When we think about Halloween and making decorations when we were kids, we always remember our favourite part of both of those things being the fake cobwebs we saw all over our house, porch, and neighbourhood in October. Now that we’re older and have kids of our own, not much has changed; putting up fake cobwebs and helping our kids make spider web inspired crafts is still something we have a total blast with all month long! Lucky for us, our kids are totally enamoured with the spooky look of spider webs too, so they’re always ready to craft with us on a chilly afternoon or after school when their homework is finished.
By this point, we’ve tried just about every cobweb themed craft in existence, but that’s never stopped us from scouring the Internet looking for more ideas. Just in case you and your kids like spooky spider webs as much as we do, here are 15 of our favourite cobweb crafts that we’ve tried so far!
1. Paper plate and yarn cobweb
We love making paper plate crafts because there are so many different kinds of things you can create and our kids always get a kick out of transforming something regular and everyday into something funky instead. We particularly love this idea yarn woven spider web idea from No Wooden Spoons because we’re avid knitters and crochet enthusiasts, so we always have lots of yarn lying around! This tutorial shows you how to cut out the middle of the plate, punch holes around the edge, and thread yarn through however the kids please in order to create a web pattern all the way across the middle. Add a plastic spider once the weaving is done to really hit the design home!
2. White glue and loose glitter cobwebs
Have your kids always had a huge love for sparkly things and enjoyed working with glitter at every opportunity? Our little ones always manage to make a huge mess whenever we let them use loose glitter, but they’re always so happy during the crafting process that we don’t really mind if our kitchen floor is sparkly for weeks after, no matter how well we try to clean it. We have a feeling, then, that your kids will love this sparkling cobweb idea from Ten Kids and a Dog. Help them trace out the shape of a web onto construction paper with white glue that will dry clear and then sprinkle loose glitter in whatever colour they please over the glue. We like the idea of using black paper as a backing so the shade of glitter you use really stands out!
3. Spider Man style shooting cobwebs
Okay, we know that this crafting idea isn’t technically just a Halloween craft, but October is all about dressing up and transforming yourself into something you find cool, right? Then why not make Spider Man style cobweb shooters anyways? We actually made these with our kids last week and they have yet to go a day without strapping them on and pretending to shoot each other with imaginary globs of webbing. Sdik Rof Creativity shows you how to use fun coloured cardstock and plastic drinking straws to make a wrist cuff that actually will launch a bent white straw like Spider Man launches cobwebs from his suit.
4. Technicolour spider web drawings
Perhaps your kids’ favourite kinds of DIY and crafting projects are the ones where they get to paint because they love bright colours so much and will take any opportunity to use cheerful shades, even though Halloween is typically spooky and dark? Then perhaps they’d love to try their hand at these beautiful cobweb murals by Learn With Play at Home! They show you how to draw the shape in thick black marker that will withstand being filled in with water colour paints so that all kinds of bright colours can be included. We like the darker, spookier version they created with the black over wash too!
5. Hama bead spider webs
If you’ve never tried hama beads or perler beads with your kids, then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out! All that means, however, is that now you’ve got the opportunity to try out something completely fun and new! We remember back in the early 1990s when hama bead crafts were the height of the DIY trend for kids and we adored making all kinds of shapes with all kinds of themes. Halloween was no exception! That’s why we loved this simple but super fun hama bead cobwebs idea from Mummy and The Chunks so much! Carefully iron the beads together once you’ve placed them and voila; you’ve got awesome hanging ornaments!
6. Cheddar cobwebs
When you and your kids set time aside to make things together, do you tend to end up choosing things that you can eat together rather than just decorative or crafty things? Well, we can’t say we blame you! Cobwebs, however, don’t immediately seem like the kind of things you can incorporate into your food… or can you? Martha Stewart has something to stay about that! Check out these funny little baked cheddar spider webs that make for great toppings on just about any lunch snack you please.
7. Yarn spider web bulletin board
Are you still enamoured with the idea of spider webs made of yarn but you don’t have a lot of room for clutter so you’re not keen on the idea of making new things that your kids will want to hang all over your home and in your windows? Then maybe you’d rather transform something you already own and use to make it look spooky temporarily instead! We love the way Arts Crackers tacked a simple web of white yarn woven across their bulletin board so that it looks like their daily reminders and photos are nestled into a spider’s web. Make or buy a couple of spiders to really top off the look!
