Last Minute Room Mom: Easy-Peasy Paper Plate Spider Web

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I love this quick, easy Paper Plate Spider Web craft! It is the perfect last minute craft for school parties or to do with your little loves on a rainy afternoon. Thanks to my best friend Rachel for sharing this idea with me!

The best part: you probably have all the supplies in your house. 

The entire project takes about 10 minutes to complete. For my 7-year olds class, I plan to prep the plates by cutting the center out and punching the holes. 

Supplies:

  • Paper Plates (I used white; but you could use any color or pattern)
  • Yarn in orange, black, white or green (or again, whatever you have)
  • Plastic spiders or other critters (spider rings work great too)
  • Crayons; clear tape; single hole punch

Make it:

1. Cut out the center of the paper plate. 

2. On the inside ring of the paper plate, use your hole punch to make 10 evenly spaced holes.

3. Cut a length of yarn (about 2-3 feet worth). Tape one end on back of plate by one hole, leaving 2 inches of extra yarn to tie into a loop for hanging. 

4. Wrap a small amount of tape around the other end of the yarn. This creates a makeshift “needle” that will make weaving the yarn easier.

5. Weaving the yarn threw the holes on the inside ring of the plate, making a spider web pattern. After going through the last hole, cut yarn and tape cut end to back of plate.

6. Grab your spider or other creature. Nestle/weave in yarn or wrap a piece of clear tape around the spider legs and a piece of yarn to secure it in the web.

7. Decorate outside ring of spider web with crayons.

Happy Halloween! 

Retro Crafts: Pasta Skeleton

skeletonWe spend Monday afternoons in the Children’s section of a small local library, while my oldest has tutoring.  I love paging through the old craft books–the ones that existed before Pinterest–to find fun, frugal crafts.

The moment I saw this Pasta Skeleton in a book, I knew we had to make it.  The end result is fantastic, spooky and because of Lily’s idea to paint it all with glow in the dark paint, it glows all night long.

While we figured out how to construct our skeleton, the girls got a quick lesson in a anatomy–bonus education points! I plan on packing our Skeleton (named Sally) away in our Halloween decoration bin. I love saving the best holiday pictures and crafts each year. Each year these handcrafted memories become part of our annual holiday decor.

We made our skeleton life size; but you could make any size you like. The whole project took about an hour. I let the glue dry overnight and then hung on the wall using Command Poster Strips.

The supplies are simple:

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  • Black construction paper or poster board in any size you want (We made alife-size skeleton, so we used multiple sheets of 11 x 14; but you could go small or big or whatever)
  • Pasta–Various kinds (we used lasagna, bowties, mini wheels, rigatoni, ditalini, tiny little stars and linguini. But you can use whatever you have)
  • School Glue
  • Glow in the dark paint (you can find in the paint aisle at any craft store)
  • Other paint colors, if you want to add flair
  • Picture of an anatomically correct Skeleton

imageTo make the big life sized skeleton:

1. Work in sections; first begin with the head and work your way down and out. Use whatever pasta speaks to you. Long pastas like spaghetti and lasagna were great for arms and legs. Smaller tubular pastas like ziti work great for creating skulls and details at knees and elbows.

2. Refer to my pasta skeleton images and also to a photo of an anatomically correct skeleton.

3. After gluing all your pasta on the paper, lightly paint with glow-in-the-dark paint. Add any fun color details you like (we painted Sally’s bow pink; and added pink on her magic pasta wand).

4. Let dry for a few hours and hang!

Happy Halloween!