium heat so that you do not to scorch the starch with a hot iron.
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Start to Form the Nest Sections
Separate the layers of cheesecloth and lay out a square one thickness of the cheesecloth.
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Fold Squares Into Triangles
Fold the square into a triangle and hold at the doubled raw edge.
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Finish the Section
Fold the opposite corners into the point and pinch together forming a pocket or balloon like shape.
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Place Each Nest Section
Secure the point with a straight pin and place it into the styrofoam ball. Continue folding up cheesecloth nest sections and placing them into the styrofoam ball in a random pattern, covering the entire surface.
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Add a Hook
Open a paper clip and push it into the top of the styrofoam ball to use as a hanger. Spray the ball with a fabric stiffener if desired. Place small plastic spiders in the pockets and folds of the ball to give the look of a giant spider nest. Hang the spider nests in a conspicuous place.
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