Paper Spider

Make an easy paper spider for Halloween or for your theme on bugs and critters.

Safety Tips

  • Kids 8 years and younger should use child-safe scissors.
  • Small craft materials such as beads or wiggle eyes are choking hazards. These are not appropriate for use by children below the age of three.
Paper Spider craft

Materials

  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Crayons or colored pencils (optional)

Steps

Step 1 Paper Spider 1. Cut out an oval shape and a small circle from black construction paper. These will be the spider's body and head.
Step 2 Paper Spider 2. To make the legs, cut 4 thin strips from black construction paper. Make the strips at least 4 times as long as the spider's oval body.

*Note that the paper should be thick enough to allow the spider to stand up. For extra sturdy legs, you can always opt to use pipe cleaner.
Step 3 Paper Spider 3. Glue the round head onto the oval body.
Step 4 Paper Spider 4. Glue the four pairs of legs onto the body.
Step 5 Paper Spider 5. Flip the spider over so that the glued parts are concealed underneath. Crease each of the eight legs in the middle.
Step 6 Paper Spider 6. Crease the hinge between each leg and the body.
Step 7 Paper Spider 7. Your paper spider should be able to stand up on its eight legs.
Step 8 Paper Spider 8. If your spider could not stand up well, chances are one or more legs are shorter than the others. You will need to trim off the ends of the legs so that all of them are touching the ground.
Step 9 Paper Spider 9. Finish up by gluing on some wiggle eyes or by drawing eyes with crayons or colored pencils. Did you know that some spiders have more than 2 eyes? Some species even have as many as 8 eyes! Here are some interesting spider facts to read:

More Ideas

Paper Spider with String   Tape a string at the back of the spider to hang it from the ceiling or window frame. This would be a great craft to make with the Itsy Bitsy Spider nursery rhyme or with other spider-themed stories.
Clip-on Paper Spider   Glue a wooden clothespin at the back of the spider to make it into a clip-on spider. Attach them all around your room as fun Halloween décor!
Paper plate spider web craft   You can also make a fun web for your spider. Follow our instructions for making a Paper Plate Spider Web.

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