It’s finally Halloween season and it’s coming fast! We’re tempted to say that our kids are the most excited people in our household for the big dress up day but to be fully honest with you, we might be even more pumped than they are! We’ve spent months collecting Halloween crafts ideas so that they have plenty of ways to decorate our home (and themselves) in the time leading up to Halloween. They definitely do Halloween crafts at school but, having grown up in a DIY heavy household, they still come home on chilly days asking to do even more crafts than they already have, so we make sure to keep lots of spooky themed ideas in our crafting arsenal to keep them busy. What’s their latest Halloween craft obsession, you ask? It’s spiders! Our kids are pretty big fans of creepy crawlies on any give day, any time of year, but there’s just something about the Halloween spirit that gets them extra interested in giant arachnids and eight legged monsters.
Just in case your kids are as obsessed with big Halloween spiders as ours are, if not more, check out these 15 awesome spider themed crafts that are quick and easy to make at home but fun enough to keep them occupied all evening!
1. Construction paper spider hats
No matter what time of year it is, our little ones have always loved playing dress up. If you add to that the Halloween spirit, it’ll come as no surprise that there’s at least one person in a costume in our house at all times throughout the entire month of October! That’s part of the reason we’re always keeping an eye out for fun hats and headpieces that our kids can make very easily themselves. Even if they’re made of paper, they’ll provide hours of entertainment. This funny spider hat by Little Buggie Tutu is the perfect example of what we mean! It’s made simply by cutting shapes, pasting them together, and making a few strategic bends, but the way the legs bounce when you put it on makes it one of the most popular crafts in our house.
2. Bouncing spider craft
Speaking of things that bounce, are your kids a lot more into crafts that have a little bit of movement and action to them? These things are popular ideas in our house because not only do they get the fun of actually making the thing, but they also get to play with it afterwards, meaning a single craft can keep them busy for hours on end. That’s a bonus for both them and us! This funny little spider craft from Jolie Art is made using construction paper or foam, bent pipe cleaner for the legs, and a set of googly eyes but, most importantly, it’s also made with a piece of black elastic thread for the web. If you hold the thread with one hand and give the spider a light tug with the other, it’ll bounce on the elastic like it’s skittering around!
3. Pipe cleaner and bead spiders
Is the part of the crafts you’ve seen so far that you picture your kids enjoying most actually the part where they get to bend and mould a shape? Our kids love doing that too because it makes them feel like they’re actually building the final product from their own imaginations. They’re particularly huge fans of this kind of craft when the finished product can stand up! That’s why we love helping them make these funny little spiders so much. Preschool Education for Kids shows you how to bend and mould some fuzzy Halloween coloured pipe cleaners to make a spider shape and also how to string beads along the legs to give the spiders spooky markings.
4. Paper plate spider webs
Have you been trying to teach your kids the fine motor skills involved in sewing and embroidery in hopes that one day they’ll love more detailed crafts like needlework and cross stitching as much as you do? In that case, this paper plate spider web idea from No Wooden Spoons will serve a dual purpose for your family! Besides letting your kids building their own cobweb featuring a spider smack in the middle, it’ll help them learn how to thread yarn through the holes to make a pattern in the centre too.
5. Paper plate handprint spiders
Do you love the crafting idea we just described above but the only material you’re missing right now to make it happen is the plastic spider, and your kids want to make that craft today? Then maybe it would be more fun to let them get a little bit messy in the spirit of Halloween, while also still getting to do the threading they want to get their hands on! I Can Teach My Child shows you how to make a very similar yarn and paper plate web but, instead of cutting out the middle of the plate and adding a plastic spider later, they suggest making painted handprints on the middle, turning those into your spiders, and threading a yarn web around, across, and over top of the spider to create a cobweb effect.
6. Spider rice crispy treats with pretzel legs
Maybe the kind of DIY project your kids like helping with most is the kind you’ll make together in the kitchen! This one certainly isn’t an idea we’d let our kids do on their own, since you will be using the stovetop, but they’re absolutely the kind of snack that your kids will love helping you put together! Toddlerapproved shows you how to make cocoa puffed rice squares but in a circular shape, adding pretzels and eyeball sprinkles while they’re still warm to create little edible Halloween spiders.
7. Handprint spider with glitter glue web
Did you love the handprint spider idea but you’re not sure your kids would do well with the yarn threading aspect of that craft? Perhaps they’re still just a little bit too young for that part of the whole idea. In that case, check out this alternative version from Preschool Crafts 101! They suggest simply drawing out the shape of a cobweb around the spider instead, but using silver glitter glue so it looks like the spider web is gleaming in the spooky moonlight.
