EEK! How to make a super-sized, Halloween Spider!

I have another Halloween craft for kids today, and these super-sized Halloween spiders are kind of cute, in a creepy way. Unless you have arachnophobia, in which case a foot-long spider might send you running for cover! The supplies are easy – STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, chenille stems and duct tape, and it’s a craft kids can make almost on their own. (If they’re a little too creepy for you, then take a look at these colorful, Itsy Bitsy Spiders.)

Creepy, but cute Halloween Spiders. The largest is more than 12" long!

To make a Super-Sized, Halloween Spider, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Large spider: 4” ball (head), 6” egg (body), and two, 1-1/2” balls
    • Small spider: 3” ball (head), 4” egg (body) and two, 1” balls
  • Duct tape: Black, black & white patterned, and red
  • Chenille stems:
    • Large spider: Jumbo chenille in black
    • Small spider: Black & white chenille stems
  • Googly or wiggle eyes
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; carpet needle*; serrated knife*

(*Note: Kids can do a lot of this craft on their own, but always have an adult handle the large needle and serrated knife.)

Kind of creepy but really cute Halloween spiders! DIY on

EEK! The largest spider is more than 12″ long, from tip to tip.

To make a Super-Sized, Halloween Spider:

  1. Twist together the narrow end of the egg with the foam ball, so that they fit together snugly. Do not glue them together yet.
  2. Tear a length of duct tape into strips, and wrap the strips around the foam egg and the foam ball. I used solid black tape for one shape, and patterned tape for the other.
  3. Poke a hole through the duct tape where you will join together the head and the body. Place a dab of glue on a toothpick and insert it into the hole. Add glue on the other end, spread glue around the toothpick, and join the two pieces together.
  4. Legs:
  • For the large spider, cut four, 18” lengths of loopy chenille.
  • For the small spider, cut four, 14” lengths of chenille stems.
  • Bend the chenille stems in half.
  • Cut a slit in each side of the foam egg, right behind the head.
  • Squeeze glue in each slit and insert two chenille stems.
  • Arrange the stems so one pair faces forward and the other towards the back.
  • Bend the chenille stems to form knees and feet.
DIY a Halloween spider with duct tape and Styrofoam.

To add the legs, cut a slit in the foam egg, right behind the head. Add glue and insert the folded pairs of chenille stems.

5. Eyes:

  • Press the 1-1/2” balls and 1” balls against a tabletop, slightly compressing one side.
  • Glue the flattened side of the 1-1/2” balls to the head of the larger spider, and the 1” balls to the head of the smaller spider.
  • Glue wiggle eyes to the foam balls.

6. Fangs:

  • Fold in half 8” of loopy chenille for the large spider.
  • Fold in half 5” of chenille stem for the small spider.
  • Carefully cut a slit in each face below the eyes.
  • Squeeze glue in the slit and insert the 8” stem in the larger spider and the 5” stem in the smaller spider.
  • Shape the fangs.

7. Optional: Cut an hourglass shape from red duct tape, and add to the back of a spider.

These spiders really are cute, and they're made with duct tape and Styrofoam.

If you like, add a red hour glass to the back for a Black Widow.


I like the contrast between the solid black and patterned duct tape, but you could change this up however you like.


What do you think — cute or creepy? Or a little of each?

Through the years, it turns out that I’ve made quite a few duct tape Halloween crafts. These are all easy ideas, so if you’ve not yet started your Halloween crafting, take a look at these projects. Do you have a favorite? Which one do you want to try?

Fun & easy Halloween crafts made with duct tape and Styrofoam brand foam.

Duct Tape Mummies

Halloween Duct Tape Spider Wreath 

Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath  

Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeball Wreath  

Duct Tape Candy Corn Wreath  

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger  

Candy Corn Cuties  

Duct Tape Topiaries  

Halloween Duct Tape Deco Spheres  

What have you crafted with duct tape?

Happy crafting!



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13 Responses to EEK! How to make a super-sized, Halloween Spider!

  1. queenof5dollarbling says:

    These are so cute, thank you for adding them to a Round Up post put together by Sara Lehman as it allowed me to share this with my readers. Also, I conduct a Homeschool Bloggers Shout Out on Monday if you would like to be featured Please let me know. Have a Blessed weekend.

  2. Amanda says:


    I just thought I would send a quick note of thanks. I came across one of your great Halloween crafts and have used it in my Halloween craft ideas round up (with a link to you of course!) on my new blog.

    If you would like to check it out, jump on over and see!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Amanda! You have a lot of cute ideas in your round up, and I’m honored that you included the Duct Tape Spiders. Happy Halloween! Sharon

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  4. I am thinking that my Granddaughter and I need to make a few of these to help her get over her fear of spiders! All she has to do is hear the word spider and she gets petrified and she is only 3! Definitely got to get the materials so we can make some FUN spiders! Thanks for what I hope will be a solution to an annoying fear!! (Spiders are annoying not her fear!)

    • Sharon says:

      Here’s an idea, Barb — let her make her spider in her favorite duct tape pattern! She could even make it pink and sparkly — a sparkly, pink spider might help alleviate her arachnophobia. Have fun and let us know how it goes. Happy crafting! Sharon

  5. These are cute! I love your creativity and whimsy. You are very talented with the Styrofoam projects.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! My projects are always the easy ones, and fortunately, there are some other talented ladies who help out — a lot! — with other crafts you see here. I’m glad you’re enjoying them! What are you working on right now? Sharon

  6. LisaM6 says:

    If only we decorated for Halloween, no trick or treaters in our neck of the woods. Lol
    great spooky spiders

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Lisa, I wish you could decorate, too — I know your house would be the best decorated in the neighborhood! Some years we only have a handful of trick-or-treaters and I never know what to expect. But you have to stock up on candy anyway, just to be sure you have enough, right? 🙂 Sharon

  7. Katiria says:

    Your post made me say “Where’s my duct tape?…I don’t have black duct tape? Where are my car keys? Otta my way, I have to buy black duct tape to make this spider!”

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