10 Easy DIY Spider Crafts for Halloween
Proof that the eight-legged creepy crawlies can be cute decor for a home or party.
When you think of Halloween decor, gauze spider webs and plastic spiders surely come to mind. I will admit that I'm not the biggest fan of spiders, but Halloween would not be the same without them. They add that perfect amount of spookiness without being completely horrifying.
If you’ve waited until the last minute to get your decorations up, don’t fret. Whether you’re looking for quick and easy decor for your home or upcoming party, these crafts are perfect for incorporating the arachnids:
Pompom Spider Napkin Rings
These cute little creatures made from black pompoms, pipe cleaners and googly eyes are so easy to make that the kids can lend a hand.
Make It: Spider Napkin Rings
Spooky Spider's Nest Luminaries
Spider's Nest Luminaries Wrapped in Gauze
Easily turn Mason jars into creepy glowing spider's nests. Just wrap large and small jars with white medical gauze or cheesecloth, securing the fabric's ends with hot glue or pins. Next, glue a few plastic spiders to the gauze to create the look of a spider's nest then fill each jar with a pillar candle or flameless luminary.
Create an eerie look for the front porch with these Mason jars wrapped in white gauze and decorated with plastic spiders. Use a hot glue gun to secure the gauze and spiders, then place a pillar candle or flameless luminary inside for the finishing touch. The flickering glow as party guests (or trick-or-treaters) arrive on the doorstep will surely spook the arachnophobe.
Cute + Crawly Spider Cake
Don't forget about dessert! For the not-so-gifted bakers, this two-layer spider cake is an easy one to make and is oh-so-adorable. All you'll need (besides the cake and frosting, of course) are strips of decorative paper, two 9" cake pans, double-sided tape, a round cake stand and a pair of candy eyes. You don't have to be a master baker to make something this darling and festive.
Make It: Halloween Spider Cake
Creepy Spider Web Pillow
Using a basic machine and beginner sewing skills, you can easily make a pair of these spider web pillows for the living room sofa. Attach fuzzy white yarn on the gray wool fabric with a sewing needle and white thread to form the spider web. Once the pillow is stuffed and sewn together, add little plastic spiders crawling down the web for the full effect.
Make It: Spider Web Pillow
Wicked Spider Web Pumpkins
Forget the hassle of gutting and carving a real pumpkin and try faux pumpkins instead. To get the look of these spider web window pumpkins, cut out a large hole on the front and spray-paint the stem and interior silver or gold. Upholstery tacks work great to secure the faux web. But be careful — real spiders might find the hollowed-out pumpkins very enticing.
Budget-Friendly Trash Bag Spider Webs
With only three supplies needed, trash bag spider webs are a great way to decorate for Halloween on a low budget. Chances are, you already have the materials on hand. Hang them from the ceiling or tape them to the window — voila! An easy and cheap project.
Make It: Trash Bag Spider Webs
Glittery Party Favor Bags
Original Marian Parsons Glittered Halloween Party Favor Bags
Give your guest gifts to enjoy later. Fill goodie bags with halloween candy or small trinkets like erasers, spider rings, stickers or temporary tattoos.
Turn plain muslin bags into keepsake favor bags for your Halloween party guests. Simply download the templates and trace the chosen design onto the bag. Use craft paint and glitter to fill in the design. Now, all you need are some treats to stuff inside!
Make It: Glittered Halloween Party Favor Bags
Clever Kids' Party Game
Let the kids play spider-egg toss — a fun and festive game that involves hula hoops, masking tape and cottonballs. Cute and inexpensive to make, the little ones will surely be entertained as they attempt to stick the cottonballs (spider eggs) to the taped web. Another option? Try pin the spider on the web.
Make It: Kids' Halloween Spiderweb Game
Freaky Mini Pumpkins
Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg
Transform mini pumpkins into the eight-legged arachnids with black pipe cleaners and small googly eyes. Consider spray painting the tiny gourds black to get a more accurate depiction.
Custom Webbed Doormat
Welcome guests into your spooktacular home with a DIY spiderweb doormat. With easy step-by-step instructions and only a few supplies, you can tackle this project in a day. Make sure to seal it with adhesive if you plan to leave it outdoors.
Make It: Spiderweb Doormat
Create a Shadowy Scene
Adhesive black vinyl sheets and a bit of creativity turned this ordinary garage door into a shadowy Halloween scene. Best of all: It's easily removable when the season has passed. Get more tips for recreating this look.
Headless Horseman Door Greeter
Give trick-or-treaters and Halloween party guests a (slight!) scare with this smaller-than-life-size headless horseman figure. Add his jack-o'-lantern head to one hand and a sign leading the way to the festivities in the other. Add a little character to your front porch with our free template and step-by-step instructions.
Candy Corn Piñata
What's Halloween without the candy, right? Construct this colorful piñata to serve as both a party decoration and crowd-pleasing game for your Halloween get-together. Get started with our free templates and step-by-step instructions.
Craft a Few Ghostly Visitors
Create these fun, floating ghostly shapes with a little formed chicken wire, gauzy cheese cloth and liquid fabric starch. A battery-operated florescent light give the apparitions a spooky glow. Get more tips for throwing an elegant Halloween fete.
Magic up this not-too-scary witch for your front porch or entryway using a faux pumpkin and basic supplies from the craft store. Create a friendly witch to welcome Halloween guests or a scowling witch to keep mischief-makers at bay. Our step-by-step instructions make it easy to craft your own.
Mini "Pumpkin" Wreath
Although the tiny orange shapes covering this wreath look like diminutive pumpkins, they're actually putka pods. A great stand-in for mini pumpkins, the dried organic seed pods don't deteriorate, so your wreath can be displayed year after year. Get crafting to make your own.