8. Paper plate, pipe cleaner, and googly eye spider
Now that we’ve talked about a lot of different crafty ways to make spiders, we can start combining the DIY elements you like most from different ones until you’ve created the perfect craft that you know your kids will like best! These funny little paper plate spiders give you plate crafting, painting, pipe cleaner bending, hanging DIY, and fun with googly eyes all in once place. See how they’re made in more detail on I Heart Crafty Things!
9. Man-eating toilet paper roll spider
Are your kids the kind of Halloween enthusiasts who are intent on making sure their Halloween crafts are actually spooky and not just cute kiddie versions of the spooky things they’ll see in scary movies when they’re older? In that case, we have a feeling they’ll prefer something like this “man eating” spider from Molly Moo Crafts! This one’s a simple make using an empty cardboard toilet roll and, some pipe cleaners, and some googly eyes, but our kids couldn’t stop laughing at the way a little figurine fit right inside the spider’s cut mouth, like it was eating anyone who crossed its path. They played with theirs for hours when they were done crafting!
10. Mini egg carton spiders
If you’re going to have a series of simple “crafternoons” with your kids, would you prefer to make sure that the supplies you’re using are an upcycling or repurposing opportunity on top of a health use of time? We love crafts like that because they help us accumulate DIY tools naturally rather than going out and spending more money on things we don’t necessarily need at craft stores. This adorable little bouncy spider idea from Find Craft Ideas is the perfect example of what we mean because it’s made from a cut section of an empty egg carton. Paint it black, add some pipe cleaner legs give it some eyeballs and fangs, and voila- a spooky spider!
11. Yarn woven pipe cleaner web
Perhaps your kids are ever so slightly older and they’ve actually been looking for crafts that are a little more complicated and let them do things like weaving, bending, and embroidering with yarn? In that case, this awesome handmade spider web idea from Easy Preschool Crafts is probably the best bet for them! This tutorial shows you how to make a frame for the web from pipe cleaners and then how to weave the actual webbing from yarn wrapped around and around the frame pieces. We love the way they added a pipe cleaner spider too!
12. Balloon wrapped spider web mobile
Perhaps it’s a rainy weekend and you’re looking for a craft that requires a little more of a time investment so your kids have more to do… but you still want it to have a spooky Halloween theme and you know your kids just want to make spiders? In that case, we think we’ve found just the project for you! Keeping Up With the Craft Moms guides you through the process of making a yarn wrapping mobile around a balloon, popping the balloon, and adding DIY spiders to the dried frame so it looks like a rounded web. Hang it in the window for all to see!
13. White glue and loose glitter spider webs
Were you a big fan of the glitter glue cobweb idea but your kids are a little older and you know they’d rather make their own web from scratch, rather than simply squeezing some glue onto a page? Well, thanks to this tutorial from Woo!, you can show them how to get a very similar effect but in a way they’ll get a lot more entertainment out of! Create the web shape you want on a piece of wax parchment paper and sprinkle loose glitter over it while the glue is still wet. Once the glue has dried, carefully siphon off the glitter than hasn’t stuck (save it to use later) and then peel your new web slowly off the page! We like leaving these on flat surfaces like side tables or hanging them in windows and doorways. Our kids have made them in all different colours!
14. Cardboard water spout spiders
The tale of the Itsy Bitsy spider might not be an exclusively Halloween story, but making a drainpipe spider of your own with your kids can provide days of entertainment and hey, a spider is a spider, right? Nature Loving Kids shows you how they created this funny little egg carton and construction paper spider on a string “web” that threads through a cardboard tube. Pull the top to make the spider get closer to the “water spout” and let it go to make the spider come rushing out.
15. Easy stone spiders
Perhaps you’ve already got some paint, glue, and random crafting supplies like googly eyes, but you’re low on spider-making essentials like pipe cleaners and you don’t have time to go buy any? In cases like that, we always do what Uno Zwei Tutu did here and turn to our garden or our back yard to see if we can find natural supplies instead! They show you how to make funny little spiders from rocks and sticks that have been painted, glued together, and topped off with funny googly eyes.
Do you kids love spiders and creepy crawlies as much as the next child, but they’re especially enthusiastic about them around Halloween? Then try bookmarking this list so you have lots of ideas to refer back to!