Creepy-Crawly Pipe Cleaner Spiders

Add some creepy crawlers to your Halloween decor this year with a simple and fun spider craft made from pipe cleaners and beads. My 3-year-old daughter, Clare, had a great time picking the bead colors and putting them on the legs. After we were done, I let her help pick the places to display them around the house. They haven't stayed there long though--she loves picking them up and playing with them.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. Messy

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your supplies. You can use any colors you want for the material, but to make it more spooky, I would stick with black, orange, and yellow.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Hold 4 pipe cleaners in one hand and bend them in half. Then twist them together in the middle to create a loop for the spider's "body." Twist a couple times to make sure the pipe cleaners are secure. Depending on your kid's age, you may need to do this for them. While I twisted Clare's, I had her pick out the beads she wanted to put on the spider.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Have your child separate the legs (and count them as you go). We made a few of these so Clare got some good counting fun in!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Done!

    Have your child slide beads onto each leg in various positions. This was great for Clare's fine motor skills. To keep the beads from sliding off, just bend the legs to create "joints". Once all 8 legs are done, flip the spider over and admire your Halloween creation!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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