Spider and Bat Straws


Make your Halloween party beverages a little more creepy when you serve them with these ghoulish spider and bat straws. Great for sticking in a cake or as party favors, too! Designed by Lennis Rodriguez.

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Step 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Magenta - 14
  • Raspberry - 26
  • Red - 4
  • Pastel Yellow - 6
  • Cheddar - 2
  • Prickly Pear - 2
  • Kiwi Lime - 14
  • Green - 4
  • Dark Green - 26
  • Turquoise - 14
  • Light Blue - 4
  • Dark Blue - 26
  • Purple - 53
  • Rust - 53
  • Dark Grey - 12
  • Black - 341
  • Pink Candy Stripe - 32
  • Fire Stripe - 26
  • Cucumber Stripe - 32
  • Sky Blue Stripe - 32
  • Grape Stripe - 26
  • Zebra Stripe - 26

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • Adhesive gems
  • Chenille stems - orange, black, and purple
  • Paper Halloween straws

Step 2

Download the PDF for the Spider and Bat Straws Project Pattern. You will use the large square pegboard to create your projects. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place your beads following the pattern.

Step 3

Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.

Step 4

Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.

Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.

Step 5

ASSEMBLY: Add adhesive gems for eyes on all the bats and spiders.

Step 6
Step 6

Bats: Insert the dark grey beads of the loop piece through the opening in the bat’s body.

Step 7
Step 7

Insert straw through the loop.

Step 8
Step 8

Spiders: Insert the zebra stripe beads of the loop piece through the opening in the spider’s body, and into the back piece.

Step 9
Step 9

Cut 24 pieces of chenille stems to 2 1/4 inches, 8 of each color. Insert each piece through the beads marked in pink around the body. Insert the straw as you did for the bats.

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