DIY Black Widow Spider + $100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway

This DIY Black Widow Spider is the perfect Halloween craft for you to make with the kids!  Easy, fun, and festive!

This post brought to you by The Orkin Ecologist. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Tis the season for creepy crawlies!!  Once a year we celebrate all things creep, crawly, slimy, icky, and scary for Halloween.  Reece has always had a thirst for knowledge about animals.  He loves watching Wild Kratts, National Geographic, Animal Planet, etc.  If it’s a show with information for him – he’s on it!  One of the many things I love about Reece :)

He loves finding out about specific animals and insects and all those little factoids thrill him to no end.  I was excited to find out about The Orkin Ecologist where kids (and adults) can go to learn about all these liittle creatures that most of us try to avoid.

Reece and I set out to do a project together and I let him scour the site for a creature that he wanted to study and learn more about.  He chose the Black Widow.

The Black Widow is most definitely iconic and extremely interesting to Reece.  He has seen one in our backyard before and knows that he is to stay away, FAR away.  We made our own Black Widow – just in time for Halloween and also picked up some interesting facts along the way.

Here’s what we did…

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We started out with two styrofoam balls – one large, one small, black fuzzy sticks, googly eyes, red tap, and black duck tape.

First we taped the balls all over so they were completely black.  I started with cocentric circles but quickly realized it would be easier to cover the space as efficiently as possible using small strips of tape.

We used a wood dowel to connect the two circles creating the body of the spider.

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Next we twisted three black fuzzy sticks together to create one leg.  Repeat this 7 more times for a total of 8 legs.  The Duck Tape is pretty tough so we used scissors to poke a hole through the tape before inserting the legs.

To make the signature red hourglass shape of a Black Widow, I folded a piece of red tape back on itself and then cut it out in the proper shape.  Reece added the black dot that is frequently found on the hourglass.

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The boys were THRILLED with the results of our efforts and “Black Widow” has been carted all over the house with love :)  We are still looking for the best place to display our newfound friend but rest assured, she will be spooking any visitors we have on Halloween.

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Fun facts about Black Widows – this is what Reece thinks you should know:

  • Black Widow silk is known to be the strongest of all spider silk. 
  • Black Widows have 8 jointed legs.
  • Female Black Widows are easy to recognize by the red hourglass shape on their abdomen.
  • Black Widows will grow from 8-10mm long.
  • The female Black Widow is the most poisonous spider in North America.

Orkin creating “The Ecologist” site, to celebrate science and uniqueness of bugs and it will surely be a source of information for my curious little boys. Make sure to visit The Orkin Ecologist to help your little ones explore the science behind the insects.  It’s a great site for the both novice and experienced science lovers.

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  1. Sandy Headtke says:
  2. Sandy Headtke says:

    My comment is that I get an error message when I use the link to their page.

  3. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:
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  5. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    i like that the site has really good pictures of all the bugs

  6. Lisa Brown says:

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  7. Lisa Brown says:

    I checked out the site and learned that stink bugs are on the rinse in the US, and that they move indoors in late September and early October.

  8. It’s cool & education – I learned that stink bugs are on the rise in the US

  9. Jessie C. says:

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  10. Jessie C. says:

    I like the posts they share on the site, very informative.

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    pinned–http://www.pinterest.com/pin/400046379371336596/

  13. Mary Happymommy says:

    I looked at the site and I learned that just recently, a team of biologists from the University of Bristol, UK, discovered that the adolescent issus—a kind of planthopper—uses an ingenious system of natural gears on its legs to jump higher and faster than you could ever dream of.

  14. I like that this spider can’t bite me!

  15. I love love love this idea, my kids will have so much fun making this and then hanging it up in our webs throughout the house! Thank you

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  17. Wild Orchid says:

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  18. Kimberly Bauer says:
  19. The Orkin Ecologist comes up 500 Internal Server Error

  20. i can’t wait to make these spiders with the grandkids this weekend, thanks for the chance to win

  21. I like the cool pictures of the bugs and fun facts

  22. nancy bowers says:
  23. nancy bowers says:

    Ugh! A spider that is big enough to eat a bird!

  24. Love the spider!!!!

  25. My 4 year old loves bugs…will definitely be checking out this site!

  26. Amy Orvin says:
  27. My daughter and I enjoyed looking through the site. The link brought up an error, so I googled it.

  28. Amanda Sakovitz says:
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  31. I checked out the website and I love the Featured Bug Archive. Very detailed information and any bug lover can learn a lot!

  32. Lisa Kubin says:
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  35. I think its good information but i’m grossed out by looking at bugs!

  36. I think it has a lot of interesting stuff on there. However, the giant picture of a spider when you first open it is scary!

  37. stephanie says:
  38. stephanie says:

    the site has alot of pics of bugs

  39. I like all the cool pictures and detailed information about bugs. I learned a few new things while I was on the site

  40. I get an error message when I try to view The Orkin Ecologist site.
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  45. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Checked Out The Site! Love All The Fun Bug Facts!

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  50. Michelle S. says:
  51. Pretty interesting site. I learned crickets can sing and eat at the same time. :)

  52. Tiffany F. says:

    Pin to this great post: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/174584923028413100/. Thanks

  53. Oh I love their website! Soooo much to see on there! I love the Science Fair ideas for kids and the build a butterfly garden is so neat! I cannot wait to do that next spring!

  54. I pinned the spider-what a neat project!

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/562316703445144040/

  55. The Orkin Ecologist is a neat site. I agree with the rising stinkbug observation. They’re everywhere!

  56. Rebecca Parsons says:
  57. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I love this idea because it gives kids or really anyone a different look on them.

  58. Jeccica Simpson says:
  59. Cynthia G says:

    Very detailed and good pics of bugs

  60. judy gardner says:

    the orkon ecologist is packed with information! i love the section on the monarch butterfly as the featured bug of the month. i never think of butterflies as bugs!

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  62. I appreciate all of the informative info about bugs/pests they have on their site.

  63. Barbara Mc/Whenihave Time says:

    The link to my pin is http://www.pinterest.com/pin/335518240960641208/
    and thank you for the opportunity!

  64. Barbara Mc/Whenihave Time says:

    These are the things that nightmares are made from…..eeeeew!

  65. Sonya Morris says:

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  66. Betsy Barnes says:
  67. Betsy Barnes says:

    I found the The Orkin Ecologist a very interesting site, lots of facts and information that was really cool!

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  68. Stephanie Ann says:
  69. I think it’s both interesting and gross at the same time.

  70. The site has a lot of bug info and cool pictures!

  71. Awesome (and creepy) site!

  72. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love learning about interesting facts about bugs!

  73. Okay, I seriously had a hard time looking at the site. Creepy crawly!

  74. I like the fact that the site identifies so many different insects.

  75. Thomas Murphy says:

    The site is great! I like all the cool facts.

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