Pipe Cleaner Yarn Spiders to Spook for Halloween

We’ve been having a bit of fun with our cute little yarn spiders. We play a little game with him, he’s been hiding all over the house. It can be a little spooky finding a GIANT spider in your sock drawer!

Pipe Cleaner Yarn Spiders

It can get a little nuts all the places we hid him. For the game: I place the yarn spiders in my son’s room under his pillow, and once he finds him, he’ll hide the spider some place else. This is fun to play all month long!

For a classroom party game:

*a bit like “Hot or Cold”

One child goes out of the room and another child hides the spider. The one child comes back into the room and tries to find it. All the other children in the room can say if the one child is getting “hotter” or “colder” with the hidden spider, meaning closer or farther away. Once the spider is found, play again.Kids always love this game!

Make your own yarn spiders, watch our video:


  • ┬áblack yarn
  • 2 black pipe cleaners
  • scissors
  • cardboard piece 1.5 x 5 inches
  • 2 googly eyes
  • glue


1. Bend your piece of cardboard in half lengthwise. This helps with adding pipe cleaners later.

2. Wrap your yarn around the cardboard piece 75 times. You can go more or less times around, but this is best for this size of spider. Once you’re done wrapping, cut off the yarn a few inches off of the ball. Let it hang, later it will get trimmed.

3. Cut each pipe cleaner in half, so you have 4 smaller halves. Slide them through the center of the yarn ball, while it’s still on the cardboard. You will want to thread them through one at a time.

4. Once all 4 pipe cleaner pieces are through, carefully slide it all off of the cardboard.

5. Bend 4 of the pipe cleaners to the left and 4 of the pipe cleaners to the right, top and bottom (see photo below).

6. Twist all 4 of the right side of pipe cleaners together 1-2 times. Twist all 4 of the left side of pipe cleaners together 1-2 times.

Once it is all twisted together, you can trim off the extra piece of yarn, don’t worry, it will hold.

7. Bend each of the pipe cleaner ends in half, creating it’s “legs”.

8. Glue on 2 googly eyes to one side of the spider. Let him dry for an hour or so before playing.

Have fun hiding your little spooky spider for Halloween!

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