How To Make A Spider Nest For Halloween?

Spooky Spider Nest of Arachnophobic Delight!

Introduction: Spooky Spider Nest of Arachnophobic Delight!

I love spiders and their beautiful webs and do not often get to embrace that fun. until Halloween! This is a simple technique to make a giant spider nest.

Things you will need:
-Paper mache mix of choice (I used the cheap version — 1 part flour, 5 parts water, boil three minutes)
-Newspaper
-A balloon (the bigger the balloon, the bigger the nest!)
-A piece of twine
-plastic spiders
-spider webbing
-black and white spray paint (optional!)

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Step 1: Paper Mache

The first step is to blow up the balloon and tie it. Then, classic paper mache style, rip up strips of newspaper to dip in the paste. Apply the strips to the balloon. Repeat until completely covered except for where the tie is (I’m pinching it in the picture below). To help with hanging later, tie the twine into a loop and paste on some more newspaper strips to attach it. There are probably lots of ways to attach the twine, think about where you will hang it and experiment.

Step 2: Wrap It Up!

Let the paper mache dry. If the paper mache is not thick enough, add another layer (test with a little squeeze). If it is thick enough, then pop the balloon! It has served its purpose. Another option is to spray paint the shape white and the opening area black to hide the newspaper print. I did this, but in retrospect, it was not necessary.

Finally, wrap up your shape with lots and lots of webbing. Keep the hole open so you can have lots of spiders crawling out of it. Hang up your nest and add more webbing (future highways for little spiders). Add all the spiders you want and invite friends over that are terrified of spiders. When you answer the door, you can throw a few extra spiders at them.

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5 Discussions

I reeeaaaallllly want to make one of these! I love it!

I hate spiders but still nice

O gosh this is so scarry.

this is soooo cool and I so hate those creepy 8 legged creatures from hell. but if I make this no one will see it as I live in the back part of town and no kids come to my door for candy. I think the old ladies around here scare them to much. LOLOL

so i might save this for later and add it with my other project.
I am still making my trash bag spider dang it!

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Sounds like a wonderful idea, and my son is having a party this halloween, know just where i can put it, Thanks so much.

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Spook visitors with this hanging nest full of eight-legged creepy crawly spiders.

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Lately, I have been eyeing all sorts of spooky spider webs on crafting sites. I have been exploring the Internet for inspiration and getting in the mood for some epic holiday crafting with my kiddos.

Craft a Fake Spider Web Nest

Fake out your spider fearing friends with this fun spider nest project.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Unfortunately, many of these spider nest creations involve the use of glue. Without a covered porch plus exposure to the fall elements of the Northeast, they would surely disintegrate with the first windy rainstorm. There had to be a better and easier way that was more kid-friendly and less messy. With a little bit of crafting ingenuity, I came up with the perfect solution.

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White Yarn for Making Fake Spider Web Nests

Thick white yarn is perfect for forming the spider nest base and webbing.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

  • fake spider web
  • black plastic spiders
  • thick white yarn
  • scissors

Create the Base of the Spider Web Nest

The spider nest base is formed with a tight ball of white yarn.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Begin by making a tight ball of white yarn like so. It should be about the size of a baseball. Do not cut it free from the big skein of yarn just yet.

Wrap the Spider Nest with Fake Spider Webbing

Add fake spider webbing for a realistic effect.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Next begin to wrap the ball of white yarn in the fake spider web. Pull the web apart so it becomes wispy. Tuck some spiders into the web as you are wrapping it to completely cover the ball of yarn.

Add Spider to the Fake Spider Nest

Adding spiders in the webbing of the nest and to the outside brings the nest to life. It’s as if the spiders are emerging.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Next, continue wrapping the white yarn tightly around the ball of yarn and webbing in a random fashion like so. When satisfied, cut the yarn and tuck the end under an adjacent piece of yarn.

Display the Spider Nest

Spiders climb up the nest to new heights.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

To attach the spider web, cut another three-foot piece of yarn. Poke a hole with your finger through the top of the nest and push the yarn through. Even up the sides. Next cut another piece of yarn about two feet this time. Tie it to the base of the nest, and then wind it around the other piece of yarn until you reach the top. Tie all three ends together in a knot.

As a finishing touch, place some black plastic spiders outside the nest and some even on the yarn that attaches the nest to the hook.

