DIY Network

Halloween Decoration: How to Build a Giant Spider (page 2 of 2)

Try this beginner woodworking project to turn your front yard into a haunted graveyard.

More in Decorating

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Create the Body

Apply spray paint to both sides and edges of three of the body segments (image 1, below). Apply spray paint to one side, the edge, and a 3-inch wide strip on the other side of the fourth body segment.

Cut the base to length and apply spray paint to all but one face of the part. Position two body segments with the edges touching. Use a straight edge to position the parts flush with each other.

Apply construction adhesive to the unpainted face of the base (image 2) and attach using #18 x 1-inch wire brads.

Cut the head to size and shape, apply spray paint to the head, drill pocket holes in the head for 3/4-inch stock and paint the eyes on the head using white paint (image 3).

Place a couple strips of painter's tape on the body segment with the 3" wide strip and apply red paint to the unpainted area. Apply red paint to about half of the edge of the remaining body segment.

Assembly the Body

Position the head on the body segment with the red edge and attach using 1-1/4" pocket-hole screws (image 1).

Cut the spacers to width and apply spray paint to the faces and ends. Apply construction adhesive to the bottom edge of the spacers and position them. Use one of the legs as a guide for positioning the spacers to allow for enough room for the legs in the final assembly (image 2). Allow the adhesive to cure.

Apply construction adhesive to the top edges of the spacers and position the remaining body segments (a square will help in positioning the edges flush) and attach using #18 x 1 1/4-inch brads (image 3).

Finish Assembly of Spider

To test fit the project, place all of the parts and assemblies on a large work surface. If using a garage floor or driveway, place a drop cloth down.

One at a time, insert a leg through the body assembly and in between the spacers (image 1).

Attach one leg assembly at a time to the legs in the body assembly (images 2 and 3). Make any adjustments as needed in test fitting.

Note: Depending on the terrain, you may need to reposition the 45-degree elbows on the end of the legs that touch the ground so the legs will stay in place. Also feel free to rotate the legs as desired to enhance the look of the spider and give it the look as if it is in motion.

« Previous12Next »