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Halloween decoration to make at home.
The door into The Scrap Box has been guarded for the past week or so by this unusual character. Don’t worry though! She stays near the sun-warmed brick hanging from a silk thread waiting for tasty insect snacks to come her way. You will be perfectly safe when visiting us!

A big spider guarding the entrance to The Scrap Box

click on the picture to see this lady up close and personal

A SPIDER sewed at night
Without a light
Upon an arc of white.
If ruff it was of dame
Or shroud of gnome,
Himself, himself inform.
Of immortality
His strategy
Was physiognomy.
~~ Emily Dickinson

A great friend of The Scrap Box recently emailed me a linkto some art made with empty toilet paper rolls. (click the picture to see for yourself.)This inspired me to think about all the wonderful heavy-duty colorful tubes we usually have in stock. Right now, there are lots of shiny black tubes, about 1¼ inch in diameter, ¾ inch long: perfect to make a spider.

toilet paper tube craft with paperclipstoilet paper tube craft with paperclips

Most of the toilet paper tube crafts one can find online make liberal use of glue. My real inspiration came with the realization that paper clips fit The Scrap Box tubes well enough to hold the rings together. By adding a bead, the paperclips lock into place when you slide them onto a pair of rings from the bottom. Click the above photos for a larger view of how they function.


This big spider (about 18-inches in diameter with the legs) took about 4½ hours to make: this is a project for an adult to make.

Notice a unique property of circles. Gather together a bunch of pennies. Place one penny down and arrange as many around it as you can. There will always be exactly 6.

The medium sized spider uses fewer rings and is about 10-inches wide. I made him in about 1½ hours. The legs are rings cut in half, then taped together.


The little spider is only ablout 3 inches wide. His legs are connected to his body by cutting opposite slits.

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