TUTORIAL: 10 min Giant Yarn Spider Web

by Dana on October 14, 2011

Okay, one final addition to our Halloween decor….
Giant DIY spider web.

I wanted something simple, clean, and colorful–not the white mossy web stuff (it’s cool; just not for my house. I’m not into the spooky/spooky thing). You only need a bit of yarn and a few pieces of tape. Easy!
and then I loved the big web so much….I made a smaller version for our front door.
Here’s what you do.
Pick your color. I’ve really got a thing for fuschia and purple this season.
Then pick a spot for the web–indoors or outdoors. Ours goes from the window to the china cabinet, which allows the web to angle and pop out a bit. It adds good dimension, rather than laying flat against the wall.

Start by making the skeleton arms of the web.
I used double-strands of yarn and just taped the ends to the wall and cabinet with simple scotch tape. Make an X, then make other criss-cross lines, and finally make a big vertical strand from the ceiling down. I did this one last so it could lay on the other strings and pop out (since it wasn’t taped to a three dimensional object like the cabinet)
Next make the web rings.
Cut a very long strand of yarn for each section–longer than you think you’ll need. Fold it in half and start the ring with a simple loop knot (or whatever fancy name it has). Then take the yarn around to each arm and simply loop it around. You don’t need to tie knots–this is fast and easy. Don’t try to be accurate and precise. It’s better to look wonky here and there! When you get back around to beginning of the ring tie the end with a knot, cut off the excess, and start over on the next ring.
Continue the process to create as many rings as you like. For the very center ring, I skipped every other web arm so the lines would look more angular and less like a circle.
And there you go! Giant yarn spider web.
Of course you need a spider or two, lurking in the web.
The kids made these with my friend Katherine (I think it’s a Martha Stewart template) and covered them with glitter. Cute little craft.
and now they have a home.
To make a smaller version in a picture frame it’s just as easy….

I took a thrifted frame, removed the artwork and glass, spray painted it green (Krylon brand, gloss), then used speckled yarn to weave a little web. Done!
Looks great inside or on the front door.
The Halloween decor is finished! I’m not usually into this holiday but having a black china cabinet helps the idea process. Check out all the decor HERE, using these 5 tutorials:

And oddly enough, I’ve been listening to Christmas music while posting. I guess I should turn on Monster Mash or better yet, Werewolf Bar Mitzvah…..boys becoming men, men becoming wolves….

Have a great weekend!

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1 Britney {Jesse's Girl} September 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I love this! Need to make it!

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2 Sarita Schraeder September 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I really love that idea! I am a HUGE Krylon fan! I love the color you picked! I pinned it for sure!!

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3 Amy September 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I’m trying this withing minutes of finishing this comment!

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4 Amy September 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

*within ;)

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5 Nicole October 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I just came across your site and I LOVE this! I just finished one in my dining room and it only took me 15 minutes! My kids are going to love it! Thank you so much for posting!!

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6 Tiffany LaGrange October 25, 2012 at 12:50 am

Loved this last year when I did it and love it this year when I was inspired to do my own Giant yarn spiderweb! And I gave a link to you! Thanks! http://www.craftinterrupted.com/2012/10/super-easy-outdoor-spiderwebs.html

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7 Dawn November 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

We made these in my 5th Grade Science class for our homeschool co-op today after studying insects and spiders!

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8 Lis March 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

Just made this with red yarn in a black picture frame. Turned out great. Love your site ;)

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9 priya August 13, 2013 at 3:50 am

Just made it for my son….he loved it..thanks a lot the great idea!

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10 Cassandra October 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

When I saw this tutorial on pinterest, I knew that it would be perfect for my front door. I found the perfect black baroque frame, and a lovely speckled yarn. The cross section is snug in it’s spot, but I seem to be having issues with the spiral staying in place. As I make my way around the web, the yarn starts to slip and the web looses it’s shape. Do you have any tips for keeping the web in place?

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11 Dana October 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

hmm. sorry, I’ve never had that problem. It could be the way you’re twisting it, try twisting in the opposite direction as you go around each spindle. Sorry. I’m sure that makes no sense at all :)

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12 Ronda-J October 11, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Clever and classy. Thanks for sharing…..I’m totally going to do this!

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13 Maddie's Momma January 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Thanks! I just made this for a date night clue for hubby. My 4 year old helped and it was a blast. Super easy, looks cool, and was just right. We put it in front of the bathtub hanging from the ceiling to the tub with dark yarn. Thanks!

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14 Maeghan October 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm

My so Parker and I are making the web this year for Halloween. We r making a Big web on the front door. Than we r making spooky spiders for the web. Thank you for the tutorial. We Love doing crafts together.

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