Jack-Be-Little Bat and Spider DIY Craft

For a great Halloween craft you can do with kids, pick up some Jack-Be-Littles. These cute mini-pumpkins can be found around Halloween in many grocery stores. In this fun DIY, Jack-Be-Little pumpkins go from traditional orange to spooky black with some chalkboard paint; simply add wings or pipe cleaners to create cute bats and spiders just in time to decorate a shelf or two around your house for Halloween.



  • Jack-be-Little pumpkins
  • black chalkboard paint  both spray paint and brush-on craft chalkboard paint work)
  • white chalk
  • scissors

Supplies for Bats:

  • black or black and white cardstock
  • craft knife
  • pencil

Supplies for Spiders:

  • black pipe cleaners


Step 1: Paint the Jack-be-Littles with two to three coats of chalkboard paint. Let each coat dry before applying the next.

Jack-Be-Little Spider and Bat Craft DIY - Step 1

Make a Bat:

Step 1: Draw a wing shape on the cardstock and cut it out.

Step 2: Use the first cut out wing as a template for the second one so the wings match. Simply place the first wing on a piece of cardstock, trace it and cut it out.

Jack-Be-Little Bat Craft DIY - Step 2

Step 3: Attach the wing by using a craft knife to make a slit in the Jack-Be-Little. Insent the end of wing into slit. Repeat on other side. (Note: children should never handle knoves. Leave the kids out of this step.)

Step 4: Draw spooky, cute, or funny faces on the Jack-Be-Little with white chalk.

Make a Spider:

Step 1: Cut eight pieces of black pipe cleaner, each about 5 inches long.

Step 2: Bend each pipe in to a Z shape as shown in the image below. These are the spider's legs. Stick one end of each pipe-cleaner leg into the top of the Jack-Be-Little. Equally space the remaining 7 sections around the top.  The wire end on the pipe cleaner will easily punch right through the skin. 

Jack-Be-Little Spider Craft DIY - Step 2

Step 3: Draw spooky, cute, or funny faces on the Jack-Be-Little with white chalk.

Jack-Be-Little Spider and Bat Craft DIY - Step 3

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Diane Henkler blogs at In My Own Style.