How to Draw a House Spider

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a House Spider in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the House Spider.

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How to Draw a House Spider - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the head, with a small bowl shape on top of a longer rectangle, and two eyes at the top.

Step 2: Then draw the abdomen with a shape like a lightbulb, ending in a point at the end. This will be the main part of the body and much larger than the head.

Step 3: Add the palp and an outline on the body. Draw two small hook shapes neck to the eyes near the top of the head. Then draw a long shape from head to tail, which is the distinct pattern house spiders have.

Step 4: Draw four legs on the spider’s left side. Two will point forward, in the direction of the eyes, while two will point back towards the tail. The two middle legs in this row should be shorter than the front and back.

Step 5: Then draw the four legs on the spider’s right. This will be a mirror image of the legs on the left.

Interesting Facts about the House spider

The house spider, also often known as the barn funnel weaver in North America, is a type of spider that can be found all over the world. These spiders are very well known to most everyone, as almost everyone has spotted one, whether or not they wanted to, at least once in their lifetime. The male house spider will grow to be around 6 -9mm in length and the females 9-10mm in length.

Did you know?

  • Spiders aren’t actually insects, they are arachnids, which you can spot by the fact that spiders have 8 legs while insects have only 6 and have only two body segments rather than three
  • Though most people don’t like spiders, and some even greatly fear them, they are helpful because they decrease the fly population as well as other insects that try to enter your house
  • The common house spiders make flat webs which are made from a very strong silk that is used to catch prey
  • If you have seen a house spider, chances are they were male as the males are often out much more than the females, in hopes of trying to find a female to mate with
  • When the male does find a female he will stay with her for weeks, mating multiple times, until he dies and is then eaten by the female to give nutrients to her children