Papier-Mâché Spider

7-10 year olds | two hours

This paper mache spider is perfect for Halloween or just everday fun!

What You'll Need

  • Round balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Flour-water glue
  • Pan and stirrer
  • Aluminum foil
  • Hot glue
  • Black tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • Googly eyes (optional)


  1. Blow up and tie a round balloon.
  2. Tear newspaper into strips about 1-inch wide.
  3. Dip strips of newspaper in flour-water glue and cover the entire balloon.
  4. Have at least two or three layers. After each layer, let it dry overnight.
  5. Pop the balloon and throw it away.
  6. Make eight legs from alluminum foil, and hot glue them onto the spider. 
  7. Paint the spider black and let it dry.
  8. Paint the spider's eyes or glue googly eyes.
  9. Your spider is ready to display!

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