The popularity of the Spider-Man movies led to a whole new generation of children and adults who loved the web-slinger. Costume companies jumped on the bandwagon, creating red and blue costumes just like Tobey Maguire wore in the movie. Now you can even find commercially produced web-slingers that shoot out a sticky substance that looks just like his webbing. As the refill kits for these are hard to find and fairly expensive, you might want to make your own Spider-Man webbing at home.
Things You'll Need
- Tissue paper
- Cotton batting
- Fishing line
- Hot glue gun
Build a template for your Spider-Man webbing by bending thin gauge wire into a circular shape. As the web-slinger’s webs aren’t exactly round, it’s OK if yours isn’t either, and it may even look a little better by pushing the sides in slightly to make a shape that isn’t uniform.
Wrap tissue paper around the sides of the wire, making sure to completely cover the spot where the two ends of the wire meet. The tissue paper covers the silver color of the wire frame, but still lets a little show through to make it look more realistic.
Use cotton batting to create the webbing. Tear off strips of cotton batting and wrap one end around the side of the frame. Then pull it tightly to the other side of the frame, making it a little off-center to look more realistic. Repeat with additional strips of cotton batting, and trim the edges where you tied it to the frame.
Cut lengths of fishing line and run that from one piece of cotton batting to the other. If you’ve ever seen a real spider web, you know that it looks thicker in some places and thinner in others, which is what happens when you add the fishing line. Create some contrast by weaving in the fishing line.
Add more dimension and texture to the Spider-Man webbing with a hot glue gun. Lay the webbing flat and heat up the gun. Run glue from different pieces of cotton batting to the wire and frame, creating unusual shapes and sizes in the webbing.
Tips & Warnings
- If you can’t find fishing line, use the hot glue gun instead.
- An easier way to make the Spider-Man webbing is by creating the frame, wrapping it in cotton batting and then using the hot glue gun, as you won’t need to trim the edges.
- Photo Credit Spiderweb image by Czintos Ã–dÃ¶n from Fotolia.com