Spiders really creep me out. That probably explains why I tend to use spiders a lot in my Halloween decor and crafts. However, this handprint spider paper plate craft is way more cute than creepy!
Kids use their handprint to paint a spider on a paper plate. Once the painted spider is dry, kids can use baker’s twine to spin a spider web on the paper plate. See below for the step-by-step directions.
Handprint Spider Paper Plate Craft
Tools and Materials Needed:
- White Paper Plates
- Black Baker’s Twine (about 5-6 feet per spider web)
- Craft Paint in desired color
- Foam Brush
- Googly eyes (self-adhesive OR use glue on the back)
1. Use scissors to cut 1/2 inch slits at 1 inch intervals all the way around the edge of a paper plate.
2. Use a foam brush to apply a thin layer of paint to the palm and four fingers of hand. (Do not paint thumb.) Press hand down with the palm in the center of the plate, fingers splayed out towards the right. Carefully lift hand straight up from the plate to avoid smearing the handprint. Apply paint to the palm and four fingers again, and press hand down with the palm in the center of the plate (directly on top of where the palm was the first time), fingers splayed out towards the left. Allow paint to dry completely.
The palm of the hand becomes the spider’s body, and fingers become 8 spider legs.
3. Once the paint is dry, attach 2 googly eyes to the spider.
4. Flip paper plate over and use tape to attach one end of a length of black baker’s twine. Weave the twine into one of the slits cut into the paper plate. Flip plate over and continue to weave thread in slits to create a spider web. (You don’t need to use all of the slits.)
5. Use a piece of tape to secure the end of the twine to the back of the plate.
What are your favorite Halloween crafts for kids? Let me know if you have any questions about how to make the Handprint Spider Paper Plate craft.