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Afraid of spiders... this is a craft for you!

Updated on October 3, 2013

Why are People Afraid of Spiders?

Spiders are one of the most highly feared animals in the world. Fear of spiders, known as arachnophobia, is one of the most common phobias, with many people seeing doctors to help them control their terror.

Why are spiders so scary? There are a few different theories behind this widespread and irrational fear, but researchers tell us that the real reasons are simple matters of science.

Color

Spiders, with a few exceptions, are dark in color. Through our combined experiences over the centuries, we've come to associate bad things with dark colors. The earliest example is the fear of nighttime. In ancient times, without the benefit of artificial lights, our ancestors had no way of knowing what was coming at them in the dark. They could be attacked by wild animals or other people, or they could become hopelessly lost if they wandered too far from home.

Even though we now have lights to guide our way at night, this fear is hard-wired into our brains from years of collective experiences. In addition to fearing the dark, a small part of our subconscious (in many people) fears anything dark in color.

Shape

For reasons that scientists still don't fully understand, humans are 'programmed' to prefer soft, rounded shapes over hard, angular ones. Spiders, with their long, angular legs, reach deep into our minds to activate this fear.

Movement

Spiders move very quickly, and they tend to avoid humans. While they're actually avoiding us because we frighten them (imagine that!), our minds interpret this 'sneaky' behavior as a threat. When we see something scuttling across the corner of our vision, our instincts tell us that whatever that fast-moving shape might be, it's up to no good.

Overcoming the Fear

A non-threatening way to overcome a spider fear is to simply learn about these beneficial creatures. Spiders' biggest gift to humans is their appetite – they eat mosquitoes and many other insects that can spread disease and generally make life unpleasant. Without spiders, the planet would literally be overrun by insects in a very short time. Instead of fearing these helpful arachnids, we should actually be giving them a big thank-you!

And what better way to learn about spiders than through a fun craft activity?

Simple Spider

Cut a cell of an egg carton. Trim the edge of the cell to form a
small "bucket".

Paint the cell in black. Let dry.

Cut two pipe cleaners into four pieces to obtain eight small pieces that will form the legs of the spider.

Insert the legs into small holes that you make on each side of the cell with a needle or small sharp scissors. With a glue gun, glue the legs in place inside the cell.

Bend the legs of the spider. Glue googly eyes on its face.

Note : for a fancy spider decorate the body and the legs with glitter. Just put some white glue in the desired areas and sprinkle with glitter.

Hairy Head Spider

Start out as for the simple spider above, but instead of gluing the eyes directly on the egg carton cell, glue a pompon on one side of the cell to form the head of the spider.

Glue the googly eyes on the pompom.

If you want, you can add a dot of red paint to represent the nose.

Sophisticated Spider

Separate the cells of the egg carton. Cut the edges of two cells to form small "cups".

To create the body of the spider, put white glue on the edge of one of the cells.

Then, glue the two cups together so that the edges match as closely as possible.

Glue the styrofoam ball to the body of the spider.

Paint the body and the head of the spider. Let dry.

Cut 2 pipe cleaners in half.

Then, twist the 4 pieces of pipe cleaner in the middle to form the eight legs of the spider.

Glue the crossing of the legs between the head and the body of the spider with a glue gun.

Cut two small pieces of pipe cleaner and insert them in the front of the styrofoam ball to form the mandibles of the spider.

Bend the pipe cleaners to give them a characteristic shape of spider legs.

Glue googly eyes on the spider's face.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hmm this is one of my favorite the spider looks so perfect to scare someone. Creepy crawlies are creepy. Your perfect ideas always so creative. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I am sure kids will love to create them. May be some spots of colour that shines in the dark will give them a more creepy look :-)

      Thanks for visiting, Crafty!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      That's a perfect craft for this time of year! Kids will surely have a fun time creating these!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks for your comment! I am not too crazy about spiders in my house but outside they are so important in the ecosystem!

      Thanks for visiting my hub and I am happy to follow you too!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      This was a Cute, Educational Hub "Kidscrafts"...Loved your Spider. But I have to say, I'm not Afraid of Spiders, and have written a Fun Hub about one. BUT, I could do without seeing one in my House!

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you! I gave a Halloween workshop last Saturday and the kids could choose to create different projects and they all choose to do one of the spiders :-)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Cute, cute spider craft! I'm bookmarking this for next year for sure :) Thank you for sharing!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comments. I just made some yesterday myself in a workshop with kids and they just loved them!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Awesome! I love recycle, reuse ideas. The directions are easy, i may need to make some of those spiders. Thank you for sharing your holiday craft idea.