How To Make A Light Bulb Spider

by The Helpful Hardware Folks

Whether you’re thinking of replacing light bulbs or have some that have burnt out, you can put your unwanted bulbs to good use. This creepy Halloween decoration is a fun and creative way to dress up your home this fall.

Gather up your simple supplies because this decoration can be completed in just minutes!

 Supplies:                                     

 Prep:                                     

  • Make sure the lightbulb is unplugged from light fixture.
  • Clean light bulb of dust or debris so spray paint can adhere.

Directions:

  • Start by unrolling about 8 inches of wire from the spool and use the wire cutters to cut from the spool.
  • With the light bulb on a sturdy surface, start by placing wire below the largest end of the bulb. Pull the wires towards you and make a crisscross motion.
  • With the wires crisscrossed, flip the bulb so the wire legs are on the ground. Ensure that each side of the 2 wires are touching the table you’re working on. The goal here is to make sure the 8 inches of wire you selected are long enough for the bulb you are working with.
  • If the original 8 inches of wire is too long, use the wire cutters to trim it down so each wire side, which will be the legs, are on the table. If the wire sides for the legs are too short, add on the additional wire you need and cut a new strand.
  • Once you have your master length, you will need 4 total strands of wire. Once crisscrossed you will have the 8 legs you need for your spider.
  • Now it’s time to make the legs which you’ve seen a sneak peek on how to make when we found the length required for your light bulb. Again, go to the largest part of the bulb and place the write below the bulb and pull the wires towards you, but criss-cross them tightly against the bulb.
  • At the point of the crisscross add a small drop of glue from the glue gun** to secure the wires to the bulb.
  • Continue the process with the remaining 3 wires, placing each wire apart from the next to spread them out like a spider and add the drop of glue.
  • Once the glue has cooled, turn the bulb with the wire legs down. Any wires that are too long should be cut with the wire cutters so all legs are the same length.
  • Next, it’s time to spray paint** the spider in an open air area*. Place the spider on a surface with either a drop cloth, cardboard, paper, etc. to avoid the over spray from getting on something you don’t want it to.
  • Take the spray paint and do short swipes across the surface ensuring you get all of the bulb and legs covered with paint. You may need to come back after 30 minutes to get the bottom of the spider with spray  if you don’t get it the first time spraying.
  • Let your spider dry 1 to 2 hours to fully set before adding to your spooky setting.

*Always use spray paint in open air areas. **Read label of spray paint for proper safety precautions

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Published: 9/23/2020

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