Cardboard Tube Spiders for Halloween

I’m the designated spider killer at our house.

Anytime anyone finds a spider, they come find me. Apparently I’m the only one that that isn’t terrified by these little creatures.

Not only am I not terrified, I actually find them quite interesting. Not kidding. And sometimes a little bit cute. Not kidding either.

So, I thought I’d make them so cute that even my kids would appreciate them and came up with this fun Halloween craft: Cardboard Tube Spiders.

*Disclosure: provided some of the supplies we used to make these spiders. The idea and pictures are my own. This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. Please see my Disclosure Page for more details.


Supplies Needed:

Cardboard tubes 
Black paint 
Black fuzzy craft sticks (pipe cleaners) 
Googly eyes

Start by cutting your cardboard tube in half (or quarters if using a paper towel roll).

On opposite sides, use a sharp instrument to poke four holes per side. Grownups – please do this step yourself!

Next it’s time for the kids to take over. Use your black paint to paint each tube.

Of course, you don’t have to stick with black here. Use any color you want for a group of fun and funky spiders.

After the paint is dry, thread 4 pipe cleaners through the holes. Take one pipe cleaner and thread from one side through to the other. Your 4 pipe cleaners will make 8 legs.

Once you have them all threaded, bend and arrange your pipe cleaners to look like spider legs.

For the final step, attach your googly eyes. Some of us used 2 eyes per spiders. My youngest decided to be scientifically correct and use 8 eyes. I think I like that one the best.

Once you’re done, you’ve got some fun Halloween spiders.
Stand them up on a shelf or attach string and dangle them from the ceiling.
Either way, they’re a fun addition to your Halloween decorations.
See, I told you I could make spiders cute!
Make these fun and spooky spiders out of cardboard tubes.It's a fun and easy kids Halloween craft.

You may also like one of these fun Halloween projects:

Paper Plate Jack-O-Lanterns

Black Cat Masks

No-Sew Ghost Pencil Toppers

Halloween Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt



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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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