Halloween Spider Preschool Craft

This little black spider is easy to make and so is his spooky spider web. A small recycled cup becomes a not-too-scary spider in minutes with a few basic craft supplies and lots of imagination.

Halloween spider recycled craft for kids

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I'm not a fan of most creepy crawlies, but I don't mind spiders - especially in kids crafts.

So far we've used a variety of paints to make a rainbow spider and a brown spider. Now we're bringing out the black paint for this Halloween spider craft.

Halloween spider craft

Halloween crafts are good un-scary fun! This might be called a spooky spider activity but he actually looks quite friendly! This craft is perfect for engaging fine motor skills, including handling small parts for painting and gluing. 

Kids can have fun making the spider, then help the spider spin his web.


 Halloween spider craft with recycled cup and chenille stems

  • black paint
  • black chenille stems
  • craft eyes
  • hole punch
  • disposable cup
  • black pompoms or furry fabric 


 Instructions for the spider

Painting activity for Halloween spider craft


1. Paint the cup

Place the cup upside down on a foam tray. Turn the tray as you paint so you can reach all areas of the cup without getting your fingers in the paint, unless finger painting becomes part of the fun!  Steady the cup by placing your pointer finger on the top as you paint.

Spider craft with Halloween theme for kids art activity


2. Hole punch

When the paint is dry, hole punch four times around the open rim of the cup.

3. Make spider legs

Cut four chenille stems in half to make them just the right length for the spider legs.

Push a chenille stem through one of the holes and twist in the middle at the edge of the cup. This secures it in place while at the same time creating two legs from the one chenille stem.

Halloween spider craft painting activity for kids

4. Complete the spider

Bend each chenille stem to form the legs.

Glue pompoms or felt or a round piece of furry fabric (as shown) to the top of the spider's head.

Glue on two craft eyes.


This spooky spider is ready to spin his web!

Instructions for the web

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1. Cut a piece of white paper to fit inside a shallow bake pan.

2. Drop a dab of black paint into the center of the pan, or a few small dabs throughout the paper.

3. Roll a marble around inside the pan. Hold the pan with two hands and gently rock side to side to move the marble. The marble rolls through the paint, making thin crisscrossing lines resembling a spider web.


Halloween spider preschool painting activity


This Halloween craft wasn't scary at all! And the spider and his web are ready for Halloween fun!

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