Spooky Painted Webs

coffee filter spider webs, simply ghoulish

the house decorated for our halloween costume party

the blue web was painted with a brush

the webs glow in the sunlight

sparkly fabric paint adds glittery fun

the cheerful|eerie possibilities...

Boo! We are totally in the Halloween mood here!!! Our house is decked out with pumpkin lights, spider webs, a creepy black spider, and these gorgeous webs. We painted spider webs as decorations for my daughter's 11th birthday party, a Halloween costume party.

And we love the cheerful webs hanging in the sunlight.


This is a super easy project for kids 3+ (they'll need the dexterity to squeeze and move the paint bottle at the same time). Kids younger than 3 can paint the filters with a brush. {Moms 40+ also get into this project.}

⊗ Coffee filters
⊗ Fabric paint in squeeze bottles (we used Scribbles 3D paint from Michaels at $1/bottle). Get about 6 colors (silver or gold sparkly are great for edges). My kids (8 + 11) are beyond the paint-eating phase so please ensure the paint is OK for the age of your kids. Wash paint off hands before it dries or it's harder to clean.
⊗ Thread or embroidery floss


  1. Lightly wet the coffee filter and place flat on a work surface. A surface of plastic, aluminum or wood work well; it will get paint on it and may stain. {Note: If dried on cardboard, once dry, the filters stick to the cardboard.}

  2. Draw a simple spider web on the filter by lightly squeezing the paint bottle and moving the bottle across the filter. Too slow or squeezing too hard = globs of paint. Too fast or not squeezing enough = spots missing paint. Let the kids experiment to understand how hard to squeeze and move their hand. Filters and paint are inexpensive, so let them play.
  3. Using a different color, draw a spider, a tiny circle with 8 legs coming out from the center.
  4. Let the paint dry over night. If possible, after about 2-3 hours, lift each filter from the work surface and put it back down to reduce sticking.

Stringing up the Webs

  1. When dry (overnight), punch holes in the top of each filter, about an inch from the edge. Use a hole punch or a thick nail to make the hole.
  2. For each web, cut a 12" piece of thread (or light colored embroidery floss). Tie a knot just above the filter leaving and leave the extra thread as a tail.

  3. Cut a piece of thread the length of the room or area it will span. We will call this the LONG thread.
  4. Next we need to attach the webs to the LONG thread. Tie one end of the LONG thread to the wall or support (i.e. bannister, post, etc.). One at a time, tie the filters to the LONG thread. We tied ours 2' apart, but it really depends on the number you paint and the size of your room or art wire. Tie/tape the other end of the LONG thread as well. [Lesson learned: You can theoretically tie the webs to the LONG thread before tying one end to your support, but only if you don't drop it on the floor and gather it up, at which point it morphs into a knotted mess impossible to sort out. Trust me, this is like a puppet show gone awry.]


⊗ Play with mandalas, patterns, dotted details, swirls, circles with globs of paint inside. You can also dribble on paint and then use a paintbrush for softer effects.

⊗ If you display the webs in a spot that gets sun... the webs glow in the light!

⊗ Hang the webs with light colored thread (we used off white) for an ethereal look, since you can't quite make out the thread and they look like they hang in mid-air!

Another fun project with coffee filters: Vivid Painted Mandalas.