Make a spooky spider frame for Halloween!
This easy Halloween craft for kids is a fun way to display your costume photos once all the fun is over and makes a lovely keepsake to hang again at Halloween time for years to come.
The finished spider frames could also be used as festive decorations with hand-lettered messages written in them. Boo!
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Year by year Halloween is warming on me. I love that my kids get so excited about getting all dressed up for it and walking around the neighbourhood.
How things have changed in Australia since I was their age! Back in the 80’s nobody went Trick or Treating and if they dared to try they would be given a few sultanas, possibly a 5¢ piece or a “sorry, no treats here” greeting whenever somebody opened their door. Little by little, with a LOT of encouragement from the young, Halloween is becoming more popular and accepted. By the time I have grandchildren I’m guessing it will be an even bigger part of our culture.
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But now, let’s make a spooky spider frame to display those cute costume photos in!
How to make a Spider Frame for Halloween
You will need:
- Craft sticks in Jumbo size
- White yarn
- Black paint
- Thick yarn in any colour you like for the spider
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes — or use our free printable paper eyes for a more eco-friendly version
- Craft glue
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors and paint brush
- Paint the craft sticks black and allow to dry
- Roll some thick yarn around your four fingers. If this sounds awkward or tricky you might find wrapping the yarn around a square of cardboard easier
- Slide the bunch of yarn off your fingers and tie tightly in the centre. Flip over and tie tightly on the opposite side
- Cut 2 pipe cleaners in half so you have four half-lengths
- Wrap each around the centre of your yarn. Twist and press flat so they look like spider legs
- Cut the looped ends of the yarn ball and trim into a rough ball shape on each side. This is your spider!
- Glue two googly eyes in place
- Glue the craft sticks into a frame shape.
- Wrap white yarn around the frame to look like a web. Tie it off.
- Hot glue the spider on the front
Ta-da! Now you have a spider frame. Glue a photo into place, or a sheet of paper and write a spooky halloween message on it for decoration.
Now hang it up for a spooky decoration! You can find the instructions for the cute black cat egg carton costume my daughter is wearing in the above pic here. The free printable mask template for the “Super Hero Princess” costume (something my daughter dreamed up in 1st grade) can be found here.
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• Make a fluffy pom pom spider using our DIY pom pom maker
• These yarn doll ghosts give a spooky twist to a classic yarn dolls
• Have some fun with a spooky pom pom popper!
• Use our printable pattern to sew these cute ghost stick puppets