Have you seen yarn glue lanterns? Well, I decided to apply the same technique to make custom spider webs for my Halloween decorations this year. Create the shape you want, let it dry, do a little spray painting, and you have spider webs of your very own!
Step 1: Supplies
To create these custom spider webs, you will need:
- Elmer's glue
- Corn starch
- Black yarn
- Chunky glitter
- Wax paper
- Black spray paint (optional)
and also a:
- Pair of scissors
- Disposable cup
- Piece of paper
Step 2: Mix
Combine the Elmer's glue, cornstarch, & water in a disposable cup. The ratios I used were:
- 1/2 a 7.625 fl oz bottle of Elmer's Glue
- 1/4th cup water
- 1/2 cup corn starch
Step 3: Cut & Combine
Cut three pieces of yarn ~1ft in length. Then, cut two that are ~2ft long. Dip them into the glue-cornstarch mixture. I decided to dip them one a time. Use the paintbrush to swirl it around in the cup, becoming completely covered in the mixture.
Grab the end of one piece of yarn and slowly pull it out of the cup. Use the paint brush to slowly scrape off the glue-cornstarch. This keeps the yarn edges clean when it dries (vs white, crunchy edges that you will want to trim with scissors like I had to do).
Step 4: Arrange
Take the two shorter pieces of yarn and place one vertically on the wax paper. Then, take the second and place it horizontally. Make sure they overlap a little in the corner. After it dries, you can trim away any extra pieces.
Take the longer pieces of yarn and create curves. Make sure the yarn overlaps along the ends.
Step 5: Let Dry
Create as many spider webs as you need! I had enough of the glue-cornstarch mixture to make two smaller webs and one really large one.
Put them in a safe place to dry. I ended up letting mine dry overnight.
Step 6: Glitter Spiders
While the spider webs are drying, you have time for some fun details! I made some glitter spiders to hang & dangle from the webs.
First, cover a portion of the spider in Elmer's glue. Then, pour some chunky glitter over it, covering it completely. Lift up the spider and shake off any extra glitter.
Step 7: More Colors!
Experiment by layering some different colors and patterns!
Step 8: Peel
After the spider webs have dried, start at one end and slowly peel the yarn away from the wax paper. I placed my hand flush with the wax paper and slowly slid it towards the center, using my hand as a wedge.
Step 9: Trim
I noticed that I left too much extra glue-cornstarch on the yarn when I made the webs, which created a messy edge.
Use a small pair of scissors to trim along the sides and create a nice, clean edge.
Step 10: Spray Paint
Place the spider webs on some pieces of cardboard. Cover them with a layer of black spray paint and let them dry.
Step 11: Add the Spiders!
Cut a small piece of yarn and glue one end to the spider and one end to an edge of the spider web.
Step 12: Hang Your Spider Webs!
Hang your spider webs in the corners of your rooms or in a window frame. I used some double sided tape to secure mine in place.