How to Make Fake Spiders

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Make creepy crawly spiders from everyday household materials. Choose from the furry legged egg carton or the stumpy paper towel roll. Each spider has it’s own personality and is sure to spook you this Halloween season.

How to make fake spiders with household items.
How to make fake spiders with household items. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Egg Carton Spiders

Things You'll Need

  • Egg carton
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Peel & stick wiggle eyes
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
Supplies to make a fake spider.
Supplies to make a fake spider. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Step 1: Make the Spider Body

The body of the spider will be made from an egg carton. Cut one section off and trim around the bottom to make it even.

Cut off one section from the egg carton.
Cut off one section from the egg carton. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Step 2: Paint the Body

Using a foam brush, paint the outside of the egg carton with black acrylic paint. Allow to dry.

Paint the egg carton with black acrylic paint.
Paint the egg carton with black acrylic paint. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Tip

  • Use another egg carton section to hold the paint.

Step 3: Poke Holes for Legs

With the tip of the scissors, poke 4 holes on each side of the carton for the legs. Leave a gap at the front and the back.

Poke 4 holes on each side for the legs.
Poke 4 holes on each side for the legs. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Warning

  • Supervise children when using scissors and hot glue gun.

Step 4: Attach Pipe Cleaners

From the under side of the carton, criss cross 4 pipe cleaners evenly through the holes and secure with hot glue.

Criss cross 4 pipe cleaners through the holes.
Criss cross 4 pipe cleaners through the holes. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Step 5: Form the Pipe Cleaners into Legs

Bend each pipe cleaner to create 8 spider legs. Peel and stick the wiggle eyes to bring your spider to life.

Bend each pipe cleaner to form legs.
Bend each pipe cleaner to form legs. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Paper Towel Roll Spiders

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel roll or toilet paper roll
  • Peel & stick wiggle eyes
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Step 1: Cut the Paper Towel Roll and Paint

Cut the tube to 3 1/4 inch and paint the outside black with a foam brush. Allow to dry.

Cut tube and paint black.
Cut tube and paint black. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Step 2: Cut Slits in the Roll

Cut 10 - 1 1/2 inch slits on each end of the tube.

Cut slits on each end of the tube.
Cut slits on each end of the tube. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Step 3: Create a Dome

On one side, bend the pieces towards the center, creating a dome. Apply a little hot glue under the top flaps to secure.

Bend towards the center to create a dome.
Bend towards the center to create a dome. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Step 4: Fold Flaps

On the other side, fold two flaps under -- one on the front and one on the back, leaving you with 4 sections on each side.

Fold flaps in on front and back.
Fold flaps in on front and back. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Step 5: Cut Flaps in Half

Cut each of the remaining flaps in half and fold every other one towards the center, creating 8 spider legs.

Cut and fold every other flap.
Cut and fold every other flap. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Step 6: Fold Legs

Fold each leg so the body sits above the surface. Add the finishing touches with wiggle eyes and paper fangs.

Fold legs and add finishing touches.
Fold legs and add finishing touches. (Image: Angie Diersman)
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