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These cute non-spooky handprint spider keepsakes are a fun way you can celebrate Halloween with your little ones and remember just how small they were at the time. Find out how to easily make these salt dough keepsakes using ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen.

Handprint Spider Salt Dough Keepsakes – Ingredients

– 2 Cups of flour

– 1 Cup of salt

– 1 Cup of warm water (give or take)

Orange liquid watercolor (or you can use food coloring by mixing red and yellow)

– Black paint, paintbrush

– Googly eyes, glue


Step 1. Pour the flour, salt and water into a bowl and knead thoroughly until a dough forms. If it’s too dry add a bit more water.

Step 2. Roll out the dough into a circular shape, about 3/8″ thick

Step 3. Use your child’s fingers for the spider legs and palm to help form the spider body

Step 4. Bake in a cool oven at lowest setting to dry out the dough (we baked at 200 degrees) for about 4 hours or until the salt dough is dry. Flip the salt dough shape halfway through the baking time so the bottom and top dry evenly.

Step 5. Allow to cool completely and then use black paint to fill in the body and legs. Glue on a pair of googly eyes and you’re done!

The dough will lighten up while baking.

What are your favorite Halloween crafts to make with the kids? Check out more spider crafts or more fun Halloween ideas here!

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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.