Glow in the Dark Spider Web

This is one of my favorite projects we've made so far. This Glow in the dark spider web is easy to make and makes a great bug unit project or Halloween craft. Perfect for Preschool or elementary age kids.
Glow in the Dark Spider Web Craft - This is fun for a spider unit or a Halloween craft for kids preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade.


This is such a fun craft for kids!  Whether you are learning about spiders or want a fun Halloween craft, this is a fun kids activity.


This activity is great for Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade.


DIY Glow in the Dark Spider Web Craft for Kids

This has to be one of my favorite projects we’ve made. It was fun to make, tied in great with our study on spiders, and makes a perfect night light when we are done! Here is how we made it!

Glow in the Dark Spider Web Craft

First, set-up! Blow up a balloon and hang it so that you can work around it. We hung ours from our kitchen table ceiling fan. Pour out a LARGE bottle of glue into a dish. Cut  30 or so  12” (give or take) strips of yarn. We used tan, but it would work with white, tan, black, or any colored for a creative spider web!

paper mache

Dip the yarn in the glue to completely coat. Use fingers and glide across yarn to push off any extra glue. (Note: Little hands will love this, but it can get a little messy. Our easily wiped off our table, but you could lay down newspaper to make clean-up easier if you like)

Spider Web Craft

wrapping the yarn

Wrap glue dipped strings around the balloon. Make sure to cover parts of the entire balloon (bottom too) and overlap the yarn.

letting it dry

This is what your spider web should look like at this point. Allow it to fully dry (ours was dry by the next day). Then use a toothpick and pop the balloon. Our kids were amazed at how the web stayed intact and the balloon easily came out through the web.

Making Spider Web GLOW

spraying with glow in the dark paint

Now take the web outside and spray with glow-in-the-dark paint (we bought ours here) Hang and allow to dry. This will happen quickly, within 1-2 hours tops.

gluing on some spiders

I used my handy dandy glue gun to attach spiders to our web. (Note: Glue guns are hot and I do not let my children help with this part.)

Here Come the Spider

how cool does that look

Here is a close-up of what our web looks like in the daytime. Now for my favorite part . . . .

Glow in the Dark Spider Web Kids Activity

check out how it glows in the dark!

This is what the web looks like at night! Cool, right?!?!? It just needs a couple hours of daylight to recharge and it will continue glowing in the dark. Not only was it a fun project for our Spider unit, but it continues to be great fun for my kids as a night light.

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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.