What you will make:
Follow these instructions to make a creepy, crawly spider that can
wiggle and twist about with a few movements of the wrist. Traced fingers
are the basis for this animated spider toy, and a paper fastener allows
it to swivel around.
This is a fun and easy Halloween project that is especially good for
mixed-age groups of children. The older children can help the younger
ones make the creepy-crawly spiders, and everyone will have fun playing
Here's what you need:
- Black construction paper
- Paper fastener
- Black marker
- Optional: Wiggly eyes, stapler
- Scraps of white and yellow paper
(for eyes and fangs)
- White crayon
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Creepy-Crawly Spider Bracelets
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed for
creating the spider bracelets. If you are doing this craft with a group, pre-cutting the
black construction paper will make the craft go faster.
- Step 2: Cut Paper
Cut the black construction paper in half (or quarters) to create
6" by 9" rectangles. Cut a 1" strip off the longer edge
to use as the bracelet.
Tip: If your group includes children with larger
hands, or adults, be sure to have some 9" by 12" sheets
of paper available for them to use.
- Step 3: Trace Fingers
Fold the black construction paper in half. Lay
the child's hand, palm down, across the folded edge about midway through the palm.
Trace around the fingers with
- Step 4: Cut Spider Legs
Cut on the traced outline and unfold to reveal a complete set of
eight spider legs.
- Step 5: Curl Legs
Turn the spider legs over and, with the pencil, roll
the legs around the pencil. This makes the legs curl under and gives
a more creepy, crawly effect.
- Step 6: Make Bracelet
Take the 1"-wide strip and form it into a ring that fits the
child's wrist. Be sure that the ring can easily slip over the child's
hand. Tape or staple the ends together to complete the bracelet.
- Step 7: Assemble Spider
Center the bracelet on the underside of the spider legs and
join them using the paper fastener. Push the paper fastener through the
top of the spider legs into the bracelet, then spread the fastener
- Step 8: Add Eyes and Fangs
Cut or punch two ½" (1 cm) circles from white paper or
cardstock for the eyes, then draw pupils using the black marker. Cut
two fangs from yellow paper or cardstock, being sure to add paper extra at
the top for a glue tab.
Glue the eyes to the top of the spider near the front edge. Fold
the glue tab back on the fangs, then glue the tab to the underside of
the front edge so that the fangs hang down.
Tip: Use wiggly eyes in place of cutout
eyes. They are easier for younger children than cutting out circles.
Make the spider go: Put fingers or wrist through the bracelet
and rock the spider back and forth, creep and crawl around. The paper fastener allows the spider to
twist about, too!
Your spider is done! Who will you
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