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How to make homemade cobwebs

Updated November 21, 2016

Whether you're adorning your home for Halloween or simply want to scare a friend, fake cobwebs can add a frightful decoration to any home or office. While you can buy cobwebs from the shop, save some money and experience the reward of making a homemade craft. Make a stringy cobweb to cover an area, or design a single cobweb spiral to hang in one place. It will give a creepy and festive feel to any space.

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Cotton cobweb

  1. Hold a cotton wool ball in your hand, and pull its fibres apart. The material will stretch apart while staying connected. Pull the material in every direction, including from left to right and up and down.

  2. Place the frayed cotton wool ball on an object, such as across a chandelier or on a brick wall. The fibres of the cotton help it stick to most textured surfaces you apply it to.

  3. Stretch more cotton wool balls, and add them around the original cotton cobweb. Keep multiple balls together by spraying them with a sticky hairspray.

  4. Place a plastic spider in the cobweb to complete the decoration.

Thread cobweb

  1. Connect three white pipe cleaners to create the "arms" of the cobweb. Place two of the pipe cleaners on top of each other, and twist them together to make an X shape. Twist the third pipe cleaner once around the centre of the X to make two more cobweb "arms." Ensure each of the six arms extending from the centre is even.

  2. Cut a piece of white thread that's about 90 cm (3 feet) long with scissors.

  3. Wrap the thread around the cobweb "arms" in a spiral pattern. Begin attaching the thread in the middle of the web, wrapping the thread once around each arm as it moves toward the outside of the web. Add a dab of glue at the thread twists to help keep it in place.

  4. Tie the thread in a knot once it's completely spiralled around the cobweb. Create a loop at the top of the cobweb to hang the decoration.

  5. Glue a plastic spider on the web.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton wool balls
  • Hairspray
  • Plastic spiders
  • 15 cm (6 inch) white pipecleaners
  • White thread
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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