Make: A DIY Yarn Spider Web Mobile or Wall-Hanging

Embrace the tangle, and explore fiber art with your kids, using this Halloween-ish spider web mobile-making project!

Our Eva Hesse-inspired DIY yarn spider web wall hanging against a white wall.

Inspired by the natural order of DISorder (and influenced by artist Eva Hesse), here’s an invitation to crawl into a fiber art corner and explore the process of weaving your own tangled web. 🕷️🕸️🕷️ Done as a wall-hanging (great flat work for younger kids) or mobile for those who want to explore looping and knotting in mid-air.

Our Eva Hesse-inspired DIY yarn spider web mobile hanging in front of a neutral-colored wall.

You don’t need handfuls of fancy yarns to spin a stunning web. I was able to create loads of different textures by cutting up scraps of felt and patterned fabrics I could tie together to create long strips. You can braid, twist, or make tassels – use supplies like leather roping or steel ball chains.

Save all the fabric and yarn scraps you may not have used – you can use them to decorate a unique and artful soft sculpture creature. gradient leaf banners.

To make your own DIY yarn spider web mobile you’ll need:

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BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • 16-24 Guage craft or floral wire (I used this kind), a stick, or an embroidery hoop
  • Scissors
  • Yarn, twine, roping, or similar (we used a variety of thicknesses and textures)
  • Scrap fabric (we used scrap pieces of felt and cotton fabric)

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

  • Fake spiders (we made simple pom pom spiders from yarn)
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Clear tape

DIY Yarn Spider Web Mobile Instructions:

  1. Bend wire into a circle or use an embroidery hoop for the mobile frame

    Using a thin copper craft wire (anywhere from 16-24 gauge is easy to bend with your hands, but will hold its shape) create a circle – twisting the ends to join.
    Bend wire into a circle or use an embroidery hoop for the spider web mobile base.
    If you happen to have one around, you can use an embroidery hoop instead. It creates a perfect instant base for your mobile.

  2. OR: Find a twig full of personality to use as a base for a wall-hanging

    Don’t have a great space to hang a mobile, or looking for a method that’s a little simpler? Use a stick or branch to create the base for a wall-hanging instead. All the steps for your spider web fiber art can be done on a flat surface, which makes this variation a little easier for younger kids. Finding a good-looking stick is a great excuse to get out for a bit of fresh air!
    Find a twig full of personality to use as a base for a spider web wall hanging.
    You can use it as is, or wrap a piece of copper wire around it at the center to create a simple hanger as we did.

  3. Gather yarns and scrap fabrics to use for the strings of your spider web

    In addition to a couple of types of inexpensive yarns, I gathered up some felt, leather roping, and fabric scraps. You can turn awkwardly-sized scrap pieces into long strips by cutting the fabric into thin strips and tieing the strips together.
    Gather yarns and scrap fabrics to use for your spider webs.
    To create different thicknesses and textures from one ball of yarn, you can also braid it, twist it, or make it into tassels of varying lengths.

  4. Start tying your web together

    And now let the knotting fun begin…! Although we decided to forgo a plan and see where this project took us, tieing 2-3 pieces of yarn or fabric onto your stick/wire base is an easy place to start. Once you have a few strings started, start tying them together, loop pieces of yarn over them, twist fabric strips around them, building up the layers of your “web”.
    Start tying your yarn and fabric pieces to your stick, then together to build your spider web. | from barley & birch
    You don’t need bunches of yarn or fabric to see amazing results – this is all about creating a rich tapestry of fall texture.

  5. Finish by adding details and embellishments

    A pom pom spider and brightly colored paper leaves add the special little touches that give our wall-hanging personality and make it come alive.
    A pom pom spider and paper leaves sitting on a white background.
    You can add anything you like to make your own spider webs feel like YOURS.

  6. For a mobile, hang with twine

    I found it was much easier to hang up the frame of our mobile FIRST, then start tying on strings, weaving our “web,” and adding small details along the way.
    Our Eva Hesse-inspired DIY yarn spider web mobile hanging in front of a neutral-colored wall.
    I cut four long pieces of twine (same length), then tied each end onto the wireframe – evenly spacing them around the diameter of the wire circle. Tie the four strings together at the top and gently pull up the mobile frame by the twine knot, ensuring that your frame hangs flat across. Hang and begin making your “web”. For younger kids, hanging over a doorknob is a good way to keep the work at their eye level. They can sit on the floor or drag over a chair and tie away!

Because I find nature endlessly inspiring, a gorgeous feather found on the beach up north, and some bursts of concentrated color courtesy of cut-out paper Aspen leaves gave our mobile its finishing touches. A piece of clear tape attaches the paper leaves to a piece of thin copper wire, making them incredibly easy to add anywhere (or move around!). The little bits of wound copper wire remind me of the twisty tendrils you see so often at this time of year on pumpkins and vines.

A close-up detail of our Eva Hesse-inspired DIY yarn spider web mobile hanging in front of a neutral-colored wall.
Our Eva Hesse-inspired DIY yarn spider web mobile hanging in front of a neutral-colored wall.

For our wall-hanging, a pom pom spider felt ESSENTIAL, and it couldn’t have been simpler. We used what we had – leftover yarn, copper wire, and scissors. My friend Maggy made this video tutorial for easy DIY fork-wrap pom poms (I tend to prefer the imperfect, floofy look for spiders!) that worked perfectly for this spider! Once the pom pom is finished, cut 3 pieces of copper wire and bend the ends into tiny little “claw tufts”. Tie the cut copper wire pieces together with black yarn, then tie them onto your pom pom. Bend and shape the legs.

Our DIY pom pom spider sitting on a white background.

And of course, a pair of googley eyes can go a long way when creating yarn minibeasts.

When it comes to decorating your own spider webs, use whatever inspires you this time of year. What will be caught in YOUR webs?

For another fabric scrap Halloween activity, try making your own DIY Dracula puppet! And be sure to queue up our Spotify Halloween playlist while you craft – monster-recommended,kid-approved, jams!


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Amanda E.
With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.

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