Recently, I took an early morning walk and the dew was heavy – throughout the field, spider webs sparkled and dripped with dew. It occurred to me, spiders are experts at string art. Why not DIY Spider Web String Art for Halloween? And that’s exactly what Debi Schmitz did. Yes, it’s creepy and it’s crawly, but this Halloween Spider Web String Art is perfect for Halloween. It’s string art made the easy – no hammers and no pounding! (And I have the winners of the Back-to-School Craft Kit Giveaway.)
To make Halloween Spider Web String Art, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
- Fabric, ½ yd in purple
- Escutcheon pins in gold, 3/4”
- Crystal metallic embroidery floss, one skein
- 1 package 7/8” sequin pins with flat heads
- Pompoms, 1” in black, four
- Chenille stems, two 3mm, in black
- Pearl head straight pins in white, four
- Ribbon, 1-1/2 yds in Halloween print
- U-pin or other metal hangar for the back
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; ruler; chalk pencil or disappearing marker; optional: iron
To make Halloween Spider Web String Art:
1. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, measure and score a 12” x 12” square on the foam sheet. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap and cut out the square.
2. If needed, iron the fabric. Cut 16” x 16” and 13” x 13” pieces from the fabric.
3. Center the foam square on the reverse side of the 16” x 16” fabric piece. Wrap the fabric around the foam square, just like wrapping a present. Be sure the fabric is smooth and taut in front, and carefully fold the fabric at the corners to keep fabric flat and square. Pin and glue the fabric to the back.
4. Center 13” x 13” fabric piece on the back, and glue edges all around. Let dry, and then trim away any excess fabric.
5. On the back, measure 1-1/2” down from the center of one edge. This is where you’ll add a hanger. Dip ends of a U-pin in glue, and insert into the back. Let glue dry.
6. With a chalk pencil or disappearing marker, lightly draw the spider web design on the front of the square. Follow the diagram and use a ruler to make sure it’s straight and centered.
7. Dip points of escutcheon pins into glue, and then insert pins halfway into the foam sheet where indicated by the diagram. Let glue dry.
8. Knot the embroidery floss around the middle nail. Wrap floss, keeping it taut, around the escutcheon pins in this order:
- From the center, work your way to the end of one “spoke”, wrapping floss around each pin.
- Repeat, wrapping the floss around the pins again and back to the center.
- Wrap all eight spokes in the same manner.
- Wrap the thread around each pin in the inner circle.
- Repeat, wrapping each pin in the middle circle, and then the outer circle.
- To finish, wrap floss around a pin in the middle circle on the spoke to the left.
- Let floss hang down, off the picture.
- Spot glue the wrapped pins, where needed, to help hold floss in place.
9. Make the spiders:
- Glue two pompoms together.
- Insert pearl head straight pins for eyes.
- Cut a chenille stem into four equal pieces.
- Tightly twist lengths together in the center, and shape into eight spider legs.
- Glue legs to spider body.
- Glue spiders to the string art.
10. Glue Halloween ribbon around outside edge of the artwork. If needed, pin in place while glue dries.
If you’d like to make a few spiders for your String Art, how about these Itsy Bitsy Spiders?
Here’s one of the beautiful spider webs I saw on my early morning walk. It was a cool morning and felt more like fall than summer. Are you seeing signs of fall, too?
Fall means it’s back-to-school time, too, and I have the winners of the Back-to-School Craft Kit Giveaway. LisaM6 and Barb Macaskill each win two Project Brick Kits and two Solar System Kits — one to keep and one to share with their teacher. Congratulations! Please contact me for the details.