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

Spider Napkin Holders

Spider Napkin Holders

Give arachnophobic guests a shock with these fun, furry critters. Pom-poms, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and felt are all you need to craft these fun and functional 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.

Spooky Spider's Nest Luminaries

Spider's Nest Luminaries Wrapped in Gauze

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



©Vicki Lynn Photography

Vicki Lynn Photography

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.

Creepy Spider Web Pillow

Spiders Scare up Some Fun

Spiders Scare up Some Fun

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.

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

Trashbag Spider Web

Trashbag Spider Web

Dramatic, inexpensive and, best of all, this trashbag spider web decoration is made from materials already in the house.

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.

Glittery Party Favor Bags

Original Marian Parsons Glittered Halloween 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!

Clever Kids' Party Game

Photo by: Michael Hall

Michael Hall

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.

Freaky Mini Pumpkins

Watch Out for Spiders!

Watch Out for Spiders!

Miniature pumpkins make fantastic spiders! Attach pipe cleaner legs to the bottoms of the pumpkins and use lentils or beans to create eyes. Add a drop of black paint for a pupil and white for the highlight in each eye, then let your charming little critters crawl!

Photo by: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

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

DIY: Spiderweb Doormat

DIY: Spiderweb Doormat

Learn how to make a custom doormat inspired by these garden dwellers.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

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.

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Black Cat Pumpkins

Welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests with a litter of black cat pumpkins. These carve-free kitties are easy to craft, making them a fun project for older children or small kids with a little help from a crafty adult.

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

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Witch Pumpkin

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.

Stencil One On

Pumpkin-carving patterns and paint markers are put to good use to turn a bit of white fabric into a festive Halloween tablecloth. Learn how to make your own

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Craft a (Cute!) Owl Pumpkin

You don't need an intricate pattern or advanced pumpkin-carving skills to turn a fresh pumpkin and white gourds into this adorable decoration. Learn how to make your own.

Tiny Ghost Town

Matte black spray paint turns craft store birdhouses into an eerie mini landscape. To bump up the creep factor, add oversized spiders, rubber snakes or faux birds to your scene.

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.

Pallet Jack-O'-Lantern

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.

Hand-Painted Insect Plates

Give inexpensive white dinner plates a creepy-crawly makeover with black ceramic paint and easy-to-create bug silhouettes. Learn how to make the painted plates food-safe.

Ever-Watchful Owls

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.

Billowing Ghosties

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.

Faux Formaldehyde

Fill lidded jars with water, green food coloring, rubber creatures (like mice, snakes, bats or insects), leaves or dried flowers to give any room the look of a mad scientist's lab.

Fashion-Forward Wreath

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.

Ghostly Draperies

These billowing, tattered draperies made from budget-friendly cheesecloth will add an eerie atmosphere to your front porch or an interior doorway. Get step-by-step instructions.

Witch's Broomstick Place Cards

Made from a twig, raffia and a scrap of paper, these diminutive brooms add an enchanting touch of whimsy to any Halloween get-together, plus they're a fun party favor that guests can take with them.

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.

Levitating Ghost

Turn craft-store materials into a life-sized (or at least afterlife-sized) ghost that appears to float several feet above the ground. Learn how to make your own.

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.

Let Your Yard Go to the Birds

Print out our free template to turn plywood and paint into a larger-than-life raven you can display either indoors or out. Get step-by-step instructions.

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.

Creep-Tastic Wreaths

Give your front door a fun Halloween touch with one of our 10 easy-to-craft wreaths.

Chicken-Wire Cloche

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.

Stack a Jack-O'-Totem

Add some personality to your entry with a pumpkin topiary in the shape of a totem pole. All it takes is a few faux pumpkins, basic craft supplies and a little imagination. Get crafting to make your own.

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.

Creepy-Crawly Napkin Rings

Spook up your Halloween get-together with these easy-to-make (and cute!) felt and pom-pom napkin rings — a perfect project to craft with kids. Learn how to make your own.

Add a Trendy Silhouette

Bring sophistication to your Halloween decor by embellishing a pumpkin with a trendy black-and-white silhouette. Our Get step-by-step instructions show you how.

Craft a Graveyard for Your Front Yard

Whether you choose to add funny sayings or be deathly serious with traditional designs, our step-by-step instructions show you how to turn inexpensive foam sheets into realistic-looking grave markers.

Peekaboo Pumpkins

Kids will love helping you create a spooktacular vignette of peeking pumpkins with mini gourds and a variety of inexpensive bowls and lidded dishes. Get step-by-step instructions.

Craft a Chalkboard Tray

Serve Halloween guests in style with this easy-to-create and totally customizable chalkboard tray. Get step-by-step instructions.

Make Your Mark With a Monogram

Add a sophisticated, personalized touch to your Halloween decor with an easy-to-create monogrammed pumpkin. Learn how to make your own.

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.

Make a Vintage-Inspired Banner

Add a sophisticated touch to your Halloween decorations with this inexpensive hand-painted banner. Get crafting to make your own.

Go for a Gothic Look

Give a humble pumpkin sophisticated style by painting it to resemble an antique European grain sack. Our step-by-step instructions show you how.

Craft a Dramatic Wreath

Glam up your front door with an over-the-top black feather wreath. Use feathers in a contrasting color and menswear-inspired ribbon for a fashion-forward embellishment. Get crafting to make your own.

Set the Scene for a Fiendish Feast

Gather a few of your favorite ghouls for a dinner party where handmade Halloween decor with a macabre twist sets the scene.

Kids' Craft: Ribbon-Embellished Pumpkins

Give pumpkins a chic fall makeover with vertical bands of pretty patterned ribbon — no carving required. Get step-by-step instructions.

Scaredy Cat Cut-Out

Create an arched-back black cat for your front yard to give trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests a fright. Learn how to make your own.

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.

Jack-O'-Lantern Luminaries

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.

Bling Out Pumpkins With Upholstery Trim

Easily embellish pumpkins with paint, nail-head trim, ribbon and spiders to create a chic Halloween display — no carving required. Learn how to get this look.

Quick-and-Easy Banner

Turn brown coffee filters and our free printable template into a cute Halloween banner in a snap. Get step-by-step instructions.

Craft a Giant Rat

Our free printable template makes it easy to turn plywood and paint into a creepy indoor or outdoor decoration in the shape of an oversized rat.

Flying Bat Wreath

Easily craft this sculptural Halloween wreath that resembles bats taking flight with craft foam, floral wire, fabric and yarn. 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.

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Felt Leaf Wreath

A grapevine wreath covered with double-sided felt leaves will add festive fall color to your front door from Halloween until Thanksgiving. Learn how to make your own.

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