Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Create a fun spider using our Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial. This cute spider looks adorable on a clip, in a bow, or a headband. These are perfect for Halloween!

Hi! It’s Laura from Ryann & Riley back with another ribbon sculpture! I had so much fun playing with the Little Spooks 3/8″ Ribbon Mix. I was able to create these adorable and super fun Spiders perfect for Halloween!

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

In the Little Spooks 3/8″ Ribbon Mix you will get a black grosgrain, white with black swiss dot, orange with skulls and orange/white stripe. That is all you will need if you are making the Large Spider, for the small spider you will also need the 1/8 inch black grosgrain for the Small Spiders legs.

~ Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial ~

(All supplies can be purchased here at The Ribbon Retreat!)

Little Spooks 3/8″ Ribbon Mix – Cut and heat-sealed to lengths in the below pictures

1/8 inch Black Grosgrain (if making small spider)

Double prong clip, Headband, Petite Lace Headband or your choice to attach spider to when complete. A spider on a brooch pin would look great too!

Small 1 inch bow – see bottom of tutorial for mini bow tutorial

Scissors, Hot Glue**and/or Needle and Thread, Lighter

**OMG, have you tried the Detail Tip Mini Glue Gun?!?! Cannot live without it! Way less globs and mess!

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I will be making the Large Spider today, but the same principle applies to both spiders. And you can make so many variations with these ribbons. I dare you to try not to make one for everyone you know!!

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Start by making a tear drop shape out of all four ribbon lengths for the body.

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I form all the head and body pieces at once like an assembly line, then all you have to do is assemble. You will form the head lengths the same way as the body, but note the orange skull ribbon on the head is backwards from the body. You will see why when we attach the head.

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Turn the largest body piece upside-down like above and attach the second largest piece to it with glue or a stitch.

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Repeat until all 4 body layers are attached. This is the bottom view of the body, so its okay to have a little glue mess, it won’t be seen.

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

For the head pieces, tuck the orange skull tear drop shape into the black one like the above picture. It will over hang just slightly since they are the same size. Glue between the two pieces at the point.

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

As you can see in the above picture, the body will be glued to the head in opposite direction, points facing one another, with the head point glued under the body point.

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Attach the mini bow over where the head and body meet. (see below for quick mini bow tutorial)

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

For the legs…

1. Lay them out in a criss-cross, glue or stitch all 4 pieces together in the center. 2. Move legs while looking from above the spider until you get it to look the way you want, then glue or stitch legs to bottom of spider. 3. Slowly, and lightly wave a lighter on the ends of the legs to make them curl. Remember, to start with a light touch, you cannot undo melted ribbon. 4. When they are done, they will be all curled and adorably creepy.

Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Then just attach the spider to a clip or headband and you’re DONE!

(pictured above on a double-prong clip wrapped in the orange stripe ribbon, clipped onto a petite lace headband)

~ Tiny Bow Tutorial ~

Tiny Bow Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Tips: You can make the templates out of a scrap piece of cardboard, just cut it to the width you want your final bow to be, and cut a slit at the middle. Step 6: you can be done with the bow after cutting off the excess thread or use a scrap piece of 1/8 inch ribbon to cover the center like in Step 7.

This is super easy and I’ve even seen it done with a fork!!

Thank you so much for checking out this tutorial. Hope you enjoy!

~Laura from

Thank you SO much Laura for your wonderful Spider Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial! I love the curled spider legs and the adorable bow! This is a wonderful ribbon sculpture to make for your little ones for Halloween!

We have fun ribbon mixes, especially for Halloween, so check them out and see if they will make your spider absolutely perfect.

And if you aren’t into making bows or don’t have the time, be sure to stop by Ryann & Riley for beautiful ribbon sculptures and bows and so much more! You will love Laura’s beautiful selection.

If you are interested in sharing your crafts or bow making skills, we are searching for crafty contributors. If you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We love all tutorials, and now especially love holiday ones! We make it worth your while! We love our contributors!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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  1. Kim Edwards
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    You AMAZE me at the ideas you have. What a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing. I have a three year old granddaughter, Gram loves making bows. Again, Thanks and may God bless you yours, Kim

  2. Monique Leslie
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    OH my gosh I love it. Ok I have to show this to my mom so she can make a bunch of these. I have now time too much teaching paper crafts for me.

  3. Laura Kirby
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much!!! I have so much fun creating bows and writing the tutorials. So glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Posted October 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Darling! Can’t wait to make a couple of these for my girls! As if we don’t have enough Halloween hair bows….lol!

  5. Nichole
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I just used this for my daughters Halloween fairy costume. I put it on a white shirt for her. It’s adorable. Good job.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      Sounds adorable!! Thanks for sharing. – Shirley 🙂

  6. Isobel
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Awww, so cute! I’m going to make hairclips out of these! For goth girls, every day really does get to be Halloween. ^3^

    • Posted November 23, 2013 at 7:44 am | Permalink

      Hi Isobel! Thank you so much for sharing. These are so much fun and so so festive! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

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