Make a Wood Bead Spider

Add a spooky creature to your Halloween decor with just a few wood beads and some paint. We'll show you how you can make a whole web of beaded spiders in just minutes!

Make scary spiders in all sizes by stringing wood beads onto craft wire and adding a coat of spray paint. Purchase various sizes of wood beads to create a set of spiders that is perfect for any Halloween decor setup. Coat with black paint for a traditional spooky look, or match existing elements of your decor by spraying the spiders in another color, like silver or gold. 

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What You'll Need

  • Wood beads in two sizes 
  • Craft wire
  • Scissors or wire cutters
  • Hot glue 
  • Black spray paint

Step 1: Form the body

Decide how big you want the finished spider to be and choose two sizes of wood beads; you may want to lay out a pattern of beads to estimate the spider's finished measurements. Take three of the largest size of beads and attach them with hot glue to form the spider's main body.

Step 2: String legs

When the spider's body is formed, choose a slightly smaller size of beads to use for the spider's legs. Lay out eight of these beads in a line and cut a piece of thin craft wire that measures a few inches longer than the string of beads. String the beads onto the middle of the wire, using the extra length on each end to wrap around the end beads, securing all the beads on the wire. Repeat this step until eight legs are formed. 

Step 3: Attach legs

When all eight legs are formed, make eight evenly spaced marks on the spider's body. We made two marks on either side of the body's middle bead, and two marks on either side of the right bead; we left the left bead free to form the spider's head. Once the leg locations are marked, attach each leg with hot glue.

Step 4: Paint spider

Use spray paint to add the finishing touches to your wood bead creature. Bend the wire of each leg to lay the spider flat and spray with a light coat of spray paint. Spray all visible areas from this angle and let dry; when the spider is dry, flip over and spray the bottom side. Allow to dry overnight before adding the finished spider to your Halloween decor. 

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