13 Creepy-Crawly Spider Crafts That Are Perfect for Halloween
Out of all the iconic creatures that come out on Halloween, spiders are most likely to send a shiver up a guest's spine when they first step foot into your haunted abode. From minuscule arachnids to giant crawlers that overtake porches and backyards, these tantalizing terrors are more than likely to give trick-or-treaters and partygoers the creeps. Just like witches, goblins, and ghost themes, you can encase your entire home in spider-themed Halloween decorations. From webs to actual arachnids, there are many ways you can terrify those who are afraid of these eight-legged creatures.
Hair-raising party decorations don't need to be costly or fussy—you can make frightening flourishes pictured here with some inexpensive craft supplies in just a few minutes. We covered a table with gauze, and then added black tissue-paper tatters and sweets-laden cake stands to the table. Spooky card-stock spiderwebs hang from up above, which you can create following the directions on this template and by cutting the pattern out onto a folded piece of black noir colored paper.
The most basic spider-themed decoration may also be the easiest. If you're hoping to create unique spiderwebs without having to visit a Halloween novelty store, you can do so by pinning, snipping, and tearing up cheesecloth. It helps you dress up any space with life-like spiderwebs that can also hold the weight of faux spiders, including the paper-based creations we're sharing in the following slides. Here, we're sharing a collection of crafts that any guest will find absolutely creepy.
Giant Tissue-Paper Spider
A giant spider that dangles overhead requires very little legwork. Tape black crepe-paper streamers to wire (you will need eight 26-inch pieces), snip along the sides with fringe scissors, then bend them at a right angle to form claws and knees. (Repeat this process on the other seven legs.) A piece of tape secures each leg to the core of a black-tissue flutter ball. For a fitting display, suspend the ball from the ceiling using filament wire.
Spider Toss Game
Don't worry, these lifelike black-widow spiders and tarantulas aren't alive... that is, until you get them jumping in this family-friendly game. This easy-to-set-up activity will keep everyone—adults and your little ones—occupied all night long. Here's how to play: Give all the girls and boys an eight-legged game piece, then invite them to toss (each player will take three throws). You'll add up their total, and the highest-scoring spider wins!
For this creepy-crawly design, a spider's lair is carved into a pumpkin using a gouge or linoleum cutter—the orange flesh will glow through throughout the evening. To carve this pumpkin, first draw a spiderweb on a pumpkin with a marker, then go over lines with a gouge, cutting into surface. Decorate the surface with plastic spiders—snipped from rings, sprayed with adhesive, and coated in silver glitter—by attaching them to the stem with pins so they look as if they're crawling all over.
Think of this spider doily as the creepy-crawly upgrade on a paper snowflake—easy to make in multiples when you're looking for a way to quickly decorate a table. To make, trace our template onto folded black paper, aligning edges of the template with folds, and cut it out. Then, display a web of 19 cupcakes. Pictured here, our chocolate spider-web cupcakes are finished with a sugar glaze and piped chocolate web to make an excellent Halloween party dessert.
A trio of creepy-crawly spiders with plump balloon bodies and spindly legs hover over these unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. To start, inflate two round balloons, one slightly less than the other (the larger will be the abdomen and the smaller will be the head). Tie the balloons together at the ends with thread or monofilament; using a balloon pump, inflate four long, skinny balloons, leaving a 3-inch "tail" at the end of each.
Make one set of legs: Starting a few inches from the neck, twist a balloon, holding it place, and move about 1 inch along the ballon and twist again. Bring the two twists together, and grab the resulting bubble with one hand and twist, which should lock the twists together. Move up another few inches, and repeat to make another knee. Repeat twice more to make four short segments and four knees, with one long section in the center, since air will shit into the tail as you work. Repeat this process with three more balloons.
Twist one set of legs in the center of the longest segment; hold it in place, and twist a second set in the same place. Place the two sets together, with twisted centers interlocking; the balloons should hold. Finish up by repeating the process with two more sets of legs. Tie these legs to the body, and hang the spider on monofilament outside.
Mod a pair of inexpensive round, black-rimmed sunglasses. Start by photocopying our spiderweb template to fit your glasses lenses; then, secure the template behind one lens with tape. Trace the web onto the lens with a fine-tipped white paint pen. Remove the template and let the paint dry before repeating the processes on other lens.
For the legs, use a pair of small scissors to trim the fuzz on both ends of four black pipe cleaners, so the ends come to a point—then, cut each pipe cleaner in half. Attach these cleaners to the back of the frames with hot glue. Be sure to leave enough room around the glasses' hinges, and bend the pipe cleaners to resemble spider legs.
Spider-Dog Pet Costume
Spider Wall Crawlers
Come Halloween, an invasion of spiders is—for once—a welcome sight. Here, circular tissue fans double as webs for paper spiders with boldly colored bodies. For each spiderweb, start with a black circular tissue fan. For a smaller web, trim 1 or 2 notches from the closed fan at the unstapled end. You may need to remove a few layers of tissue from a smaller fan to preserve its taut shape. Open the fan; secure cardboard edges with double-sided tape. To make a spider, download and print our spider and body templates; cut out. Trace the spider template onto silver paper and cut out. Trace the body template 5 times onto colored and silver paper to make 3 colored body pieces and 2 silver; cut out. Fold each body piece in half lengthwise. Attach the body pieces side to side, alternating colors, with double-sided tape. Tape to the spider. Tape or hot-glue the spider to its web. Hang these webs from the ceiling with monofilament and removable adhesive hooks.
Kick around in this pair as part of a Halloween costume, or all on their own. To begin, paint a spiderweb's design on white canvas shoes using watercolor resist appliqué and a detail brush; let it dry completely. Then, squeeze a quarter-sized amount of black paint onto the shoe—dilute it slightly with water to help it flow and brush over the resist paint using a watercolor brush. Continue to brush the paint over the shoe's surface, adding more water in areas to create a watercolor effect; let it dry completely before wearing out and about.
This cotton-like incubator is bursting with eight-legged babies. You can make several sacs and suspend them at various heights from the ceiling, or make one giant one for your guests to "ooh and ahh" over when they observe them hanging overhead.
An arachnid needs a web to call home. Create a simple-to-make but impressive giant cobweb out of white cord, which can be used again next year.
Musty Wreath Relic
No one will dare darken your doorstep while this aging, spider-infested wreath hangs over it. The secret is reindeer moss, actually a lichen, available at crafts stores and garden centers. Hot-glue handfuls of moss to a Styrofoam wreath form until it's covered completely. Apply a thin coat of craft glue to plastic spiders, sprinkle with black glitter, and hot-glue spiders onto wreath. The natural color of the moss, combined with some creepy-crawly embellishments, will make it appear as though you pulled the wreath from the depths of a cobweb-covered attic.