Fake spiderwebs are the perfect way to add a touch of Halloween to shrubs, trees or porch railings. The trickiest thing about fake spiderwebs is using the appropriate amount for the surface you're trying to cover. This web material stretches, stretches, and stretches some more, so it's best to stretch it as far as it will go before cutting it to the ideal size.
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Step 1: Stretch It to Full Length
Remove the fake spiderweb material from its packaging and unfold or unroll it to determine where its long ends are. Grab one end while a friend grabs the other, then stretch the piece out as long as it will go. There's no need to stretch it to its full width yet.
Step 2: Trim to Desired Length
Figure out how long the piece needs to be by measuring the shrub or other object where you plan to put the web. Measure that same length on the fake spiderweb material and cut it using scissors. Start pulling the fake webbing out to make it wider, working your fingers through the material to make it thin enough to resemble spider webs.
Step 3: Securing the Fake Spiderwebs
Spread the fake spiderweb out over the area you wish to decorate. If covering a large area such as the top of a bush, get a friend to help. Tug at the webbing in different areas to make it look realistic as you set it in place. If hanging the webbing on wooden elements of your home, secure it with thumbtacks or even a staple gun. On shrubs, simply pull some of the plant sprigs through the webbing's edge areas to ensure the webs stay put even during winds.
Step 4: Cut and Add More Webbing
Inspect the web-covered area to determine whether that spot needs another layer, as pulling the web too thin sometimes makes it hard to see from a distance. Cut another piece to the same approximate size and add it atop the first layer as needed. Feel free to just add the webbing near the first, or angle it in a different way to make it look like a second spider created a web in the same general area.
Step 5: Add Webs and Spiders
Continue decorating the area with fake spiderwebs in different lengths. If using them outdoors and expecting trick-or-treaters, place more webbing in areas they'll see up close, such as exposed locations above porch railings. Pepper the area with tiny plastic spiders; if you have a bunch, the kiddos can take some home, too. Place oversized spiders atop the bushes, over or near their webbing, securing them in place with floral wire so they don't blow away or fall.
Choose one or two huge and extra creepy or cute fake spiders, then tie a piece of monofilament fishing line to either the head or back end. Dangle the spider from a highly visible location near one of the fake spider webs, securing the line with a loop tied around a plant hook, or by using a thumbtack. For even more Halloween fun, dangle a fake spider in the area above where you keep the Halloween goodies during trick-or-treat.
Things You'll Need
Thumbtacks or staple gun with staples
Fake spiders in assorted sizes
Plant hook (optional)