The Halloween craft fest continues! For my latest project, I decided to make use of an over abundance of sticks that the previous tenant was kind enough to leave in the fire pit in our back yard. I didn't even make a dent in this pile, but not to worry - I have another idea up my sleeve...but back to the spider webs!
What you need:
- A bunch of twigs
- Some twine or yarn or string of some sort
- Plastic spiders (optional)
Each spider web requires 4 sticks of approximately the same length. The basic principle is to cross the sticks over each other, adding glue to hold them together. I used my hot glue gun, but you could probably use wood glue too.
Your final spider web "skeleton" should look like this.
At this point, I got so into making the web that I forgot to take a few pictures so I'll just tell you what I did at this point. I took some twine and looped it around the sticks to reinforce the middle portion. Even though the sticks were glued together, it isn't enough to make these sturdy. They are going to be outside in the wind and rain - I don't want them to fall apart!
After the middle was nice and secure, I started weaving the web around each individual stick in a circular pattern around the web. After a while, you end up with something like this.
Keep on weaving until you run out of room on your sticks. On the last stick, I tied the twine around the tip of the stick and added a dab of glue to hold the knot in place. I then left a long length of twine at the end of the stick that will be used to hang the spider webs.
I happen to have a box of 150 plastic spiders that I picked up at Tar-jay for $2.50 - cause you never know when you need 150 spiders - so I decided to add one to each side of the web to sort of hide the center of the sticks where the webs are held together. I even added an extra piece of twine to one of the webs to make it look like a spider is hanging from her web.
Not too bad for a practically free project! This project will be shared at several awesome linky parties which you can visit here.