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How to Make a Spider with a Donut


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Once you learn how to make a spider with a mini donut, you can quickly put together enough to delight an entire group of kids. These spider donuts are fun and easy Halloween treats to make with or for your kids.

three mini chocolate donuts decorated with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, pretzels and candy eyes to look like spiders on a brown table with fake leaves and a pumpkin in the background with title text reading How to Make Spider Donuts

I understand why some moms spend hours looking for cute ideas on Pinterest and then spend just as much time recreating those projects in real life. I just don’t have that much spare time!

So, in my ongoing effort to pull off Pinterest-worthy projects with as little time and effort as possible, today I’m sharing a simple tutorial to show you how to make a spider with a mini donut.

How to Make a Spider with a Mini Donut

To save time, most of my snack crafts start with a store-bought item. This way, you can skip the baking and get right to assembly.

For these spider donuts, we start with mini donuts. We’ll also need pretzel twists for the legs, and a few decorative items to complete the spider effect:

  • Mini Chocolate Donuts
  • Pretzels – Pretzel Twists
  • Candy eyeballs
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Chocolate sprinkles

a can of chocolate frosting, white bowls of candy eyes, chocolate sprinkles, pretzels and mini chocolate donuts on a white table

You can skip the frosting and sprinkles if you really want to keep this project simple. But in my experience, sprinkles make everything WAY cooler to kids. Same with the googly eyes.

Step 1: Make Spider Legs

The very first thing we need to do to make spider donuts is to break the pretzel twists to use as the spider legs. I’ve found that if you break them in half and remove the broken middle pieces, they come out to the perfect length and curve.

Step 2: Attach Spider Legs

Next, stick 8 of the pretzel pieces into the sides of the donut to create the spider’s legs.

a mini chocolate donut with broken pretzels stuck in the sides to look like spider legs on a brown cutting board with another donut and a white bowl of chocolate sprinkles int the background

Um, you’ll notice I only did 6 legs. I thought they looked too crowded with all 8 legs. Do know that every single child you present one of these spiders to WILL point out there are 2 legs missing if you decide to follow my example.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

You can skip this step if you want, but it doesn’t take long. Plus, if you’re making these with your kids, this is usually their favorite part.

Fill the hole in the center of the donut with chocolate frosting.

chocolate frosting being piped on the top of a chocolate mini donut with pretzels stuck in the side to look like spider legs on a brown cutting board

While you have the frosting out, dab a little on the back of the candy eyeballs and attach them to the front of the spider donut.

a mini chocolate donut topped with chocolate frosting with broken pretzels stuck in the sides to look like spider legs on a brown cutting board with another donut and a white bowl of chocolate sprinkles int the background

To make the donut spider look hairy, add some chocolate sprinkles to the top.

a mini chocolate donut decorated with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, pretzels and candy eyes to look like a spider on a brown cutting board with a pastry bag in the background

Make up enough for the whole family to enjoy.

three mini chocolate donuts decorated with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, pretzels and candy eyes to look like spiders on a white plate

Cute, right? And unless you struggled with breaking the pretzel twists, it should have only take a few minutes.

a collage of mini chocolate donuts decorated with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, pretzels and candy eyes to look like spiders on a white plate with fake leaves in the background with title text reading Mini Donut Spiders

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