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Spider Pinata DIY

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A DIY spider pinata is a must-have for the Halloween season! Get ready for 31 days of spooks, scares, terror and treats! Today I’ll show you how to make a pinata with paper mache and fill it with treats for your fall celebration.

A DIY Spider Pinata made from paper mache hanging above a pile of Halloween candy.

SPIDER PINATA MATERIALS

Find everything you need for this custom pinata at Walmart. I love the convenience of one-stop shopping either online or in-store. It’s where I find Halloween supplies, groceries, gift ideas and more. These are the materials you’ll need for this DIY spider pinata:

  • 1 XL bag Mars candy: Spooky Mix Chocolate Variety
  • 1 black crepe paper streamer: 500 feet x 1.75 inches
  • 1 orange crepe paper streamer: 75 feet x 1.75 inches
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 large balloon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1 whole newspaper
  • 1 square of cardboard: 3 x 3 inches
  • 1 small stick: 2 inches
  • 1 thick cardboard: 18 x 18 inches
  • 9 18-inch wires (gauge 10 or 12)
  • Pliers
  • 1 bottle of glue
  • 1 sheet of  white paper
  • 1 piece of black paper (or white paper + a black marker)
  • 1 long string
  • 1 long thin rope for hanging the pinata

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HOW TO MAKE PAPER MACHE

Are you excited to roll up your sleeves and get started on this DIY Halloween project? Follow these easy step-by-step instructions for how to make a pinata from paper mache!

  • STEP 1: Gather materials for the spider pinata. Blow up the balloon to a 9-inch diameter or larger. Attach a string to the balloon. It’s for hanging the paper mache structure while it dries.
  • STEP 2: Set aside a wide mixing bowl. Measure the flour and water, but don’t mix anything together just yet!
  • STEP 3: Cover your work area with a garbage bag. With scissors, cut the newspaper into strips: (1.5 x 15 inches). Prepare the paper mache paste: combine the water and flour. Stir until smooth. The mixture is easiest to work with right after it’s mixed!
  • STEP 4: Dip the newspaper strips into the paper mache paste. Transfer them onto the surface of the balloon. Smooth them out. Continue this process until the entire balloon has been covered with 4-5 layers of paper mache strips. IMPORTANT: Apply strips in different directions to give the pinata structural strength. Hang the pinata to dry for 24 hours.

Materials for making a custom pinata.

DIY PINATA

Once the paper mache is dry, cut off the knot on the balloon and the string. Decide how the body of the spider will lie.

Pierce a wire through the middle of the body, top to bottom. At the bottom pierce the wire through a 3 x 3-inch cardboard. To keep the wire from sliding up, wrap it around a tiny stick. Make a loop at the top for inserting a rope.

Continue following these step-by-step instructions:

  • STEP 1: With scissors, fringe cut the black and orange crepe paper streamers.
  • STEP 2: Draw a 3-inch x 3-inch square at the top, towards the back of the body. Cut through three sides of the square to create a door for inserting candy into the spider pinata. With glue, attach black fringe-cut streamers to the body. Apply them in a circular pattern with the cut side facing towards the back of the spider. Continue until you get to the front of the spider. For the face, glue garland strips horizontally with the cut side toward the bottom of the pinata.
  • STEP 3: Create the spider’s legs. Cut 8 cardboard strips (18 X .75 inches) parallel to the honeycomb structure of the cardboard. Later, this will allow wires to be run through the legs.
  • STEP 4: Glue black-and-orange fringed streamers onto the legs.

Four images of the step-by-step process for how to make paper mache for Halloween.

CUSTOM PINATA FOR HALLOWEEN

  • STEP 1: On each side of the spider, determine where the legs will go. At each location make a small hole with a nail and insert a piece of wire. Push the wire out through the candy door on the upper part of the pinata, but do not push it all the way through. Use pliers to make a loop the size of a wedding ring. Bend it 90 degrees so it’s perpendicular to the wire. Pull the wire back out the bottom until it stops on the loop. Do this for all 8 legs.
  • STEP 2: Hang the spider pinata above your work area so there’s no pressure on the legs. Grab one cardboard leg. On the end that will be against the body, peel the cardboard back about 1/2 inch into two layers. These will serve as tabs that will be glued to the body of the spider. Apply glue to one of the long wires. Slide it between the two cardboard tabs on the spider leg. Add glue to the tabs and push the leg all the way in so the tabs with the glue are in full contact with the spider’s body. Through the candy door, insert a wooden spoon to put pressure on the wire from the inside to make sure it goes all the way into the leg. Repeat for the other legs.
  • STEP 3: It’s time to create the eyes! Cut out two 2-inch diameter circles from white paper. Cut out two .75-inch diameter circles from black paper. If you don’t have black paper, use a black marker to color in the small circles. Glue the small black circles in the center of the big white circles. Glue the eyes onto the spider’s face.
  • STEP 4: Now the fun begins! Open the XL bag of Mars candy. Get ready to stuff the spider pinata!

