Wacky Spiders Fun Halloween Crafts

Jumping Spider DecorationThis is one of my favorite Halloween crafts for kids. It is quick and simple, can be done with a crowd if you’re throwing a party, and is an excellent way to practice cutting and fine motor skills with younger children.

Older kids can let their imaginations take over and create some really wacky spiders!

 

 

What you will need:

  • Black paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or sticky-tape
  • Googly eyes (optional) or scraps of paper and pens

Instructions:

  1. Cut a rectangle of paper approximately 3 inches by 3 1/2 inches. Fold the short side down about an inch to make a crease, and then it open up again.
  2. Turn the paper so that the crease is horizontal and then cut the paper in 7 straight lines up to the crease to create eight spider’s legs.
  3. For younger children, draw in the lines for them to practice cutting on.
  4. For older children, show them how to make the first cut in the middle, dividing the area below the crease into 2 halves.
  5. Then show them how to divide each half again to make quarters, then the quarters to make eighths. Don’t worry about being too accurate, that’s half the fun.
  6. Now wrap the spider around the child’s finger and fasten with sticky-tape or glue. Remove the spider and decorate either with scraps of paper or with googly eyes.
  7. Place it back on the finger and bend the legs into shape or curl them around a pencil.

Here are a few other variations:

  1. Hang the spiders up! Simply cut a length of black wool yarn and attach it inside the head of the spider with a small piece of sticky-tape.
  2. Make smaller versions of these spiders to decorate the ends of Halloween pencils.
  3. Wrap small spiders around straws to decorate your Halloween table! Make some bigger spiders and scatter them around the table as well.
  4. Cut a small slit on either side of the spider’s head and insert a name card to turn these spiders into spooky place markers!
  5. Cut out the spider body but before decorating wrap a black pipe cleaner around the head of the spider to give a furry effect. The protruding end of the pipe cleaner can be curled into a hook shape, which makes the spider easy to suspend from shelves, the tops of doors, and other spooky places! Stick googly eyes on top of the pipe cleaner.