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
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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?
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
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!