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Embrace the tangle, and explore fiber art with your kids, using this Halloween-ish spider web mobile-making project!
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.
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.
To make your own DIY yarn spider web mobile you’ll need:
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- 16-24 Guage craft or floral wire (I used this kind), a stick, or an embroidery hoop
- Yarn, twine, roping, or similar (we used a variety of thicknesses and textures)
- Scrap fabric (we used scrap pieces of felt and cotton fabric)
- Fake spiders (we made simple pom pom spiders from yarn)
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Clear tape
DIY Yarn Spider Web Mobile Instructions:
- 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.
If you happen to have one around, you can use an embroidery hoop instead. It creates a perfect instant base for your mobile.
- 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!
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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”.
You don’t need bunches of yarn or fabric to see amazing results – this is all about creating a rich tapestry of fall texture.
- 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.
You can add anything you like to make your own spider webs feel like YOURS.
- 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.
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.
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.
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?
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