- Sophie &Friends
Every spider needs a home! Pair this craft with my bead spider and you have the most perfect piece of Halloween décor! This craft is particularly wonderful for children of all ages because it is easy to accomplish and very fun to do!
A ball of yarn (thin, good quality yarn works best)
3 wooden stir sticks
Hot glue or tacky glue
To start, you need to glue the three coffee stirring sticks on top of each other. They should lie in different directions so each stick end is a point similar to the points on a star. Both tacky glue and hot glue can be used, however hot glue will dry much faster than tacky glue. If you choose hot glue, please remember that an adult must be present.
Now it’s time to start the webbing! Place the end of the yarn behind and around the center of the sticks, and overlap it with the other end of the string.
Loop the end of the string through, as you would begin to tie two shoelaces, and repeat the step again for a double knot!
Loop the yarn behind and around the base of one of the sticks. Repeat on the other end of that stick. Continue to wrap the yarn around the base of each stick and its counterpart until each stick base has a loop of yarn around it.
Now it’s time for the fun part! Pull the string a few centimeters from the center of the sticks and loop it around one of the sticks. Moving in a circular direction, continue to loop the yarn around the next stick. The line of yarn being created should remain equidistant from the center of the sticks. The MOST IMPORTANT part about looping the yarn is to pull it very tight! Keep a strong resistance between the yarn and the sticks so the yarn doesn’t begin to slide out of place.
Continue to loop the yarn around and around each stick. Spread out the spider web weaving with each loop, and remember to keep the yarn very tight!
When the sticks are covered with spider webbing, go ahead and cut the yarn from the remainder of the yarn ball. Give yourself a good couple of extra inches of yarn before cutting it. Do your best to keep the resistance in the yarn even while cutting!
At last it is time to secure the web in place! Loop the excess yarn around the closest wrapped stick to tie a simple knot. Pull it very tight! Now tie another knot in the exact same spot to create a double knot.
Finally, create a loop hook with the excess yarn. This is similar to how you might tie a knot at the top of a plastic bag. Trim off any of the excess yarn and your spider web is ready to house a friendly spider!
Use some hot or tacky glue to secure a spider bead in place! Look at a few of mine.