Four images showing how to make a custom pinata step by step.

HOW TO STUFF A PINATA WITH CANDY

Add candy to the pinata through the small doorway. Once it’s full, close the door and tape it shut. Your spider pinata is now ready to enjoy!

Image showing how to stuff a pinata with candy.

EXPERT TIPS FOR PAPER MACHE PINATA

  • DRYING THE PAPER MACHE: During the summer, hanging the wet paper-mache covered balloon from a tree branch works great. During the winter, it’s best to hang it indoors in a dry warm area.
  • HOW TO MAKE A STRONG PINATA: When applying the paper mache, don’t be skimpy! A strong pinata requires 4-5 overlays of paper mache pieces applied in a criss-cross fashion. Keep in mind: the pinata will be heavy when full of candy. Make sure your wire set-up is going to hold that weight.
  • HOW TO MAKE A BLACK WIDOW SPIDER On the under-belly of the spider, add a small ring of orange fringed streamers!
  • REMEMBER TO FILL THE PINATA: An empty pinata is no fun at all! Remember to fill it with delicious Mars candy!

A giant bag of Halloween candy with individual packets spilling out.

PINATA IDEAS

There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy a pinata. For Halloween, two spiders are better than one! Here are some fun pinata ideas:

  • Make one for your family and one for a friend!
  • Help your favorite charity! Donate a pinata to a fall silent auction.
  • A custom pinata is ideal for Halloween parties and fall festivals.
  • This special treat is perfect for an October birthday celebration.

A paper-mache DIY spider hung over a bag of Halloween candy.

CANDY FOR SPIDER PINATA: NUTRITION FACTS

We stuffed our Halloween pinata with scrumptious Mars candy: XL bag of Spooky Mix Chocolate Variety. The number of servings per container are variable. Here’s nutrition info for the 5 types of candy in the package.

An image of yummy mix of Halloween treats.

  • SNICKERS® Brand MINIS
    Serving size: 3 pieces / 130 Calories per serving
  • M&M’S® Brand FUN SIZE® Milk Chocolate Candies
    Serving size: 2 packs / 130 Calories per serving
  • MILKY WAY® Brand MINIS
    Serving size: 4 pieces / 150 Calories per serving
  • TWIX® Brand MINIS
    Serving size: 3 cookies / 150 Calories per serving
  • 3 MUSKETEERS® Brand MINIS
    Serving size: 5 pieces / 130 Calories per serving

Halloween table with paper mache pinata and candy.

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SPIDER PINTA DIY > JOIN THE CONVERSATION

What are your traditions for celebrating the Halloween season? Will you make a spider pinata? Share your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you!

18 thoughts on “Spider Pinata DIY”

  1. What a great idea! Our twins would love this. I have to send this to my daughter. We’re having a Halloween themed birthday party for them this year!

  2. This spider pinata is the best! So unique and even better is how easy it is to make. Halloween party just got a new kid on the block :D

  3. How adorable is this spider pinata! Such a great twist for Halloween. I mean, who can resist all of the great candy this time of year. What’s the average # of hits to break it open? xx

  4. This turned out so well. I love making pinatas myself as well. They are so much fun when you do them yourself. I really like the spider one!

  5. Wow, you are so talented. I’ve wasted so much money purchasing pinatas and it never dawned on me to try to create one myself. Thanks for this helpful tutorial.

  6. I love the spider piñata idea! Perfect for Halloween parties. I really like the color combination as well. Very adorable!

  7. This is really awesome! I had to share on my parent influence FB page because I bet the parents there will adore this idea. Perfect for any Halloween party this year or for me, the middle boy would love it at a bday party!

  8. Your spider piñata is so adorable. I wish that I hosted a small Halloween party. This would be a perfect addition if I did. I wish that I had the talent to create fun piñatas.

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