How to Make a Paper Mache Spider for Halloween

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A paper mache spider is a perfect craft to make in an arts and crafts class at school. This craft should be done a week or two before Halloween so that students have a chance to display the spider at home. It will also take two art classes to finish since the paper mache must dry before the rest of the spider can be completed. With careful planning and preparation this craft can be an October delight.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Newspaper
  • 1 Balloon
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Blow up a balloon and tie it shut. This is the base of your spider.

  • In a bowl combine the flour and the water and mix thoroughly. This is your paper mache paste. It will be a little runny.

  • Cut up your newspaper in to strips. They should be about 1 1/2 inches wide and about 8 inches long. Dunk the strips in to the paper mache paste and wipe off excess paste with your fingers. Place the strip on your balloon. Completely cover the balloon with newspaper paste strips and then do it again a second time.

  • Set your balloon out to dry overnight.

  • Paint the balloon black like a spider and allow it to dry.

  • Tape 3 to 4 pipe cleaners to each side of the spider creating spider legs. Bend the pipe cleaners in to a spider like position.

  • Use your construction paper to add details to your spider. You can give your spider some white fangs or white eyes. You can even cut out an hourglass for the spiders back which would make the spider a black widow. If you have google eyes you can use those. Whatever you cut out or decide to use glue it on to the spider.

  • Tie a long piece of yarn around your spider. Tie the top end to a ceiling fan or curtain rod. You can position your spider to look like it is climbing up your curtain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean your mixing bowl and spoon right away so that the mixture doesn't turn in to glue and stick.
  • Paper mache is messy. Make sure you wear clothes that you don't care about.

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