Make your own scratch art and then turn it into a spider with this fun scratch art spider craft. Scratch art is super easy and lots of fun to make and of course even more fun to scratch your original designs into! These scratch art spiders are the perfect craft to do for Halloween or alongside a study of spiders. So get out your craft supplies and let’s get creative!
Scratch Art Spider Craft
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Once you make your own scratch art sheet you will never want to buy it again! Basically all you do is color cardstock with pastels or crayons and then paint with black paint mixed with a little liquid soap. You could even make up a bulk lot of scratch art sheets in preparation for different scratch art crafts. Honestly, I am yet to come across a kid who doesn’t enjoy doing scratch art!
This scratch art spider craft is extra special as we have added some creepy crawly pipe cleaner legs to the scratch art spider body. We have done a yarn wrapped spider and a foil art spider both using the same pipe cleaner legs so be sure to check both of those crafts out if you are after more spider crafts that are different but done in the same way. It could be fun if you are wanting to set up a spider crafting table with all three of these spider crafts. An easy set up for you and lots of various spider fun for the kids.
You Will Need
One of the things I love most about scratch art is how few resources are needed to create it! If you want to skip the pastel/ crayon stage then use metallic cardstock.
- Old breakfast cereal or granola bar boxes or Thick cardstock* or Metallic cardstock(needs to have a shiny surface if using metallic) approx 250gsm is a good weight.
- Crayons or pastels.
- Black acrylic or tempera paint and a paintbrush/ foam brush.
- Liquid soap.
- Pipe cleaners.
- Hole punch.
- Kebab stick, toothpick, or similar.
Let’s Get Creating
Make Your Scratch Art Base
Color or metallic
To make your base you can either color a recycled cereal box or a piece of cardstock entirely using crayons or pastels or you can use a shiny metallic cardstock to skip the coloring step. Coloring the bases is a great way to extend this activity but if you are wanting to quickly whip up some scratch art ghosts then the metallic card will be the way to go.
When coloring our bases we used pearl crayons and pastels which both glided on and took next to no time to color. If you only have crayons then these will also work. Make sure that you put on a thick layer of pastel or crayon as this will be beneficial when it comes to scratching the paint off.
Have fun with this step. For our scratch art spiders Miss 6 and I drew on some small spiders but you can add any design, the aim is to have fun!
Mix up your paint with some liquid soap. The soap will help to make the paint scratch off with fewer flakes. We used about 2/3 paint to 1/3 soap but don’t worry too much about measuring this out. Just use more paint than soap.
Now paint a layer onto your base. Try to make the paint even but don’t worry if you can see some of the base as the second layer will cover it up. Once dry apply the second layer and leave to dry.
Cut Out Spiders
Wait until the paint has entirely dried. Cut out circle shapes from the painted scratch base. The easiest way to do this is to trace around a mug or bottle, cut this circle out and then use that cut-out circle to trace around for the remaining circles.
On each circle make 8 holes with the hole punch for the spiders legs. Four holes on each side of the circle.
Get a kebab stick or other similar item and start scratching in your design. We mainly went for eyes but you can do any design you like! Will your spider have eight eyes? Let kids decide how they want their spiders to look. Maybe a bow would be a nice addition to your spider.
Once you have scratched to your heart’s content it is time to add on the legs. Cut pipe cleaners to your desired leg length and attach them to the scratch art body through the hole punched circles.
Decide where you are going to display your fun scratch art spiders.
Spider Nursery Rhymes
Take some time out to sing and read our favorite spider nursery rhymes.
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet she sat on her tuffet, eating her curds eating and whey
Along came a spider who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
Books To Buy
- A Children’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Board book
- A Child’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
- The Original Mother Goose: Based on the 1916 Classic
Other Related Crafts To Try
Looking for more crafts to do with the kids? They are sure to love these other scratch art and spider crafts. Or how about a recycled bottle bee?
hank you for stopping by. We hope you enjoyed this scratch art spider craft!