Making your own decorations can be fun, rewarding and cost-effective. Make-your-own crafts are also good for keeping children occupied and happy during busy holiday times. Building thread spider webs is a challenging but entertaining craft that both children and adults can enjoy. With some simple household items and a bit of patience, you can make one or several thread spider webs, perhaps to decorate for a Halloween bash.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Spool of thread
- Thin-gauge metal wire
- Wire cutters
Choose a spot to build your web, whether in a doorway, window frame, between trees in a garden or any area where the anchor threads can be connected to build the frame.
Connect one length of thread from the topmost part of the web area to the bottom. Repeat for the widest area left to right, and as many diagonal anchor threads you want to include. The more diagonals you include, the smaller the drapes between each foundation thread will be. Make sure to weave anchor lines through each other to create a strong centre for the web.
Tie the end of the thread, still attached to the spool, to the top of the vertical anchor line. Pull the thread to the next anchor line, leaving as much or as little drape as you choose between lines. Wrap the thread twice around the anchor line, then proceed to the third and so on.
Repeat this process until you reach the original anchor line. At this point, you can either cut and tie off the thread or drop down and start the next row with the same length of thread. (This is how real spiders build their webs -- with one continuous thread of silk.)
Repeat the wrapping and weaving process until you reach the centre of the web, where all the anchor lines meet. When you have wrapped as tightly as you would like it to go, cut the thread while holding it taut, then tie off the thread to one of the foundation threads.
Building a Web on an Existing Structure
If you want your web to stand on its own, build a frame from wire in the size and shape you desire. Bend the wire into angles so that it is not perfectly round.
If desired, wrap the wire frame in thread to cover it. Tie the thread's free end to the frame. Then, leaving the thread on the spool, wrap in one direction around the frame's circumference. When you reach the starting point, cut the thread while holding it taut. Tie the end to the frame.
Stretch anchor lines across the frame's diameter, tying them off at each end. Add as many foundation threads as you choose, making sure to weave them around each other in the centre to create a strong middle.
Weave cross threads around the foundation threads in the same manner as in Section 1.
Install your framed spider web. It can hang from a nail, or be shaped to fit a doorway, window frame or other suitable space.
Building a Web on a Frame
Tips and warnings
- Look for thread in different colours and thicknesses to create the web style you want.
- Your web will be much sturdier if you double-up the thread when making the foundation threads. Twisting the two threads together will make them look more like one thread. Lick your thumb and first finger and roll the thread back and forth between them to twist the threads.
- Your web structure doesn't need to be symmetrical. Be creative with the shape of the web and the distances between foundation threads. Spider webs often look creepier when they are irregularly shaped.
- If using clear thread, be aware that people may not see the web and will try to walk or reach through it.
- If using a web on a frame, consider the thread's fragility when you are bending the finished web to fit a space.
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