When I agreed to attach giant Halloween spiders as a decoration ON our house I don’t know what I was thinking, considering I have actual arachnophobia. I was grossed out every time I pulled up to our house after this project. But like all moms, I love watching my kids get excited about the holidays!
So if that means standing on my roof waving a glue gun while attaching giant spider decorations on the house, well at least it put a temporary smile on my middle schooler’s face, right??!
This was actually super simple and we did put the giant spider decorations on together after school in one day!
I am sure you can DIY the spiders. Once I started adding up all the materials and time it would take to make my own giant Halloween spiders, that idea went out the window. I also was imagining random pieces of the spiders blowing off the house in a strong gust of wind. I know my limits!
Giant Halloween Spiders
I wanted the absolute biggest spiders for the cheapest amount of money. The bigger, the more impact. The giant spiders off Amazon seem to sell out pretty quickly! I found these as the largest spiders available, with the spiders measuring 10 feet from end to end!
The body isn’t huge, and I contemplated making that bigger with black faux fur and something attached underneath. Again, too much work (see a theme here?).
Last year we did it again, because when do Giant halloween spiders get old? I liked it even better.
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Materials Needed To Put Giant Halloween Spider Decorations On Your House:
- Spiders: The largest on Amazon right now 10 ft Giant Halloween Spiders or these large body furry spiders from Target (Think about placement ahead of time!)
- Command Cord Bundler Hooks
The giant Halloween spiders arrive in a small box. Inside they all folded up, but look at how big this guy is right after I took him out of the box!
Yuck. I can just imagine it coming alive.
The spider arms are furry with bendable metal inside, which is great for attaching to your house!
If you have shutters on actual hinges, those are ideal! I was able to hang one up outside my garage windows by simply bending his legs over my shutter hinges.
That worked out well, but I needed something sturdy for the other spiders that would cling to the brick and siding of our house.
October 2023 Update: I’ve updated the way I hang the spiders, I highly suggest using Cord Bundlers! These wrap around the legs much easier. These are strong and stick to my brick and siding.
They won’t take paint off or leave any sticky residue, unless you leave them up for too long. Leave them on past Christmas and you might be in trouble! To remove, hold the bottom of the adhesive strips and slowly pull straight down – never out.
How To Attach Big Halloween Spiders To House and Roof
Of course this goes without saying, but it’s not worth risking your life standing unsafely on your roof to put a silly Halloween spider up! Please don’t be dumb.
- When you decide where to hang hour spiders, take off the adhesive backing from the Command hook. Once you get it stuck on the wall, press firmly on the strip for 30 seconds as it dries. Do this for a few of the legs.
- Don’t hang the spider for an hour. This is important! The adhesive won’t be sturdy if you put weight on it right away.
When you’re ready to hang the spiders,
- Slide just the end of a spider’s leg over the rubber part of the Command hook, and bend the end of the leg a bit down as extra precaution so it won’t slide out. Slide the command hook into it’s lock
- You only need to do this for most of the spider’s legs. I decided to leave 3 alone to hang and “wave”. This works where I live, but may not if you live somewhere windy. The legs that aren’t tied down move around with wind!
- Remember to bend the spiders leg so he can’t slide out.
That’s really it! Try to spread the spider’s legs out. Remember, the legs that aren’t glued down will move around a bit in the wind, waving at passer-bys.
This entire project cost me about $110. I bought 5 giant spiders, and 2 big body spiders from Target, so if you need less that would decrease the cost. Not too bad, given the big effect it has and now I can do this for future Halloweens!
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