Big Hairy Tarantula

By Noreen Doll.

Craft a delightful big hairy tarantula.  He would love to sit in the center of your table.

Kids will delight in making this fun and easy spider.


1 Small Paper Plate

1 Paper Bowl, the same size around as the plate

4 Black Bump Chenille Stems

2 Large Wiggly Eyes

Paper Punch

Black Yarn

Clothespins (Dollar Tree) or Clamps


1. Ahead of time:  Cut one 3 foot length of black yarn for each spider that will be made.

Dip your thumb and first finger in white glue and apply it to the end of the yarn for about the last 2 inches.

Twist the end to a point.  Let dry.

Repeat with the other end.  These stiff ends will be used to poke the yarn through the holes as the edges are stitched together.

2. If you can’t find black paper bowls and plates, paint paper ones black.

Paint the bottoms of the bowl and plate, and the top of the rims black.

3. Make 2 small holes in the plate rim where each leg will go. If the hole is too big the legs will be wobbly.

An ice pick works best for this and should be done by an adult.  You could make a template with one plate and then use it to quickly punch leg holes in all the plates.

You need 4 sets of 2 holes on each side as shown – for 8 legs. Note the space left at the front and back.

4. Cut each chenille stem in half, using 1 half stem for each leg.

Poke 1 end of a half stem down through the outer hole on the plate rim, down under the rim, and back up through the inner hole. See the drawing above.


Bend the short end back toward the edge of the plate and press flat to the plate.

5. Attach all the legs.

6. Place the bowl upside down over the right side up plate, and clamp clothespins at intervals around the edge to hold them together while punching and stitching.

Punch holes evenly around the bowl for stitching, working around the leg holes.

7. Use the stiffened ends of the black yarn for a needle.

Start with one end and stitch over and under until you have stitched all the way around.

If the stiff end becomes too soft to work with, use the other stiff end, working in the opposite direction until the ends meet.

Tie a knot – preferable on the underside of the big hairy tarantula.

8. Bend each leg down at the narrow part of the stem between the bumps as shown.

Bend the narrow part of the end up for a foot.

9. Spread the back 4 legs -2 on each side – toward the back of the spider.

Spread the front 4 legs – 2 on each side – toward the front of the spider.

10. Glue the 2 eyes, touching each other, to the center of the big hairy tarantula’s front.


Be sure to place them high enough on the body.

Mega bug scoop for big hairy tarantula.

Big Hairy Tarantula for Adults

Because I had trouble with some parts of assembling the tarantula, I realized that plastic bowls and plates wouldn’t work for kids.

The plastic was fragile and wanted to split between the holes.

An adult could use the plastic dishes, being gentle adding the legs.

So here are adult directions for the big hairy tarantula if you want to use plastic plates and bowls, so you don’t have to paint paper ones.


1 Plastic Plate

1 Plastic Bowl

4 Black Chenille Bump Stems

2 Wiggly Eyes

Hot Glue



1. Make leg holes in plate rim. Leave a bit of space between them so the holes don’t rip into one large hole.

2. Cut chenille stems in half – using one half for each leg of the big hair tarantula.

3. Poke one end of a stem down through the edge hole, across under the rim, and up through the center hole.

Gently bend the short end back toward the plate edge and flatten.

Attach all the legs to the big hairy tarantula, like this.

4. Bend each leg down at the narrow part of the stem between the bumps as shown.

Bend the narrow part of the end up for a foot.

5. Have your bowl and clothespins ready.

Put hot glue around the top rim of the plate where the clothespins are shown below.

Quickly align the bowl upside down on the plate edge and clamp in several places with the clothespins. Let cool.

6. Leave the clothespins on for security while you gently lift the front edge of the bowl and add hot glue around the rim.

Immediately clamp the newly glued area with several clothespins.

Let the glue cool.

7. Gently spread the legs as in number 9 above.

8. Glue the 2 eyes, touching each other, to the center of the big hairy tarantula’s front.

Be sure to place them high enough on the big hairy tarantula’s body.


Because the holes tore through in one spot on my spider, I had to make new ones.  Since everything is so black, it didn’t even show.

I did not hot glue between the legs because the chenille stems hold the dishes apart in that area and it seemed to be fine without it.

