Cap: Start with paper bowl as your base. To make ruffles, fold 2 filters into quarters and staple at their points to secure. Repeat with additional filters. Hot-glue ruffles around interior of bowl.
Hair: Starting at shorter end of purple paper, make 1"-wide accordion folds. Gently unfold and make 1"-wide lengthwise cuts, stopping 1" before edge of paper. Hot-glue fringed-and-folded sheets to interior of bowl.
Gently crumple newspaper into a 5" ball.
Crumple then unfold a large sheet of black construction paper to make it pliable, like fabric. Wrap black paper around newspaper ball, securing on one side with tape.
Repeat process to create a 2" ball.
Hot-glue smaller ball to larger one, and hot-glue on pom-pom eyes.
Cut four 3"x 18" strips of black construction paper.
Fold each strip in half lengthwise; open, then fold lengthwise again, this time folding both edges in toward center fold. Open and overlap two sections of each leg to create a triangular tube; secure with double-stick tape.
Cross four tubes over each other and staple at center (see photo).
Hot-glue to underside of larger paper ball to create eight legs.
Make one cut through two sides of each triangular tube at center to allow legs to bend.
Hot-glue a length of ribbon to spider's back to create hanging string. Tie around child's waist, letting spider hang down beside her.
Originally published in the October 2015 issue of Parents magazine.