Decorate your yard for Halloween with a black trash bag tarantula. This makes a fun fall afternoon project. Fill the spider's body with yard waste, and then you can just throw away the bag or compost the leaves after the season has passed. Adult supervision required.
What You'll Need:
One 30-Gallon Black Trash Bag
Raked Leaves, Enough to Fill the Bag
Four Foam Swimming Noodles
One Can of Black Spray Paint for Plastic
Neon Orange or Yellow Paint
1” Wide Paintbrush
Brick Or Small Log to Use as a Weight
Two Yards of Nylon Rope
Bounty Paper Towels
Fingernail Polish or Acetone (Optional)
Scoop up armfuls of leaves and put them in the trash bag. When the bag is full, tie the open-end shut, leaving a tail about three inches long.
Spread the swimming noodles out on the ground. Shake the paint can and apply a generous coat of black paint to the noodles. Use a long, side-to-side, continuous motion while painting for an even coat.
Allow the paint to dry completely. If you get paint on your skin, put a few drops of fingernail polish on a Bounty paper towel and rub until the paint comes off.
Flip the noodles over and repeat the spray painting step to cover the underside and ends of the noodles with paint.
Run the rope around the center of one noodle and tie a snug knot. Put the next noodle against the knot. Tie the second noodle snugly to the first one. Pick up the tied noodles and tie the rope, really tightly, to the knot on the trash bag.
Tie the other two noodles snugly on the other side of the knot. This will put the tarantula's body in the center of the legs
Tie the brick or log to the top. Flip the trash bag tarantula over and gently press the bag down to shape the body.
Dip the paintbrush in the neon paint. Paint thick, oval "O" shapes, about three inches high, for the tarantula's eyes.
Spread the tarantula's legs out slightly by bending the noodles and scatter some leaves around, but don’t cover the legs.