Paper-Mache Halloween Spider Craft

Dress up your home for Halloween with these decorated paper-mache spiders.

Papier-mache spiders

You'll need:

  • One 8" to 9" round balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Mod Podge
  • Shallow bowl or pie tin
  • Drop cloth
  • Black tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Thick, black pipe cleaners
  • 1 pair of rhinestones
  • Tuft of feathers
  • Acrylic paint in red and orange
  • Glitter paint



1. Inflate balloon and knot. Tie a 2' to 3' piece of string around knot.

2. Tear newspaper into strips. Pour Mod Podge into bowl. Dip in a few strips of newspaper at a time and smooth onto balloon. Repeat until balloon is completely covered.

3. Find a cool, dry place and hang balloon to dry. Cover floor with a drop cloth.

4. Pop balloon and carefully remove remnants from papier-mâché shell. Apply two coats of black paint to shell, allowing time to dry in between.

5. Use glue gun to adhere pipe-cleaner legs, rhinestone eyes and feathers for hair. Decorate spider body with acrylic and glitter paints.