How to make spider web art with kids (age 3+)

Are you already excited about Halloween? Then your kids will love this simple Spider Web Art Project.

In fact this watercolor resistant painting technique is super easy and a lot of fun!

Let’s dive right in.

spider web art project with kids

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Spider Web Art


Fall is right around the corner and so is the next official holiday in my house, Halloween. The kids are beyond excited for their spooky events and trick or treat.

Already weeks prior we have to decorate the house and play with their costumes. Halloween music is running all day long and the kids tell each other spooky stories. It’s really precious.


The days get shorter, the leaves turn and it is getting colder. It is the perfect weather for a big blanket, hot chocolate, and arts and crafts afternoons on rainy days.

Therefore I like to pick seasonal and holiday-related activities for the kids. This year we tried this easy DIY project together and they loved painting their Halloween spider web craft.

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Here is what you will need for this fun spider web painting:

Material:

  • paper
  • white crayon
  • watercolors
  • brush
materiel's crayon resistant art

But let’s take a look now at the full step by step tutorial:

Instruction:

Step 1: Draw a spider web

  • Take a watercolor paper and draw a big spider web with a white crayon over the whole piece of paper. White oil pastels also work.
paint with white crayon

Step 2: Paint with watercolors

  • Take your watercolor kit and start painting over and around your crayon spider web drawing.
paint spider web art

Optional – Step 3: Create a mottled effect

  • To make it a little bit more interesting for the kids, let them sprinkle salt on the still wet watercolor paint. This will create a creative mottled effect as the salt absorbs the liquid watercolor around it.
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Step 4: Let it try

  • Let your Halloween art project try and rub off the salt to display it.
beautiful watercolor spider web art

Tip:

  • All crayons are water-resistant if you don’t have a white crayon laying around any other light color works in general too.
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General knowledge:

After drawing your spider web and adding your watercolors in step two you clearly can see that your white crayon drawing is watercolor resistant.

Why is that? Crayons are made out of wax and therefore are water-resistant.

Watercolors are made out of color or pigments that dissolves in water. This is why they don’t stay on the wax.


The same effect can be seen in nature. For example, the wax is coating leaves in stems. That’s why raindrops don’t stay on the leaves, instead, they slide off.

These facts and more white crayon art projects can be found here.

Fun Facts about Spiders:

  • All spiders can produce silk, but not all spiders spin webs.
  • Spiders can spin 7 different types of silk. To catch insects, they produce silk with a special clue.
  • Spiders make a nest for their eggs and attach it to their spider web.
  • Did you know, that few large spiders eat birds and lizards?
  • The largest spider on earth is called Goliath bird eater. She lives in South America in Brazil and Venezuela. She belongs to the tarantula family.

These and more fun facts about spiders for children can be found here.

Summary:

White crayons won’t collect dust in our house anymore.

There is so much more to do with them than just coloring spider web art for Halloween.

You can use them for writing secret messages, lunch box notes, or even learning the ABC. They can bring fun for every age group in the most creative ways.


This cool activity was a full success in my house. The kids love this project and started to experiment by themselves with this easy painting technique by themselves.

For my young toddler, I prepared the spider web and let him paint with watercolors, the two older ones managed easily by themselves.


This art and craft idea is also perfect for preschoolers in a classroom setting and does not need much preparation.


I also like to read books prior to my activities either to teach them about a subject or to make things simply more interesting.

This time we read “The very busy spider” by Eric Carle. It’s perfect for it because the spider web in the book also has a special texture. Here the link if you are interested in the book.

If you like to add more education into this art project, take a look at these books and learn about spiders and spider webs:

I hope you liked this fun Halloween activity for your children. Don’t forget to let me know whether your kids enjoyed it. Leave a comment below and add a picture. I love to hear from you!


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Spider Web Art

spider web art project with kids

Learn how to make spider web artpiece with white crayons.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • white crayon
  • watercolors
  • paint brush
  • paper

Instructions

  1. Draw a spider web with the white crayon on your paper.
  2. Take your paint brush and draw over the spiderweb with water colors.
  3. Let it try.

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