halloween DIY: yarn, sticks, & spider webs

by mari

DIY Halloween Crafts for Kids - God's Eye Spider webs with Yarn, Sticks, and plastic spiders

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My little Birdie watches me knit and wants desperately to join me. But her patience level – among other things – just isn’t ready quite yet. So I’m always looking for other yarn-based projects she can sink her teeth and hands into. Making traditional “God’s Eyes” into Halloween-worthy spider webs is our newest project. I haven’t tried these with her just yet, but knowing how much she loves to make pompoms – wrap, wrap, wrap, wrap, and more wrapping – I’m fairly positive this will be a hit.

Gather:

  • Yarn – we used a linen-colored acrylic, Vanna’s Choice (but it’s maybe too fuzzy)
  • Sticks – a perfect excuse to go stick hunting in your yard! The gnarlier and knottier, the better. Because each knob and knot helps create spaces and separations in the layers of your spider web.
  • Plastic spiders – I found ours in the $1 aisle at Target, but any old kind will do.

Make your DIY Halloween Spider Web God’s Eyes:

  1. Choose 2 or 3 sticks, and tie a very tight square knot around the center.
  2. Begin wrapping the yarn around the sticks tightly. Alternating figure 8 shapes around each stick works well. They will tighten up as you go.
  3. Now begin wrapping the yarn around each stick. Loop it once around each stick in a circle, keep going for several rounds.
  4. Reverse the loops to enhance the spider web look. If you’ve been looping the yarn over each stick, switch so you’re looping the yarn under the stick instead.
  5. Finish up with a knot on the backside, and leave a long tail to hang your spider!

I’d love to find enough sticks to hang, oh, 15 of these on a wall – wouldn’t that be amazing? Happy Halloween!

 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 carina October 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

these are SO wonderful!! thank you for the idea and I can’t wait to make them with my kids!!

love – carina

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2 mari October 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Thank you so much for commenting Carina!!! Let me know how they turn out!

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3 Meeha October 12, 2012 at 8:28 am

Awesome! I love the twigs and the natural yarn, so stylish!

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4 mari October 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

Thanks Meeha! That’s the thing with Halloween: it’s hard to find a way to be stylish, but still have fun ;)

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5 Cathy Wolfram from Adore Your Place October 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

Love this DIY and the organic feel, we will definitely try this today. Stuck in today with the storm.

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6 mari October 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I”m so glad this could help you Cathy – hope your spider webs turned out magnificently!

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7 Julie (Suburban Moms Media) October 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

Great idea! I love these, hope you don’t mind – I just shared your link to this on my FB wall :)

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8 mari October 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Thank you – I’m glad you’re sharing it with your readers!

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9 Marie March 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Hi, this is such a great web tutorial – thanks for sharing!
I’ve included it in a roundup of spider/web crafts here:
http://bookscraftsfun.blogspot.ca/2013/03/charlottes-web-crafting-charlottes-web.html

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10 mari March 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Oh that’s wonderful, thanks!

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11 Michelle Villemaire October 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Found you through Handmade Charlotte. We made these tonight before bed. Love them!! Great idea. Thank you.

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12 mari January 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm

yay! I’m so glad they worked for you!

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13 karen January 1, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Thanks for this idea. Here’s my take on it: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=396347400496425&set=a.396347330496432.1073741832.385269188270913&type=1&theater
I’ve put a link to your original in the comments section, too.

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14 mari January 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm

That’s awesome, thanks so much for sharing!

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