Make plenty of these nests to greet guests and trick or treaters on Halloween. Who doesn’t love to be spooked by something that we see everyday in the nooks and crannies of our houses?

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DIY Spider Nest Wreath

Even those with arachnophobia will be caught up in a trance when checking out your DIY skills on this piece of Halloween décor. Add this yarn ball spider wreath to your list of creepy creations that make a nice statement without getting you tangled up in a big expense. You’ll be all set for Halloween night or to welcome guests to your Halloween bash with this Spider Wreath hanging on your door.

This post was written, styled and shot by Tara at Spot of Tea Designs. Her blog is one of the best on the web!

  • Yarn
  • Foam wreath
  • Balloons
  • Spider decoration
  • Black cheesecloth
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Craft stick (for mixing)
  • Straight pin (for popping)
  • Ribbon

First, cover your work surface as things are about to get sticky! Create your glue mixture by adding water to glue in a bowl and using a craft stick to mix it all up.

Cut an arm’s length piece of yarn and submerge it in the glue mixture. Repeat to include several manageable strands of yarn.

Blow up some balloons to small varying sizes.

Pull the yarn out of the mixture and slide between two fingers to remove excess glue mixture. Wrap the yarn around the balloon in all directions. Tuck the end of the yarn into the ball.

Set the yarn wrapped balloon aside to dry. Repeat to make additional web pods.

While they are drying, cut and wrap two pieces of yarn around the wreath in an “X” shape. Repeat to add two additional pieces to shown across as the base of your spider web.

Cut an additional piece of yarn and tie onto one strand. Move in a circular motion around the web, wrapping the yarn around each piece until you get back to where you started. Tie a knot. Repeat these steps to create additional concentric circles on your web base.

Once your web is complete, cut long pieces of black cheesecloth and begin wrapping around the foam wreath to cover. Use hot glue to secure.

Once the balloons are dry, use a pin to pop them and remove the balloon from one of the holes.

Use hot glue to attach the balls, spider decoration, and ribbon for hanging to the wreath.

Cover your door with spiderwebs as the backdrop and hang your wreath front and center. Trick-or-treaters will love looking at your awesome DIY when ringing your door for some chocolates!

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Cheap DIY Halloween decorations: How to turn white tights into a spiders nest

If you’re throwing a party this Halloween this this cheap and easy-to-make decoration will have your guests petrified!

  • 26 Oct 2016, 15:39
  • Updated : 26 Oct 2016, 23:05
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IF you’re planning a bit of a Halloween bash then you’re going to need some decorations.

But there’s nothing worse than spending a fortune on plastic spiders and their friends that will be fun for 24 hours only, after which they’ll most likely be tossed in the bin and never thought of again.

White tights spider nests

It’s situations such as these that require spider nests made from white tights, naturally.

These spooky hanging decorations take a little patience to stuff and stick together but they look great and don’t cost as much as pre-made versions in stores that end up in the bin at the end of the night.

You can attach them pretty much anywhere but spots where they’d be least expected are great to give guest a little bit of a fright.

You will need:

  • White sheer tights
  • Toilet roll or cotton wool
  • Glue
  • Plastic spiders
  • Scissors

Cost per nest, £1.68p
Half a pair of tights = 75p (£3 for a two pack of tights from Asda)
One toilet roll = 43p (£1.75 for a four pack from Asda)
Half a bag of plastic spiders = £1 (£1.99 for a full pack from B&M)
One quarter of a glue stick = 49p (£1.99 for a Pritt Stick from B&M)

Method

Step 1
Cut off the top of a pair of tights, so that you are left with two long separate legs that are both open at the top.

Step 2
Stuff your two individual legs with toilet paper or cotton wool, depending on what you’re using. Try to mould a rounded bottom and gradually decrease the filling as you go up the leg to create droplet shapes. This may take a lot of stuffing and shaping but it will be worth it.

Step 3
Glue spiders inside and outside the tights, concentrating on the bottom to create a nest effect and gradually reduce their number as you work your way up the leg of the tights.

Step 4
And you’re done! All you need to do now it to hang your spider nests from stairways, doorframes, ceilings or washing lines for a creepy Halloween look. We added some fake spider webs too.

There are loads of ways to save money this Halloween and making your own decorations is the funnest and easiest way.

Just use items lying around your home to create the perfect atmosphere — without breaking the bank.

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