We hope you don't have arachnophobia because the unofficial insect of Halloween is the SPIDER! Yep, those 8-legged, giant crawling, weaving architects that like to catch some delicious prey for a snack. So amazing ... as long as they aren't making their home in one of my bedroom corners.
Your kids can bring a not-so creepy, crawly version to life with this easy watercolor craft project. The end product is so colorful and fun that this is a spider you'll want to invite to hang in your living room ... at least through the end of October!
Creepy Crawly Watercolor Spider Web
What you need:
- White watercolor (thick) paper
- White, gray, or silver oil pastel crayons
- Pencil and ruler
- Watercolors and watercolor brush
- Black construction paper
- Googly eyes
- Use a ruler to draw light pencil lines radiating outward from a center point on your white paper.
- Make curved lines up and down each section all the way around the paper until it resembles a spider web.
- Use a white, gray or silver oil pastel crayon to trace over each pencil line. Press hard! (We started with white, but the kids decided it was too hard to see the white, so we decided to use gray instead.)
- Use watercolors to carefully paint in each area with a different color.
- Create a spider out of construction paper. Your spider should have a head, a thorax (bulbous body), eight spindly legs and eight googly eyes. You can make your spider any way you want to though. Be creative! We made a regular round shaped spider and a square Minecraft-looking spider.
- After your watercolor web is dry, glue your spider onto the web. Then hang up your creation for some colorful, homemade, and not-so-spooky Halloween decorations!
Chanin Victor is the publisher of Macaroni KID Santa Monica, Calif.