If you know me, or if you’ve been following my blog…you know Ron and I are currently Funemployed, so our budget for entertainment, decor, holiday celebrations, and pretty much everything else is about…$0.00, give or take.  I’ve always been a pretty frugal person, and I’ll tell you what–there are dozens and dozens of excellent blogs out there that help and guide people towards saving money.  I’m not here to help you save money–I’m here to kick ass, take names, and leave a trail of glitter in my wake.  But I will make it a point to mention if something here is “budget-friendly.”  Like this super adorbs Handprint Spider.

All you need for this l’il guy is…

-heavy white construction paper (computer paper is flimsy and wrinkles when wet)
-black paint (**see note**)
-a paintbrush
-a kid
-glue and googly eyes totally optional but strongly recommended–for Adorability Factor

**You can use black tempera paint, but I don’t recommend it.  Black tempera paint tends to be thin, watery, and makes more of a gray-ish spider.  I used cheap acrylic paint.  I believe it was Craftsmart paint from Michael’s.  Most craft stores have super-cheap paint sales…like 3/$1 or 2/.88 and it’s so much more vibrant and colorful than tempera paint.  Just not washable–so wear old clothes!**

001First, cut the paper down to size (if you wish).  Paint your child’s hand and fingers, but skip the thumb!  Any paintbrush will do, but I’m a makeup junkie and I just happened to have an unused foundation brush laying around…  :::shrug:::

My kid seriously could not understand WHY I wouldn’t paint his thumb.

002Stamp the child’s hand down on the paper nice and firm, and then reapply black paint before you spin the paper around and make a second handprint.

You’ll want to make sure part of the palm overlaps, so you don’t end up with a loooong, funky spider.

After we made two handprints, I had him count how many legs there were.  I explained to him that if I would have painted his thumb, the spider would have an extra leg on each side–giving him 10 legs.  He totally got it, then.  As a mom, it’s cool to see something in your child’s head “click” but as a former Pre-Kindergarten teacher, it gives me major warm fuzzies and brings back a flood of classroom memories.

003You’ll want to let the handprints dry before you add any glue and wiggle eyes.  Acrylic paint dries fairly quick.  We made several handprint spiders, and by the time we got to the last spider, the first one was nearly dry.

As a side note, since acrylic paint has a quick dry time–it would be in your best interest to wash your child’s hand and the paintbrush as soon as you’re done making handprints.  A little hand soap or dish liquid works just fine.

Add two drops of glue–Elmer’s or Tacky glue, whatever you have on hand.  I used Elmer’s.  Gabriel could have done it himself, but he was too caught up in the wonder of googly eyes.

004I freakin’ love googly eyes.  90% of my art projects aren’t complete without googly eyes.

So I added the glue and Gabriel matched up sets of googly eyes in different sizes (math skills-hey!), and then he put them on the dots of glue.

I left them to dry overnight, and the next morning I cut them out and hung them on the wall in the hallway between the family room and the kitchen.

005I’m of the opinion that these l’il guys look WAY cute with huge googly eyes.

This is a fun tradition to start when your children are small.  Every year, their spider handprints will get larger and larger, and someday you’ll appreciate having a collection of handmade Halloween decorations that document your child’s growth.