In The Sunny House, Halloween decorating has begun. Our first Halloween project of the year is a wire spider web. Teddy enjoyed this task immensely… tools for boys, you see. He cut the sticks using sharp garden sheers, he nipped the wire using pliers and he is now spooking everyone with his wire spiderweb.
Tools and materials we needed :
- 3 long sticks (foraged from the garden)
- Thin, easily bendable wire (found at a hardware store)
- Garden sheers
- Pliers (or sharp scissors if you don’t have pliers)
Use the garden sheers to cut the sticks in to long even lengths. We cut ours to about 20 inches long.
Make a star with the three sticks, joining them together at the center by winding the wire tightly around them.
Then, using the garden sheers again, make notches along each stick. These notches will help to keep the strands of the wire web in place.
Begin winding the wire in a spiral to make the fine spider web. The wire goes around each stick to hold the strands in place before moving on to be wound around the next stick. Teddy was amazed at the amount of delicate work that was required of him… he has new respect for spiders!
When our spider web was complete, I tied a little knot in the end of the wire to keep the web together.
When Kitty came home from school, she was amazed at her brothers’ masterpiece! ‘It’s beautiful!’ she gasped and Teddy shone with pride.
His spider web hangs from our chandelier, catching the light in such a beautiful way. Teddy has noticed a few spiderwebs outside since making his own and each time he has called me and together we have examined it in awe. I love how this Halloween project has given him a new appreciation for the genius that is in nature.
Have you started Halloween crafting too?
Blessings and magic,