Here is how to make Halloween spiders from pipe cleaners for some cute spooky fun!
These spiders are very easy and quick to make. And they are really cute in their own poisonous way.
1. What you will need to make one spider:
1 pipe cleaner
2 small googly eyes
Crochet thread in a color that matches the pipe cleaner
Thin clear plastic cord (fishing line or beading & jewelry cord)
1 pair of pliers
1 pair of wire cutters
Craft glue (not included in the photo)
2. Cut the pipe cleaner into four equal parts, using the wire cutters.
3. Hold the 4 pieces of the pipe cleaner together and twist them a couple of times around their middle. You should now be able to see 8 spider legs!
4. (If you do not wish you hang your spiders, you can skip this step.) Tie one end of the clear plastic cord onto the middle of the spider (marked by the green circle in the photo). Make the knot at the top center of the spider. You can cut this cord as long or short as you like. We made ours approximately 60 cm (24″) long.
5. Leaving approximately 4 cm (1 1/2″) loose, wrap the crochet thread around the middle of the spider. Be sure to make these loops on both sides of the plastic cord, so that the spider will hang nicely.
6. When you have wrapped enough crochet thread to make a firm spider body, tie the two loose ends on one side of the spider’s body. Then, cut the loose ends, leaving approximately 5 mm (1/4″).
7. Adjust the lengths of the legs, by cutting them if necessary. Then, bend the tips of all of the legs, as shown by the arrow in the photo. Using the pliers, squeeze the ends of the spider’s legs to make nicely rounded tips.
8. Using your fingers, apply a bit of craft glue onto the tips of the crochet thread and shape them into two tiny spider fangs.
9. Glue on the googly eyes.
10. Bend the legs so they look more spider-like.
These spiders make super adorable Halloween decorations.
Or, for more suspenseful fun, how about hanging the spiders in partially hidden places to scare some unsuspecting family member?
Perhaps you could try: in between the folds of a hanging towel, in a dark corner of a room, on top of a light switch, hanging from the ceiling… Have a lot of fun! (But please be careful not to leave the spiders in dangerous places where people could get hurt when startled, such as on a staircase.)
My daughter decided to create a much larger spider so it could sneak up on her Daddy from under his chair!
Luna the Halloween Witch was so pleased to meet her new eight-legged friends that she decided to have her portrait taken with them!