8. Trash bag spider webs
Has time gotten away from you and now you’re intent on throwing together some last minute Halloween décor so that your house doesn’t look completely unseasonal, but you still want the things you make to be affordable and kid-friendly? Then use what’s already in your home and easily available! We’ve made tons of these funny little garbage bag cobwebs by HGTV. Our kids love cutting the shapes out the way you would for paper snowflakes and we like that you can hang them inside or outside on the porch quite easily, since the plastic of the bags is weather resistant.
9. Spider web sugar cookies
Are you still thinking about how cute the idea of making cobweb themed food is but you think your kids would enjoy something sweet rather than something savoury? Then maybe icing design is the way to go! Of course, if you’re going to make patterns in delicious glaze, the best thing to put that glaze on in a batch of warm sugar cookies! Good Housekeeping gives you not only a simply classic sugar cookie recipe that will make your mouth water but also instructions for using differently coloured icing and a toothpick in order to create a cool webbed effect across the top.
10. Paper bag spider web luminaries
We’ve always been a little bit obsessed with luminaries. Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy making candles and candle holders of all different kinds, but there’s something about the glow of luminaries specifically that just warms us, especially in the fall. Around Halloween, however, we specifically like that they look a little bit spookier than most other tea light holders you’ll find! On top of that, our kids love making them because they can draw and decorate the luminaries however they please, since making luminaries from paper bags is such a customizable idea. Check out how Aunt Peaches made these simple paper bag luminaries that look like spider webs!
11. Chocolate spider webs
Were you intrigued by the icing spider webs you saw above but you’re just not sure you want that much sweetness in one place? Maybe your kids’ favourite treat is something else and you’d rather add a bit of cobwebbed detail to that rather than making a whole batch of cookies? Then check out how She Scribes actually made delicate little edible spider webs from melted chocolate! Older kids might be able to help make their own, but little kids might need help drawing theirs out. Create your shape on wax paper, carefully peel them up once they’ve dried, and garnish just about any treat or baked good you’d like with them!
12. DIY glow in the dark spider web
Have you ever tried making crafts out of hot glue? Well, if not, then we’re about to show you a whole new world of crafting possibility that is surprisingly fun and versatile, even for kids! Celebrating Mums shows you how to draw out your hot glue shape, peel it up once it’s dried, and paint it carefully with glow stick solution so that it glows brightly when you turn the lights off. Just make sure to be careful with the glue gun and during the glow stick process. This craft is better for kids who are a little bit older.
13. Pipe cleaner spider webs with hanging spiders
We’ve already talked about ways to make a cool woven spider web out of pipe cleaners and yarn, but in the last tutorial we showed you a version that just involved sticking a crafted or store bought spider to the yarn when you’re finished. This time, The Craft Nest suggests leaving a tail of yarn hanging down and making yourself a pom pom spider to tie on so it looks like the web has just been built. When you hang your cobwebs on the wall, the spiders will hang down in an eerie way, like they’re going to crawl down the wall and built another web somewhere else!
14. Cellulose and thread cobwebs
This craft involves using a sewing machine, so it’s best to do with kids who are a little bit older, but that doesn’t mean some little kids with lots of patience can’t get involved too! Textile Arts Centre guides you through the process of making a very cool embroidery thread cobweb by sketching the shape out on cellulose material, sewing along the lines, and then dissolving the cellulose in hot water. Lay your webs out to dry and when everything is said and done, your family will have a set of totally creepy looking webs in whatever colours you choose.
15. Branch and cobwebs mobile
Have your kids been begging you to help them make things with those cotton feeling store bought cobwebs that you’ve probably seen on porches across your neighbourhood? Well, believe it or not, there are lots of different things you can do with those packages that are more interesting than just stringing them along your front door frame. Beckham and Belle has one idea here that is super simple but still totally neat looking and we like that it’s easy enough for your kids to make by themselves. They suggest getting a spooky looking stick, looping the cobwebs over it however you please, and then hanging the whole creation up like a mobile. If you make a few of them, suddenly your hallway will look like a haunted forest!
Have you made other spider and cobweb theme crafts with your kids before that they had a lot of fun with and that you loved the final products of, but you don’t see that idea on our list? Tell us all about how you did it in the comments section or link us to pictures of your work!