I've had a swarm of paper plate spiders take over my house the last couple days! Luckily they are the cute kind that I don't mind having around! ;-) These are so simple to make, your kids will LOVE them and they make spooktacular Halloween decorations!!
Supplies you will need:
- small paper plates(2 per spider)
- acrylic paint (any color you choose)
- googly eyes (we used varying sizes, 8 per spider)
- chenille stems (4 per spider -- we used the Kids Craft glitter brand from Wal-mart to make our spiders extra bright and sparkly)
- paint brush
- school glue
1. Paint the underside of two paper plates with acrylic paint and let them dry completely.
2. When they are dry, cut the four chenille stems in half to make 8. Bend each chenille stem once to make a leg, and while holding the two paper plates together, put the chenille stem in between the plates and staple it down. Do this with all 8 legs and then use the stapler to close around the rest of the plates.
3. Glue on eight wiggly eyes of different sizes on the top of your spider. (As a side note, my kids are way smarter than me because I didn't even know that most spiders have eight eyes. After they insisted on gluing on 8 eyes, I googled it and sure enough, they were right!)
4. Lastly, punch a hole in the top of the spider and tie a white string through it so you can hang it up as if it's coming down it's spider web.
My son's black spider is extra creepy!! He told me it was a black widow. Yikes! These look super fun hanging down at varying lengths along my living room curtains as Halloween decorations.
Looking for books about Spiders?
- Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk
- Little Miss Spider by David Kirk
- Spiders by Gail Gibbons
- The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out! by Troy Cummings