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Spooky and spooky skeletons aren’t the only Halloween decor to send shivers down your spine this year. TikTok creators have been posting spooky DIY ideas for months now – including pumpkin painting tips – but an Australian-based artist Chez Sophie Brown (@nesti_home) the massive black widow spider is an undeniable sight.
A test of bravery for even the most daring of cheaters, the 13.5ft spider – affectionately named Mavis by Brown’s supporters – came to life after following a tutorial posted by crafting experts. Wicked creators on Youtube. Now, Mavis is waiting to make her Halloween debut in a region where trick-or-treating and wearing spooky costumes aren’t exactly widespread traditions.
According to Brown, Halloween isn’t widely celebrated in Australia, but the holiday has grown in popularity in recent years, especially with her children, who helped give Mavis her signature black and red finish. As a budding Halloween enthusiast, Brown — who began pursuing her passion for DIY art at the start of the pandemic — did her best to follow the Wicked Makers tutorial step-by-step, documenting the process. on her Instagram Stories along the way. “I love all that weird, gooey texture on her because of the foam. It makes it even creepier,” she told POPSUGAR, adding that the foam and water technique she used to cover Mavis’ body was the hardest step to replicate. .
“I’m nervous about hanging it up.”
After a few trips to the hardware store to gather supplies – including plastic wrap, hot glue, expanding foam, PVC pipes, acrylic spray paint, etc. – Brown spent two days bringing Mavis to life, using a ball and an exercise ball as the base for the haunting arachnid. After the spider was completed, Brown briefly hung it up to test its durability, adding that the strange creature was able to withstand a huge storm last year.
When she’s not clinging to a bed of cotton cobwebs in the front of the house, Mavis rests on the floor in the family living room with her legs across the room in a cardboard box. But the time for Mavis to really shine has almost arrived. “I’m scared to hang up,” Brown said, adding that she was glad she “didn’t make a kid cry” last year when Mavis was first introduced. In a neighborhood where Halloween is a growing phenomenon, the giant black widow will certainly have its time in the pumpkin-lit spotlight, and Brown hopes Mavis won’t be the only DIY spider lingering on her doorstep. someone this Halloween.
“I love teaching people how to create things and coming up with ways for people to be creative because when you become an adult you don’t have time to be creative,” she says. “My goal is [helping] people make things they love but also get a lot of joy out of the manufacturing process.”
Creating a giant spider from scratch is a lot of work, but retailers like Grandin Road, Amazon and more have us covered. Ahead, buy some giant spiders and check out Brown’s step-by-step DIY tutorial as you prepare for Halloween.