and cross it with something like this...
Well, first I got a headache from trying to think too hard about how to make a spider web. Then I just decided to wing it with some wire.
Not too bad, even though I didn't pay nearly as much attention to detail as Mr. Garden Spider did with his. Oh well, it wasn't an official competition. I conceded to his design, but I let him know mine was going to last a lot longer than his : )
I knew right away what I could make spider legs from, but the body of the spider proved a bit more challenging. Several trips rummaging through the sheds finally paid off. I never dreamed I'd be so happy someone actually saved a totally-worthless-for-its-original-purpose metal float. (I don't think it came from a toilet because it's pretty big)
But before I go any further, I must advise you NOT to use one of these when cutting up an old rake to use for spider legs...
Boy did I get a lecture when I said, "Honey, will you help me cut this rake? I'm not strong enough to cut it." The censored version of the response I received went something like this: "That's not a tin snip, that's MY NEW GARDEN PRUNER!!!! I sure hope you didn't try to cut metal with it..."
For your information and continued chances of staying married, here is a picture of a tin snip:
and I must add using the proper tools makes life much easier in so many ways : ) After bending the legs and poking slits in the float, it was instant spider.
Ethan was happy with my eternal spider, so I knew all the trouble was worth it!
"Grandma, this spider doesn't scare me!"
I'm thinkin' this is a nice little Halloweenish decoration for our place and I'm also betting it will make a nice little trellis come next spring, don't you?