This Halloween craft idea – a spider web candy basket made of simple yarn and glue – was inspired by a love of Halloween, a little inspiration from Redbook, and you guessed it, a craving for candy.
Whether you’re looking for a Halloween craft idea for your preschool or elementary classroom or simply want a fun kid craft project to create at home, you’ll enjoy this quick, easy and inexpensive way to create a nifty Halloween candy basket.
I tried this Halloween craft idea with my 4-year-old son, and we both enjoyed making this fun kid craft. The yarn is easy for small children to handle, using scissors helps them develop their fine motor skills, and it’s fun to get your hands all gluey no matter how old you are!
To make this Halloween craft, you will need:
An old newspaper
Clear-drying glue (white school glue works fine)
Black yarn (and orange yarn, if you like)
Scissors (safety scissors if your child is helping)
Now follow these simple steps to complete this fun kid craft:
Inflate the Balloon
You’ll use the balloon to form the shape of your spider web bowl, so for a larger bowl, inflate fully. For a smaller bowl, use less air. Tie closed. Nestle the inflated balloon into one of the bowls. A mixing bowl works well to hold the balloon in place.
Cut the Yarn
Hand your preschooler some safety scissors and ask her to cut varying lengths of yarn. To create the spider web effect, longer strings (about 12 inches) work well. You can stick to black only or mix in a bit of orange to make your web a little more festive. This is a Halloween craft idea, after all!
Get to Gluing
Pour about half a cup of glue into a small bowl. An old butter tub or other disposable plastic bowl works well. Then simply dip the lengths of yarn you’ve cut into the glue, being sure to fully saturate them. Replenish your glue as needed.
Make your Web
What makes this fun kid craft a true Halloween craft idea are the colors of the yarn and the spider web-like design you create. As you take each strand of yarn out of the glue, run it through two fingers to remove the excess glue. Then simply drape them in a web pattern on the top and around the sides of the balloon (leaving an opening on the end inside the bowl). Layer strands of yarn over each other, crisscrossing to form a base that will hold whatever you place inside once it’s dry.
Give your Halloween Craft Some Air
Allow your basket to dry overnight. You’ll find that the glue will dry clear and the yarn will harden.
Pop it and Voila!
Once dry, use a pin to pop the balloon. This was fun for us because the balloon started pulling away from the yarn and glue automatically and made an unexpected crackling sound! Carefully pull the deflated balloon away and discard.
Turn it over and you should have a spider web basket that you can use to hold Halloween candy on your desk or next to your front door. I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun kid craft!
This Halloween craft idea inspired by: “Get Crafty,” May 2008, Redbook Magazine.