How to Make a Realistic Spider Web

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A realistic-looking spider web should have the geometric lines of a real web.
A realistic-looking spider web should have the geometric lines of a real web. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

This Halloween, decorate your yard or house to make it the scariest in your neighborhood. Entice trick-or-treaters to your home by decorating with eerie pumpkins, bats, witches and webs. Pulling apart cotton batting is a common way to create fake spider webs. But if you fancy more realism, you can easily create an inexpensive web that features the distinctive lines of a real spider web.

Things You'll Need

  • Wax paper
  • White glue
  • Spoon
  • White yarn
  • Large bowl
  • Gloves

Cover your working space with wax paper to protect it. Using wax paper also allows you to easily remove the finished product from your work surface.

Mix white glue and water in a large bowl, beginning with one quarter cup of each. Stir the mixture until it's well blended. Make more of this glue mixture as needed.

Cut four pieces of yarn that are two feet long each. Cut another piece of yarn that's six feet long.

Put on your gloves. Dip one two-foot piece of yarn into the glue mixture and evenly coat it. Lay this piece of yarn horizontally across your wax paper. Repeat this with another two-foot piece of yarn and place it vertically over the horizontal piece to create a plus-sign ("+") shape. Repeat the process with the next two pieces of yarn, placing them diagonally (in an "X" shape), intersecting the other pieces of yarn in the center. Your four pieces of yarn should now form an 8-pointed star shape.

Dip your six-foot piece of yarn into the glue mixture and thoroughly coat it. Beginning at the center point where the four strings meet, lay down this long piece of yarn, creating a spiral. This will fill in the web.

Allow your web to dry completely before moving it; white glue can take up to 12 hours to dry.

Peel your web off of the wax paper gently and hang it where desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint your dried spider web with glow-in-the-dark paint to create a glowing web.
  • Add small plastic spiders to complete the look of your web.

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