How to Make a Yarn Spiderweb for an Easy Spooky Decoration

Get ready for spooky this season with this under-30-minute craft.

It's no surprise that spiders are associated with Halloween decor, as these little creatures frighten most with their appetite for other insects and eight legs. And while the exact origins of spider-theme Halloween decor are unclear—some say it's because witches kept them as pets, others speculate it's because they're always crawling around places like graveyards and haunted houses—you're sure to find them alongside the pumpkin, ghost, and witch decor this season.

Add a creepy crawly element to your DIY Halloween decor by weaving your own oversize spiderweb that can be hung indoors or out. Decorate on a dime with this easy Halloween craft that can be made in under 30 minutes, and only requires four materials. Turn your front porch or mantle into an eerie oasis with this cheap (and easy!) craft. If you place your web outside, be wary of fall rain showers. Bring your creation inside during rainy days to make sure it doesn't get ruined.

Once you've made the web, add some spiders for some extra flair. Pair your oversize webs with these DIY giant spiders for the ultimate scare, or easily apply clip-on spiders or small spider toys for an easy decor item.

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How to Make a Spiderweb

By following these easy directions, you can create your own braided yarn spiderweb. You should be able to complete the project in 30 minutes.

What You'll Need

  • Thick white yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Yardstick or measuring tape
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Step 1: Braid the Yarn

Before you start braiding, determine how wide you want the finished product to be; it's helpful if you have a space in mind where the web will hang. When you have a measurement, cut nine pieces of yarn one foot longer than your measurement. For example: if you want the finished web to fill a 5-foot space, cut nine 6-foot pieces. Tape three strands of yarn together at the top, and braid the length of the strands. Repeat with the other three pieces so you finish with three long braids. Lay out the three braids so that they cross in the middle, making sure there is equal space between each strand. Hot glue the strands together in the middle.

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Step 2: Arrange the Web

Once the frame of your web is attached in the center, add connecting pieces to complete the web. Choose a braid and measure about six inches out from the center; make a mark here. Do the same on each of the other braids. Continue making marks at six-inch intervals until you've marked out sections all the way to the end of the web. To form the cross sections of the web, cut single strands of yarn so the ends match up with the marks you've made (this will create concentric circles) or use one long strand to create a spiral pattern.

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Step 3: Glue Together

When you have the first layer of single strands cut and placed, hot glue each into place. Keep in mind that the side of the web you're attaching the strands to will become the back; try to keep the edges of the yarn directly in the center of each braid, so they won't be visible from the front. Continue cutting and gluing strands every six inches until you reach the end of the braids. If you're working with one continuous strand, keep gluing every six inches until you run out of room, then cut the end and secure with glue.

When the web form is complete, use hooks, nails, or outdoor tape to hang this fun outdoor Halloween decoration. We recommend only displaying the web outdoors on dry days.

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