Arachnaphobes beware: Halloween spider crafts to DIY

We’re crawling with spider crafts today – but they’re really not all that creepy. These spiders glitter, sparkle, and even smile. First up is a cute, Daddy Long Leg Spider Kathleen George made with a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and clothes hangers. (A tangled mess of clothes hangers? I find that scarier than a mess of spiders!) Don’t miss the colorful Itsy Bitsy Spiders Kathleen shared yesterday, too.

DIY this cute spider and use up old hangers, too. Easy tutorial on

Daddy Long Leg Spider by Kathleen George.

To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One 2-1/2” ball
    • Four, 1-1/2” balls
    • Scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Felt, a scrap of orange
  • Wiggle eyes, 3/8″, two
  • Clothes hangers, eight; or 16-gage black wire
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or plastic knife*; ruler; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; yardstick; knippers; needle nose pliers

*Note: If you’re working with kids, please have them use a plastic knife, and closely supervise them while they’re cutting.

To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider:

1. Cut the four, 1-1/2″ foam balls in half.

2. Insert the skewers into the 2-1/2” ball and the half balls, and use the skewers as handles while painting the foam shapes. Paint the balls and half balls black. Insert the skewers into a scrap of foam to hold the shapes upright while the paint dries.

3. Measure and cut each hanger into a 16” length, including the elbow. Position the cut so that there’s 4″ on one side of the elbow and 12″ on the other side. If the hangers are not black, paint black and insert into the foam scrap while paint dries. If you’re using 16-gage wire, cut the wire into eight, 16” lengths.

4. If needed, use the pliers to help shape the elbow into a knee, about 4″ from one end. Insert the 4″ ends into the 2-1/2” foam ball, four on each side. Remove the legs, add a dab of glue, and insert the legs again.

5. Glue and insert the end of each leg into a half-ball. Adjust as needed so the spider will stand.

6. Glue on the eyes. Cut the eyebrows and mouth from the orange felt, and glue in place.

Do you remember the purple Tarantula in a Cloche Kathleen shared a while back? This is fun one!

Repurpose an old plastic soda bottle and make a Tarantula in a cloche. Fun idea! for tutorial. cloche

Halloween Tarantula in a Cloche by Kathleen George

I’ve rounded up a few more spider crafts for this Halloween season. Kim from 733 blog has this super-sized spider nesting in her bushes.Eek!

Kim at 733 blog has the tutorial to make this super-sized Halloween Spider.
Crystal made this dazzling spider with sequins. She shares her tutorial for making Sparkling Spiders on her blog Make It Easy Crafts.

Go to Make It Easy Crafts for the tutorial to make this Sparkling Spider. Really cute!
We have more sparkling spiders over on Momnivore’s Dilemma, where Nicolette made Glittering Spiders.

Cute, glittered spiders from Momnivore's Dilemma. DIY tutorial on Momnivore's Dilemma.
If you’d like a video tutorial for making Glittered Spiders, then tune in over on Kraft Clatch. Mona’s helpful tutorial will walk you through it.

Watch the video tutorial on Craft Klatch with Mona to make this glamorous, Glittered Spider.

Eyelashes, ruby red lips and glitter make this one glamorous spider!

I love the spider webs Liz made to display her Spooky Spiders. You can see more over at her blog Say Yes.

Fun Halloween spider tutorial from Liz at Say Yes.

You can almost cuddle with this Furry Spider, and Shatzi from Love and Laundry shares her tutorial over at Sugar Bee Crafts.

He looks so cuddly! Go see the tutorial for this Furry Spider over on Sugar Bee Crafts.

Furry eyelash yarn makes this one huggable! It’s over on Sugar Bee Crafts.

I hope today’s spider crafts haven’t given anyone the heebie jeebies. Are there any Arachnaphobes out there?

Have a great weekend, and happy crafting.


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7 Responses to Arachnaphobes beware: Halloween spider crafts to DIY

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  2. Sandra says:

    Love all the crafts you post including this one ! So cute, and I hate spiders. I will be making some of these for sure. Thanks Sharon.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much, Sandra. It’s fun to share all of these fun ideas, too. I hope you’ll share a photo of your spiders — I’d love to see what you create. Glad you stopped in. Sharon

  3. LisaM6 says:

    Great tuts. I am going to try one of the small spiders for a teacher. A bit of glitter will make it fun. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Isn’t Halloween so fun? So glad that you’ve included the teachers on this season’s list. I wonder if you could add a pin to these and make a piece of Halloween jewelry? Or add them to a headband?? I hope you’ll share a photo of your glittered spiders. Happy crafting, Lisa. Sharon

  4. These are abstoodalutely adorable! TFS!

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