Glam Glittered Pumpkins
School glue and black glitter are all you need to give natural or faux pumpkins a chic makeover. Choose an easy pattern for crafting with kids or go with a timeless design, like a monogram or graphic pattern, for a sophisticated look. Get step-by-step instructions.
Craft a Cheery Orange Wreath
Bright orange tow rope makes it a snap to craft a cheery orange wreath you can display from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Just swap out the saying on the mini pumpkins for an easy holiday update. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Craft a Litter of Black Cats
Turn a sheet of plywood into these simple cat silhouettes that keep a baleful eye on Halloween visitors with glowing eyes created by backing moon-shaped cut-outs with small, battery powered lights. Get more tips for decking out your home with silhouettes.
Haunted Terrarium or Cookie Jar
Add a little Halloween "spirit" to your kitchen counter. All you need is a large glass jar, basic craft supplies and a little imagination. This easy project is perfect to do with kids, they'll love coming up with ideas for spooky details. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.
Spook up your front porch, walkway, foyer or any dark corner with this rustic recycling project that uses a (free!) wood pallet to craft a Halloween pumpkin you can display year after year. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Upcycled Poison Bottles
Don't toss that old bottle. Instead turn it into sleek Halloween decor. To get the look: Thoroughly clean the glass; once dry, coat each bottle with one coat of spray primer and 2-3 coats of matte black spray paint. Add a handwritten label and display your potent potables as a group. Check out 20+ hip Halloween decorating ideas for more inspiration.
Light Up Your Front Porch
Prep your front porch or entryway for the arrival of trick-or-treaters or Halloween guests with the sweet aroma of candy-corn-filled hurricanes. To create them, place pillar candles inside clear glass hurricanes of different sizes then fill each hurricane, roughly halfway, with candy corn. For safety, be sure to blow out the candle before it burns below the candy. Get more Halloween front porch decorating ideas.
These denizens of the dark are a just-spooky-enough way to decorate your front porch without making it too scary for the littlest trick-or-treaters. Learn how to attach them to the banister.
This quick-and-easy craft is a great Halloween project to make with the kids. Best of all, the inexpensive materials ensure you can whip up a whole gaggle of ghosts for your front yard.
Wrap chevron fabric around a foam wreath form to craft this trendy wreath that will add a big graphic punch to your front door, living room, kitchen or anywhere. Learn how to make the bat garland.
Witch's Broomstick Place Cards
Turn Mini Pumpkins Into Cute Bats
Mix a little mischief into your Halloween decorations with these mini bat pumpkins. These not-too-scary creatures are fun to create and will look great grouped together on your mantel, entry table or as a centerpiece.
Turn Scrapbook Paper Into "Specimens"
Another great craft to do with kids, this project couldn't be simpler. Just stamp creepy animal shapes — like vampire bats, snakes or spiders — out of colorful card stock to create a collection of "specimens" to fill a shadowbox-style frame.
Whip Up a Spider Web Pillow
Fuzzy yarn on gray wool fabric is used to make this arachnophobic (but cute!) Halloween pillow. This project involves basic machine- and hand-sewing, so it's a snap to make, even for crafters new to sewing.
Playful Hanging Bats
Black craft foam, googly eyes and fishing line are all you need to create a colony of swooping, weatherproof bats. Kids big and small will love this quick and easy Halloween craft, perfect for adding a spooky touch to your front yard. Get step-by-step instructions.
Upcycle a metal lamp frame and chicken wire into a rustic cloche you can use year-round. Add pumpkins, plastic spiders and webbing to create a Halloween vignette. Learn how to make your own.
Edible Candy Topiaries
Cover inexpensive foam topiary forms with fondant and candy to create a sweet Halloween decoration or centerpiece that kids will love helping to craft. After the festivities are over, they'll have just as much fun pulling the candy off and devouring it.
Set Up an Outdoor Trick-or-Treat Station
Weather permitting, bring a lightweight table or shelf outside then fill it with an assortment of kids' favorite treats packaged using one of our free printable templates. Have adults on hand to make sure everyone gets their fair share and with cameras at the ready to snap photos of the neighborhood kids enjoying the spread. Get more tips for setting up a candy station.
Phantom Chair Slipcover
Use gauzy fabric and cheesecloth to give a traditional dining chair a tattered, ghostly silhouette for Halloween. With raw edges and a simple shape, this slipcover is a snap to make using basic sewing skills.
Craft a Graveyard for Your Front Yard
Make a Haunted Mirror
Transform a modern mirror into a spooky, antiqued looking glass with this simple technique. In a gothic black frame, it's perfect for Halloween, but this mercury-glass look can work year-round if you use a warm wood, silver-leaf or gilt frame.
Turn a Pumpkin Into a Candy Dish
Cut a faux pumpkin in half to create a cute lidded container for serving Halloween candy. The waterproof foam interior also makes these a great cooler when filled with ice and beverages. Get step-by-step instructions.
Felt Bat Pillow
This oh-so-cute felt pillow requires basic sewing skills and will bring a handmade touch to your Halloween decor. Download bat templates and get step-by-step instructions.
Turn Your Family Into Pumpkins
OK, not really, but you can add signature characteristics to pumpkins and gourds that resemble your nearest and dearest. Fresh produce, felt, a permanent marker and a few bits of clothing are all you need. Get step-by-step instructions.
Fill clear buckets or cylindrical glass vases with battery-operated tea lights to easily craft kid-safe, fireproof luminaries to light up your Halloween celebrations. Get step-by-step instructions.
Make a Pretty Fretwork Pumpkin
Looking for a new pumpkin-carving technique? Requiring just two different-sized drill bits, this sculptural and intricate design is easier to create than you may think. Learn how to make your own.