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

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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

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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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