DIY: Christmas Spider Holiday Cards

How To Draw a Christmas Spider
By Sienna Wildfield

For the Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar, my daughter (age 5) drew Christmas Spiders for her holiday cards to be sold during the event. Here she gives a video tutorial on how to draw the Christmas Spider:


Christmas Spider design by Persphone (age 5).

  • 3″ x 3″ squares of white card stock
  • black (non-toxic) ink pad
  • Thin black Sharpie (or something comparable)
  • Red marker


Christmas Spider design by Persphone (age 5).Step 1

Take your thumb and press it onto a non-toxic black ink pad. Then press your thumb into the middle of a piece of paper, making the body of the spider. (Try to get your kids to wipe off their thumb before proceeding or smudges will most certainly happen).

Christmas Spider design by Persephone (age 5).Step 2

Take a thin black Sharpie and draw four dots down each side of the spiders body. Then draw “L’s” or “7’s” out from each dot to create eight legs.

Christmas Spider design by Persphone (age 5).Step 3

Draw a triangle just above the spiders body as a hat, then add a circle to the top for a pom-pom.

Christmas Spider design by Persphone (age 5).Step 4

Color the triangle in with a red marker, leaving the pom pom white.

TAD-DA!!! You now have a picture of the Christmas Spider that can be tacked onto a blank greeting card. But before adding it to the card, a holiday greeting can be written (by hand or with your printer) on the bottom of the front. We wrote “Holiday Greetings from the Christmas Spider.” On the backside of the card we printed the legend of the Christmas Spider. There are several variations that can be found on-line, including here and here.

Photo credits: Sienna Wildfield


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  1. November 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    several years ago, my sister’s minister stopped in for a visit and saw my card on the table. He picked it up and said to my sister ” Who would hate you so much to send you this card?” My sister laughed and told him about the legend.


  2. Jen in Juno said,

    December 16, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Love the video – your daughter is adorable! We honor the xmas spider at our house too – we’re off to make these spiders right now. Thank you for putting this together & bravo on being featured on Kids Craft Weekly – so glad to discover you through Amber’s newsletter.

    Jen in Juno (AK)


  3. Nancy said,

    December 1, 2007 at 9:08 am

    What a cleaver idea! Thank you for posting this.

    Nancy (Greenfield, MA)


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