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