Turn a craft pumpkin into an adorable spider for Halloween! This pumpkin craft is perfect for preschool, kindergarten and on up.
Autumn comes around and suddenly pumpkin fever begins! And my 4-year-old is not immune. She’s been asking nonstop to do a pumpkin “project,” so today we are sharing a fun and easy pumpkin craft that’s perfect for preschoolers and up. We are going to transform a plain white craft pumpkin into a cute-in-crawly spider with just a few supplies.
The magic starts with a pumpkin and bit of purple paint. Googly eyes and pipe cleaner legs complete the creepy crawly creature.
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- 1 medium white craft pumpkin
- 3/4 or 1 inch purple felt circles (or match color to selected paint color)
- 1 black felt rectangle
- 8 black pipe cleaners
- 4-5 medium googly eyes
- Purple acrylic paint (or any color you prefer)
- Paint brush
- Tacky glue
- Hot glue gun and glue
1. Start by painting your pumpkin and let it dry completely. We decided to paint two coats to create a darker purple.
2. While waiting on pumpkin to dry, cut out two half moons from black felt rectangle, to make the spider fangs. Or give your spider a smile!
3. Next, divide the black pipe cleaners into pairs. Trim each pair to extra-long, long, medium and short to create spider legs.
4. When the pumpkin is fully dry, hot glue each pair of spider legs to each side of the pumpkin. Start with the extra-long legs on top and work your way down, longest to shortest. *We did not glue legs on first but learned quickly that legs should go on first.
6. Next, use the felt circles to cover the spot where the legs were glued on. If your felt pieces have a sticker backing, I’d still use glue. They tend to fall off.
7. Finally, glue the googly eyes and fangs to create the spider’s face.
And you’re done! So easy and cute. My daughter had so much fun working on this project and we are super proud of our cute and crawley spider!