Noreen Doll

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  1. FABULOUS!! I love this!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Cute cute cute!
    Dropping in from Inspire Me Monday

  3. Wowwww It looks AMAZING
    Super creative of you and wonderful result!

  4. So cute! I work in a daycare and will definitely be taking this craft to work with me! Thanks so much for sharing! *stopping by from The Gunny Sack*

  5. He is soooo cute. Not too scary either.

    If you get a chance I would love for you to come share your tutorial at my Fall Edition Pin Party.

  6. Simply creative! Great job! :)

  7. very creative! It will be fun doing them with kids! Dropping by from Inspire me MOnday!

  8. This is too cute! I hate spiders, but I love this one.

  9. He sure is cute for a big scary spider! My girls would love to make this! Thanks so much for sharing on the We Made That Linky!

  10. I love him!! Fabulous tutorial too! Thanks for linking up and sharing your fun craft with us! We wil be making one of these for sure!

  11. Hi! This looks amazing! I found you on Lil’ Luna’s Link party and I would love it if you would share it at my link party at and any other of your great links you would like to. See you at the party!

  12. This is so cute. Please share this on Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3. Feel free to add any other arts, crafts and play posts too. I hope to see you there.

    : 0 ) Theresa

  13. Noreen,
    LOVE THIS! I love Halloween and my daughter and I will definitely be making these this year. Thanks so much for sharing at Creative Thursday. I can’t wait to see what you share next week :)

  14. This is awesome! I was thinking about doing something similar with an egg carton. Your bug scoop is the best part :)

  15. Thanks so much for visiting. I really appreciate all your lovely comments!

  16. Cute!! I’ll have to do this with my little guy! I’d love for you to link this project up to Do Something Crafty Friday:

  17. Just noticed that you already linked up…so cute!!

  18. I had a similar idea but this is much better – I never thought of a bowl to make it 3d. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Just wanted to let you know that you were featured on homework today! Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your beautiful project. I truly appreciate it. Have a great weekend.

  20. Well, very creative and perfect for halloween! :)


  21. You are on a Halloween roll! this is so fun!

  22. Very cute. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  23. Wonderfully fun and timely. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.

  24. Hi! I’d like to invite you to join our Halloween Link Drive!

  25. SO cute… if you can say that about a spider! :) Love it, what a fun Halloween craft for little ones! You are a featured favorite this weekend on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks again for sharing last week! Hope to see you this week!
    Mackenzie :)

  26. So cute! I love this little guy!

  27. My boys are gonna LOVE this one! thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  28. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing it my linky party….perfect for kids when using paper plates 😀

  29. What a really cute and fun idea! My son would go crazy over this. I will pin this for next year! I saw this on Making Monday Link Party and I am so glad I did! Maybe you could stop by my Link Up party on Friday for Family Fridays!

  30. A cute way of holding your clips! Very creative!

  31. I found your post at Inspire Me Monday and pinned it to my insects board :) This will be a fun spider project to do! Thank you for sharing!

  32. Fab! I love paper plate crafts :)

    Found you via the Creative Monday’s Blog Hop

  33. Oh my word, this is so clever. Thanks for the tutorial and Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  34. This is adorable!! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!!

  35. For a quick second, I thought it was a real spider! I almost shrieked! Then I quickly realized it was a craft! Great post!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

  36. VERY creative and i love how detailed your instructions and pictures are. Hi from the Social Media 2-for-Tuesday :)

  37. Love your projects, and this one with directions for kids and adults. Always fun for the kids!
    I linked over from the Craftastic Link Party where I am participating with my

    I would love it if you’d stop by.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  38. How creative. Such a clever project. Thank you for sharing it on Twirl and Take a Bow. Join us again any Tuesday! ~Tammy

  39. This craft has been featured in our Bug Craft Round-Up on Artsy Play Wednesday linky. Thanks for linking up!

  40. Can a spider be cute!? YES! Love this and the little ones will too! Thanks so much for sharing at Twirl and Take a Bow! ox

  41. Your spider is super cute! You should come link up at the Click and Chat Link Up Party!

  42. Thank you! Thus far my children and I have worked on pumpkins, scarecrows, bats, ghosts, and witches. Next comes the spider, this is a perfect addition to our craft time.

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