kid craft: easy pipe cleaner spiders

My son, Oscar, loves Halloween.  Whether that love stems from his October birthday or the fact that we did like 4 trick or treating sessions last year, I'll never know (I have my suspicions), but he really looks forward to it.  Last week we started decorating the house at his request, and one of the new items we made was a set of easy pipe cleaner spiders.  We stick to the fun and friendly side of Halloween around here.


They couldn't be more simple - the only supply you need is black pipe cleaners.  The project is easy enough for school aged children, and quick enough to keep the attention of observing toddlers.
1.  You'll need 7 pipe cleaners for a large spider.
2.  Twist 2 pipe cleaners together to make one large strand.
3.  Wind the long strand around your finger to create the body.  You want it to look nice and round, but still have a hole through the middle.

4.  Take four more pipe cleaners and twist them together in the center to create the eight spider legs.
5.  Thread the legs through the hole in the body so there are four legs on each side.
6.  Bend the legs on either side, and spread them out a bit.
7.  Twist the end of each leg to create a little foot.
8.  Using your last pipe cleaner, wind it into another ball, leaving a slight tail at the end.  Tuck the tail into the body of the spider towards the front, creating a head.

All done!  We made a little family of spiders to add to our mantle.   Have you started decorating for Halloween?

22 comments:

Liam's Mummy said...

We might have to give this a try - my boys would love making spiders!

Stephanie said...

We will be making these today, thanks for the idea!

Sandee said...

i think they need some googly eyes. :)

Jill said...

Cute idea! I'm all for quick and easy Halloween decorations. And I agree that goggly eyes would make them even better. :)
--Jill
from Jill Made It

Butterfly Baby Place said...

This is a great idea! I'm having a kids halloween party and these are going to be part of my decorations! Cheap and really cute!

Diana Smith said...

SO adorable and looks so simple! Love the idea

bandz said...

Were did you buy the black pipecleaners?

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Theophanie said...

Cool, thanks. :)

Wag Doll said...

Aw these are so cute, even if they are spiders LOL! x

Ashley Slater said...

my nephews and nieces will love this. thanks for sharing!

following your adorable blog now!

xo,
ashley
Adventures of Newlyweds

Anonymous said...

Long ago, my grandma gave me a spider very similar to this. I think he had a large black wooden bead for a body, googly eyes AND a black plastic top hat on his little head...very dashing! thanks for the walk down memory lane!

Allison said...

We did this today. Thanks for the idea.

V and Co. said...

going to micheals and buying some to hang from our chandelier in our dining room. :) hope you are doing well!

laurenb said...

Just wanted to say how much I LOVE your blog!! Came across it recently and I am addicted to sifting through your pictures for inspiration, great work!!!

Awnya Boam said...

Love these! Thanks for sharing!

Courtney Stone said...

Doing these today with my daughter! And adding the goodly eyes!! Thanks! -C

Courtney Stone said...

Googly

chelsea shearon said...

What a quick project! My daughter must have seen pipe cleaner spiders some where. She asked me to make one with some some black cleaners she found. Your directions were extremely helpful and so EASY. Thank you for your help!

Mademoiselle Curzan said...

Thanks for sharing! I used your idea to make a BuzzFeed list for teachers. Thanks for being so creative and sharing! http://www.buzzfeed.com/madinapapadopoulos/10-last-minute-halloween-crafts-for-teachers-ehw3

william alberto said...

Creativity at its best.. You have used cleaning pipe to make spider.. Awesome stuff.. i will try this with my kids

william alberto said...

Creativity at its best.. You have used cleaning pipe to make spider.. Awesome stuff.. i will try this with my kids.

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